I was on the internet late at night and decided to do a speed test with a friend of mine since he was testing his speed through his phone tethered to his desktop on Verizon network. So I tested my comcast connection on www.speakeasy.com and www.speedtest.net and received insane speed reports. Some in excess of 100mbps. Faster than my ethernet supposedly handles through my linksys G router.
After scouring the internet for answers I finally came upon this article in the most unlikely of places. www.theinquirer.com It appears Comcast has been planning this for a year now. Who would have thought that testing for it would begin this soon, and in the south for that matter.
This all seems to be in relation to new routers that should be rolling out in mass pretty soon. Very expensive routers too. They are called DOCSIS3. These modems are touting up to 108 mbps upstream and up to 343 mbps downstream. Now that could be considered overkill but I got to say I was not expecting the current modems to even reach 100+ mbps, but I have video proof of that below. Uploads appear to be very slow though, capping around 2mbps, but i guess that does not matter when you consider bitt torrent. A thousand people uploading at 2 mbps is still a 2 tera-bit pipe for getting data.
I really hope comcast is reasonable with the prices(HA) for these connection speeds. Also with speeds that fast and steadily climbing for all ISPs, it has/will become idiotic to impose a bandwidth cap. I guess Comcast and the other carriers will have to step it up because with the purchase of some analog channels by Verizon and AT&T, wireless 4G is pushing to exceed 100mbps. More points for tethering phones to laptops.