Speeds dropping really low at primetime

harshness

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May 5, 2007
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You know as well as I do that is garbage. No ISP is going to sell 100 Mbps service and intentionally scale it back to 70. Comcast, Charter, Cox, Altice, Verizon, AT&T even HughesNet and others all over provision by up to 20%. In the GUI on some cable modems you can see the exact provisions set by the bin file. There is enough evidence scattered around the internet to prove the majority of providers over provision their tiers.
Yet few are managing to wring out the number they were promised "up to" during higher traffic times. My 60Mbps service universally drops precipitously in the evenings but during the lower usage times, it can be faster that 60Mbps. As an individual, I'm obviously set up for higher speed but if the network of combined individuals is set up for half or less than the sum of their "up tos" then that's what it really comes down to.

Last night I ran a speed test with no significant traffic in my home (just my weather station, VOIP phone and my thermostat) and the numbers were in the low 20s. Somewhere along the path between myself and the Internet, I'm alotted perhaps one third of my "up-to" speed in the aggregate of my neighborhood so that's what I'm really provisioned for.

It doesn't matter if you subscribe to a car can do 150mph if you're stuck in heavy traffic.
 
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harshness

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Over provisioned is what they call it..as much as 100%.... they assume only 1/2 the users use it at any given time
Some quick math tells me that 200% of half the users should result in 100% of the advertised bandwidth for every user. That's not what is happening in my segment of the network. Mine appears to be closer to maybe 20% over-provisioning (I get about 72Mbps on a 60Mbps line off-peak) with an assumption of around 32-35% of the users active at any given time.

Marketing is one thing, design is another and reality is something entirely different from either of those.
 

Paul9971

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Some quick math tells me that 200% of half the users should result in 100% of the advertised bandwidth for every user. That's not what is happening in my segment of the network. Mine appears to be closer to maybe 20% over-provisioning (I get about 72Mbps on a 60Mbps line off-peak) with an assumption of around 32-35% of the users active at any given time.

Marketing is one thing, design is another and reality is something entirely different from either of those.
It should be noted that 99.9% of users don't care about your over-provisioning.
 

harshness

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It should be noted that 99.9% of users don't care about your over-provisioning.
You've got that wrong. I claim to be under-provisioned in the grand scheme while Juan would have you believe that everyone is significantly over-provisioned.

Do you get the speeds that are advertised for your service?
 
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arlo

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True. Nobody gripes driving the Hellcat up Pikes Peak. Everyone does if they have a Chevette.
Checked mine and got 103 of the 100 I pay for. VPN slows it to 60.
Company had Bellsouth dialup back in the day. 56K honest. Bean counters got a better deal. Same cable out of the same facility to the plant but through a different provider. 23k best we could get. Bellsouth did the service calls. Was told 22K was what they had to provide and that's that. Tried explaining that we were getting 56k. Got a blank stare.
I'd keep hammering the phone until you get satisfaction. And dial from a different number because that's how they roll.
"not bob...AGAIN".
 

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