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I have no idea how this happened, I just hope it didn't come with another famous Comcast rate increase.

Here's the story, I have had the Comcast "blast" service which is rated up to 16Mb/s download, 2Mb/s upload. I have been paying for the same level of service for about 5 years.

When I first got it, I would get about 12/2, and after a free modem upgrade to docsis 3 I began to get a steady 25/4 as shown here:


Two weeks ago I noticed my download speeds had gotten worst, so I ran a couple of speed tests and got this:


Well i put it off for the past couple of weeks because I can pretty much still do whatever I want on the internet without hesitation.

Today I went to download a very large file and got a pleasant surprise. It was downloading far faster than I have ever seen it before.


What gives? Is there some sort of infrastructure upgrades going on? I am dying to know if this is something that was expected or what. I am afraid to call Comcast for fear that they made a mistake and they take it away.
Edited by PhillyOverclocker - 2/27/11 at 8:09pm
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post #2 of 17
You should see what they do with my TV. I have a certain number of channels, and in a few months, I have A whole different set of them.
post #3 of 17
You should call them so they can fix it..
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Tell them to give south Jersey some love.

Pretty please?
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Is FIOS coming to your neighborhood?
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Originally Posted by scottsee View Post
You should call them so they can fix it..


They upgraded your internet.... I will take a stab in the dark and say that either Uverse, Fios or one of the other fiber optic services is now avail in your area, or it will be soon.. Did the same to me about 1 month after the Uverse guy was here pitching me the 30MB internet....


No need to call them, just dont exeed the crappy 250GB data transfer limit per month...

Comcast HD selection is still pretty lame....
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-_-. I'm jealous. Sitting here with 5Mbps max down and .5Mbps max up with a ping of 70+.

Traffic load difference or maybe they are doing an upgrade. If the latter, then consider yourself lucky. I doubt they'd charge without notifying you of an increase since that's an easy lawsuit for you to win.
     
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post #8 of 17
It could be that turbo boost initial download boost they have...or not as many people on at that time on your node...or it's an infrastructure thing that they kept hush hush because of an encroaching new, faster service from a rival.

Try again tomorrow...even later and check your results.
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I experienced similar to this when comcast upgraded hardware in our neighborhood. I saw a few comcast trucks doing something at the end of the street for a few days and It was faster after that.... called my buddy who is an installer for comcast and he said that they had been upgrading to docxis 3 hardware and it would give the standard people with doxcis 2 modems a little speed boost too. Probably what happened to you!
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Quote:
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Is FIOS coming to your neighborhood?
they are starting to install FIOS to most of Philly, I'm getting mine on the 14th.

I have Comcast 22/5 package, had it for a year and this is my usual speeds.



When I'm downloading a big file and using jdownloader I get around 4.0MB/s (powerboost) then it stabilizes in the 2.5-2.8MB/s range

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/C...s-Again-112865

If that story is true a speed upgrade is coming.
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