Ars has a story on lying ISPs: it turns out most of them are talking out an "other orifice" when stating the speed on their connections.|
After crunching the data, FCC wonks have concluded that ISPs advertised an average (mean) "up to" download speed of 6.7Mbps in 2009. That's not what broadband users got, though.So yeah. Expect it. And hope the FCC's work on better truth-in-labeling regulations comes through.
"However, FCC analysis shows that the median actual speed consumers experienced in the first half of 2009 was roughly 3 Mbps, while the average (mean) actual speed was approximately 4 Mbps," says the report. "Therefore actual download speeds experienced by US consumers appear to lag advertised speeds by roughly 50 percent."