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Old Dec 19, 2006, 11:15 AM   #1
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Why are ISP Upload Speeds so much slower than Download speeds?

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Why are ISP Upload speeds so much slower than download speeds?

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Old Dec 19, 2006, 12:36 PM   #2
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because most home users only receive information; the only things that are sent are information requests and emails. You don't need killer bandwidth for that. And since bandwidth is a limited commodity (like anything else), it makes more financial sense for both the ISP and the home user to stick with a lower uplink speed. It's cheaper for both.

having said that, you can get Synchronous DSL (dunno about cable), but it'll cost you, and it's unlikely that as a home user you'd notice any difference. For the most part, only web servers and databases require faster uplink speeds.

though I suppose higher uplink speeds might be an advantage for real-time games, like Halo or Call Of Duty or something...
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Old Dec 19, 2006, 02:55 PM   #3
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Your upload speed is so slow because you haven't paid for faster service. SDSL is a lot more expensive than ADSL.
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Old Dec 20, 2006, 09:28 PM   #4
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Random question here.

Why are ISP Upload speeds so much slower than download speeds?
Because your momma told them you couldn't have it any faster
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In the case of Comcast it is artificially slower than it could be. The reasoning is that there is no good reason for a user to have a high upload, if they do then they are hacking, sharing files illegally, etc, etc.
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