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  1. Scott L

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    Have you seen the commercials on TV how they boosted the download speed to 3mbit? I'm pretty sure that's all just marketing since speeds seem to be about the same, though much more reliable from about a half a year ago.

    I'm curious if anyone can upload faster than ~30kbps? I have tons of webspace but each server I try to upload to using Smart FTP doesn't go faster than that.
     
  2. DarrenHo

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    the 3Mb/sec is download speed. i think my uploads area bout 270Kb/sec. that hasn't seemed to change.
     
  3. Kyle McKnight

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    Ya, they say they doubled the speed....but I still am capped at 256kbps upload (30KB or so). Download did double to 3mbps though.
     
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    I was in the process of switching to Qwest Choice DSL Deluxe (1.5 mpbs down/1.0 mbps up) for $28/month + $6.99/month for Qwest.net ISP. Real speeds come in at 1.3 mbps down & 880 kbps up. Anyway, I've heard that a lot of the DSL outfits around the country are upping their speeds without cost to compete with cable specs...probably one of the reasons why Comcast upgraded.

    Once Comcast switched to 3.0 mpbs down, which consistently measures at or above rating, I'm confused what to do. Side by side, downloads speeds favor Comcast, but I'm not sure if a couple of blinks of the eye less are worth the $11/month premium they charge for cable.

    Plus, I've noticed my uploads with Comcast, which regularly clocked in at ~240-250 kbps prior to the upgrade, have dropped to around 160 kbps.
     
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    Comcast used to have 2 tiers of
    broadband service as far as download
    speed, with top speeds for business users
    priced around $99 per month.

    Suddenly, in an effort to compete with
    DSL, Comcast got rid of the higher tier
    plan and doubled everyone's speed.

    I saw my speed dramatically increase.
     
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    Cox cable in northern va has doubled everyone's speed to 3Mbits per sec now.
    They also have a newer plan that gives 4Mbit with 384k upload but it is too expensive for me ($79.00 a month).

    Jeff
     
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    Comcast increased the download cap from 1800 to 3300 on the standard silver package. The Pro service that was 3500/384 was moved to the business side and the new speeds for it are now 4300/384. If you want those speeds though it would be cheaper to upgrade to the home networking package. You have to use thier Linksys modem/router combo and have to pay $100 for the install but you'll get the same 4300/384 speeds as Pro.

    Comcast Home Networking


    DSL providers have countered with 3mbps upgrades and offerings of their own. Now rumors are starting again with Cable Co's looking to increase speeds. Comcast is apparently looking at bumping everyone to 5-6mbps down and 384-512kbps up. Nothing more then speculation and unofficial chatter from anonymous sources but time will tell.
     
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    Yeah, I've heard about Comcast looking to bump up to 6mbps download.....while I would be fine with the 384kbps upload...it would really kick ass for them to bump it to 512.
     
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    Has Comcast officially removed invisible caps from downloads?
     
  10. James St

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    Comcast has been so vague about the invisible caps from the get go that it's hard to say. The complaints about receiving excessive bandwidth letters seems to have gone down in recent months so perhaps they caught enough heat from customers and the press to stop sending them out.
     
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    ok i have comcast.
    so what does this all mean?
    "invisible caps from downloads"
    "bump it to 512"
    "Comcast switched to 3.0 mpbs down"
     
  13. Kyle McKnight

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    Tony...

    "invisible caps from downloads"

    -some people were getting letters that they were exceeding download limits...but it was never said what the download limit is.

    "bump it to 512"

    -make the standard upload speed 512kbps. Right now it's 256kbps.

    "Comcast switched to 3.0 mbps down"

    -you can now download twice as fast as you could before.
     
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    I just wish they would drop the price. For me, Comcast is running nearly $50 a month for service + modem rental + taxes. Right now my company is paying for it, but that may end at some point in the next couple of months. I haven't seen any commercials about the speed upgrades here though. I wonder if that's only specific markets. I'll have to check my speed tonight.
     
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    Tony try this article for background regarding the invisible caps.

    Time Warner in San Antonio is launching a 6000/512 tier for $70. Could Comcast be next?
     
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    so limits on usage but they wont tell you how much you really use.
    how about that.

    i wonder how much dsl is in my area?

    edit.. not available yet.
     
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    I'm currently paying $60/month for my Comcast broadband because I'm not a Comcast cable subscriber. I'll be moving in a couple of weeks and thankfully DSL is available at the new address. I'll be switching to faster DSL for $45/month. I can't wait to get away from Comcast.
     
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    A few weeks after getting Comcast I was notified DSL is now available. The pricing was deceptive as it quoted 28.99 but then this didn't include the ISP, which from the choices was at least another 20.00. Five dollar difference in DSL's favor, but so far it hasn't been worth it to switch.

    I think I got some email notice about the increase in speed, but didn't pay and haven't paid much attention to a performance increase.
     

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