If it were offered here in Nashville, I would physically wet myself and cry for about a half-hour, then lose everything I hold dear for being tethered to a PC for days on end, downloading huge files I couldn't possibly ever need.
I live in Eastern Canada and all my buddies and I have cable. We all average between 300 - 450k/s d/l speeds, offen getting much faster speeds from good servers. I have in the past d/l' ed a file at 1.3 megs/sec, however this is not the norm. For the people who get slower speeds ( 20 - 30 k/s dl) do you live in large urban areas? I guess better internet is one benefit of living in an area that is not very populated when compared to the rest of the industrialized world. Anyway just my two cents, and keep on supporting XP-erience - keep up the good work folks.
I'm considering upgrading to "broadband" from my very slow 56k connection, however here in the UK there appear to be only three ways to go, cable modems using NTL or Telewest or ADSL using British Telecom. No-one has mentioned "contention" as a factor (that's how many users are using your local node). I've been lead to beleive that for each user logged on a fifty percent reduction in the node bandwith per user can be expected if they all try to download a 20 Mb file simultaniously.
Contention ratios of 20:1 could reduce the bandwith to less than a modem at high usage time is this true?
Some of our cable companies suggest that they manage and monitor all thier local nodes constantly therby guaranteeing that contention is not an issue as resources can be re-allocated dynamically. I’d like to know how they do this when the maximum users per node are all on-ine using the same cable?
Also if you use ADSL along copper wire (local loop) the connection speed from your computer to the local telephone exchange will be at the slowest speed of the phisical properties of the wires used. It seems to me that poor cabling in the dweling could cost you dear at time of high usage.
I'm living in the north/west of The Netherlands...i have Cable around the 55 kb/sec it can be faster but because of the monopoly-position of the cable compagny here the arent pumping the speed up. I have to live with it...
Its very hard but i will survive...(hopefully)
Its still the fastes internet connection here in the Netherlands...(Den Helder).