Here are my internet access speed statistics from home. That’s almost 12 Mbps for downloading and 702 kbps for uploading. I pay $29.99 through Comcast Online in central New Jersey, which I think was the promotional rate for their 6 Mbps. Somehow due to the customer service representative’s confusion, they gave me the the fast speed and the low priced promotion at the time. The regular price is currently $42.95. They advertise their top speed as 8 Mbps, but I’ve been busting through that barrier for months.
Take the speed test from Speakeasy, choose your closest benchmark server, and post your results and price. I’m curious to see what prices people pay for what kind of internet access. Also mention if it’s a “promotional” rate.
For what it’s worth, I used to run a bulletin board system (BBS) over a 1200 baud (bps) modem before eventually upgrading to 14.4 kbps and later 57.6 kbps. My connection speed is now 10,463 times faster than the speed at which I first discovered the internet.
Updated December 20, 2011 and originally published August 1, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.