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FCC: 80% of users are clueless about broadband speeds

By Matthew
Jun 3, 2010
  1. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,056   +970

    Is this a "locked in for life" plan. I think the 3Gb is about 34 bucks to get now. I think you meant "3Gbs", not 3MB. I doesn't convert, 3Gbs to 3MBs directly, binary math. Let me know if I'm wrong here.
     
  2. you pay $30 a month for 25 mb FIOS? Thirty dollars? Puhleesse!
     
  3. He is not telling the truth obviously. Not accusing him or deception, but certainly of ignorance. There is no place in the country you can get that speed for that price.
     
  4. Chris5gd

    Chris5gd TS Rookie

    Only 80%?
     
  5. maddmatt02

    maddmatt02 TS Rookie Posts: 115

    I pay for 10/1(cant get a faster upload from my isp) and speedtest shows around 6-7/1 usually. I do show 10 sometimes, but never more.couple family members have same isp in the next town and a 1.5 can show almost 3 and a 5 can show almost 6-7 as well. if only I could get the 5Mbps down and still get the 1 up....

    when browsing the web though it doesnt feel anything like 10M, maybe my isp just knows when I am running a test and says oh crap we better let him have it all right now...
     
  6. foxrox

    foxrox TS Member Posts: 20

    There are few choices in my area. Verizon has just sold out to some outfit called Frontier, whom I have never heard of. Verizon's service has been really crappy and overpriced, so it will be interesting to see what comes of this change. I have a gut feeling it is not going to be good.

    I also wonder how this is going to affect my "bundle". I have Verizon phone and DSL bundled with DirectTV and receive one bill from Verizon. The DirectTV is discounted $20 per month with the Verizon bundle. If the discount goes away and I have to pay two monthly bills, I am not going to be a happy camper. DirectTV has a very punitive early termination clause, so it would be really expensive to switch to the only other provider (Charter) in my area that offers decent broadband speeds.
     
  7. 3GB/ps would be extremely fast :D
    3MegaBit second with verizon is typical.
    3 megabit = 0.375 megabyte per second or about 375 kbytes/ps download rate.Where as 3GB/ps be about 384 megabytes per second. So in theory you would download a full 700mb cd image in less then 2 seconds. A DVD in less then 7 seconds.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_rate_units
     
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