[lug] Home Broadband Download Speeds

David Ahern dsahern at gmail.com
Tue Oct 4 11:48:47 MDT 2011

On 10/04/2011 11:43 AM, Lori Reed wrote:
> I'm wondering, of what use is 20 Mbps download speed for home use?
> The 9 Mbps we get from Comcast is 50% more than is necessary to stream 
> DVD quality from Netflix, and on weekend nights Netflix often stalls at 
> that, and I doubt it's a "last mile" issue.
> Nothing I've downloaded has *ever* come close to that speed so I have to 
> assume it's either slow servers on the far end, or clogged tubes in the 
> middle.
> Even loading web pages with Firefox v3.6 seems to be more dependent on 
> how many ads from who knows how many servers than any inefficiencies on 
> my end.
> So what am I missing in terms of web content? Multiple video streams (I 
> can see that being an issue, but so far we haven't done that)? What's 
> out there to demonstrate that I'm still living in the steam age of the 
> Intertubes?

git clone

rent movie, download to tablet for viewing on airplane.

i.e., pulling down multiple GB's of data while tapping fingers waiting
for it to complete.


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