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I hate megaBITS. They've used this trick to fool unknowing customers. Speeds should only be shown in MegaBYTES/s or KB/s.
AMEN and +rep to that!!! (I agree with it so much I'll send you a batch of cookies because I can't rep you enough.)

Sure megaBITS is not a lie. But its largely useless to the average customer. Here is a practically perfect analogy:

Its like saying ZOMG my car can get 56kpg! Look at those big numbers! And it may be true but really around here in the US its actually 35mpg. Why? Because that's what everybody uses.

All download speeds and file sizes you see and interact with are just pretty much in kiloBYTES or megaBYTES. No bits. They have their place sure, but for the average consumer? No. I really think that should be clarified.
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6 megabits (mbps). 1024x6=6144(kbps)

6144/8= 768KB/s (kilobytes per second)

The "up too" isnt the only problem, the average consumer doesnt know the difference between a megabit and a megabyte.
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I hate megaBITS. They've used this trick to fool unknowing customers. Speeds should only be shown in MegaBYTES/s or KB/s.
Why? network speed as always been shown in bits.
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They should also stop advertising in megabits and use megabytes instead. It just adds to confusion of most end users (and some members on here).

I know networking is traditionally done in bits, but still.

Virgin media actually told me i can get 8Mb/s but they give me 2Mb/s. I complain about twice a month but nothing is ever done. I got 4Mb/s with BT and paid less.
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