Why are ISP Upload Speeds so much slower than Download speeds?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by martin1000, Dec 19, 2006.

  1. macrumors regular

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    #1
    Random question here.

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

    Thanks for any insight!
     
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    beatsme

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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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    adk

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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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    SmurfBoxMasta

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    Because your momma told them you couldn't have it any faster :D
     
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    paleck

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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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