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Dear PoP – Fast(er) Internet Speeds for Real?

by Prince Of Petworth April 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm 27 Comments


Photo by PoPville flickr user fromcaliw/love

“Dear PoP,

Comcast advertises 5 tiers of Internet speeds. These range from economy (1Mbps/sec at $25/mo) to Extreme (50Mbps/sec at $100/mo) with 3 options in between. Does anyone know if these varying service levels make a significant difference in download speed? Like many DC residents who work from home our service provider options are limited and we’d like to make an informed decision. We have been on the HS economy plan since moving here 7 years ago when that was the only choice. Years ago when I asked my Comcast rep for improvement he said that the equipment in CH would not allow much faster speeds regardless of what service tier I purchased. Was he wrong? Have things changed lately?”

Yeah, I’m also interested in this question. Last October we had a brief discussion about cable companies. Now that I’m uploading photos through PoP what speed do you think would be best? What speed to most people use for regular browsing?

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