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Ultra Fast Broadband Speed [Poll] ??

For years, I've been using Comcast performance internet package. It started around 16mb/s when I signed up for the service, and recently went up to around 25mb/s. I find that this was adequate for our usage.

But with increasing wifi devices in the home (multiple smart phones, laptops, and desktop) and the recent purchase of a Fire TV streaming device, which we will likely stream lots of contents from our Amazon Prime account. I went ahead and order the Comcast Blast internet service which maxed out at around 109mb/s.

Needless to say, I am very PUMPED! I don't think I will have any concerns with our speed being maxed out anytime soon.

http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/3839997772

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So, who has ultra fast internet speed in their home? I like to think of ultra fast as something faster than 50mb/s? Is this even the right definition?
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great. forgot to add poll

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For years, I've been using Comcast performance internet package. It started around 16mb/s when I signed up for the service, and recently went up to around 25mb/s. I find that this was adequate for our usage.

But with increasing wifi devices in the home (multiple smart phones, laptops, and desktop) and the recent purchase of a Fire TV streaming device, which we will likely stream lots of contents from our Amazon Prime account. I went ahead and order the Comcast Blast internet service which maxed out at around 109mb/s.

Needless to say, I am very PUMPED! I don't think I will have any concerns with our speed being maxed out anytime soon.

http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/3839997772

<a href="http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/3839997772"><img src="http://www.speedtest.net/result/3839997772.png"></a>

So, who has ultra fast internet speed in their home? I like to think of ultra fast as something faster than 50mb/s? Is this even the right definition?
I have the standard 25 mbps from Comcast, in my area (SouthEast), Comcast has implemented a 250 GB data cap on all connections to my knowledge, so increasing my speed would sadly only get me to the cap faster...I have no other option for broadband in my area...I think Comcrap said the data cap was a trial run, and if it was successful, they will be rolling it out to the rest of the country soon enough...What a joke...
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I've been hearing about the cap for while, but haven't been actually hindered by it yet.

I think the extra bandwidth just allow many more devices to be online at the same time, without being speed delayed.
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Comcast - Detroit Suburbs.
48.8 Mbps Down / 14.98 Mbps Upload. 50 Mbps Package.
Very happy customer after CANCELLING AT&T DSL earlier this year, which was 8 Mbps AND 160 GB/month data cap which costed me $10/50GB I went above the limit. It got expensive to say the least and after 2 months of bill shock, I looked at my options to find out Comcast had dropped limits. About 6 years ago I had Comast with 8 Mpbs service and DSL was just as fast then, but things have changed and Comcast has evolved and AT&T has not. There was NO way I would EVER consider their U-Verse crap.
No data caps on Comcast, so it was a win/win for me.
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I am not sure that there is an actual definition of "Ultra Fast" and is probably subjective. We all know that our Internet Speeds in the US are a Joke compared to a lot of other countries and I don't see that changing anytime soon but there are some of us that are lucky enough to have some pretty decent speeds.

Its sad that most people have faster cell connections then home Internet connections these days.

That said my FIOS 75/75 is awesome and does everything that I want / need it to but would love, love, love to have Google Fiber's 1G / Sec for $100 a month! FIOS could offer it but of course they choose not to. In my town they do offer upwards of 300 or even 500Mb / Sec speed but want a fortune for it (about 3 - 5 times Google Fiber). Hopefully that will change someday.

Even with these awesome speeds it doesn't always make a difference, it really depends on the inter-connects that your ISP has with other ISPs. So just because someone has Google Fiber doesn't mean that they can / will be able to download anything faster then someone with a much slower connection.

Hopefully it keeps getting better and the backbones keep getting updated / upgraded.
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I've got Comcast Blast. Using your linked site I am getting 125.59 Mbps down - 12.22 Mbps up. I've had Comcast for several years but
don't really like the company. The speed is good but I've had other issues with them I won't go into to. At one time there was a 250GB cap
in place. On my usage page it states the 'the 250GB cap limit is currently suspended'. It's been that way for more than a year now but I expect
it go back in place. We have a lot of computer users in the house, 2 of whom work from home, one analyzes security video for a living, so
on occasion we use a lot of bandwidth. If the cap comes back we will look into a business account with them. The DSL alternative in my
area is dismal, we had it once. There are other services available here in Silicon Valley but not in my particular area up in the east foothills.
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You do realize that SpeedTest only shows a highly optimized pie-in-the-sky look at your speed? Real world results are seldom that good.
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You do realize that SpeedTest only shows a highly optimized pie-in-the-sky look at your speed? Real world results are seldom that good.
So very true - Pick a server that is on the other side of the country (and not on your network) and see how well your connection performs.
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So very true - Pick a server that is on the other side of the country (and not on your network) and see how well your connection performs.
I use Newsbin which has a pretty accurate download speed gauge. With Cox ultimate I average about 160-190Mbps(24MBps). To put in perspective I can download a 10Gb movie in about 10 minutes. $90 bucks a month.

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