Mbps vs. kB/sec on internet DSL connection
by wrgarrett08 - 9/6/12 11:03 AM
I am having a problem understanding my download speeds. I live in the country served by a cooperative phone company. I spoke to them today because my speed has slowed to a crawl. They guarantee 1.5 Mbps ADSL and when I run testmy.net or speedtest.net, I get 1.4 Mbps. However when I download, my download windows show 160 to 180 kB/sec regardless of time of day or host server(s). I have three desktops and four laptops at home, all with same result. My ISP said the problem is in my house. I went across the street to a business and another business down the road a couple of blocks. Same exact same thing. I went to the city hall and tested all three PCs there, I am the Mayor, and got same exact same result. ISP said they test at the modem and they use speedtest.net and get 1.4-1.5 Mbps. My question is why and what is the relationship between Mbps and kB/sec? Oh, this all happened at the end of July when they started offering other speed packages, namely 1.5, 3, 5, 10, and 20 Mbps. I'm thinking they throttled us back so they could offer these increased speed (read increased prices) packages. Do we have any standing to demand higher speeds like we
ve been receiving for the past 5 or so years? Any assistance is greatly appreciated!
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