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

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

  1. macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2005
    Washington, D.C.
    Random question here.

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

    Thanks for any insight!
  2. macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2005
    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...
  3. adk
    macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    Your upload speed is so slow because you haven't paid for faster service. SDSL is a lot more expensive than ADSL.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Because your momma told them you couldn't have it any faster :D
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 11, 2005
    with the Tequila!
    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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