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Hello all,

I have been frustrated by my ISP reducing my speed depending on the size of the file being downloaded. I have a fixed wireless connection because I am in a rural area. The tower is about 11 miles but in plain sight of my dish. I pay for a so called 3Mb/s connection, but downloading a file of 12 MB, I can only get a sustained speed of around 700Kb/s. If I download a file of 3MB my speed doubles to about 1.5Mb/s. What should I be expecting in view of the "up to" proviso in my ISP contract? My ISP is Xplornet. Is this what is referred to as bandwidth shaping? I do not do peer to peer file transfers. I simply want to watch uninterrupted short videos from Utube or half hour talks from TED etc and do not use large file downloads.

Any help would be appreciated

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Hello all,

I have been frustrated by my ISP reducing my speed depending on the size of the file being downloaded. I have a fixed wireless connection because I am in a rural area. The tower is about 11 miles but in plain sight of my dish. I pay for a so called 3Mb/s connection, but downloading a file of 12 MB, I can only get a sustained speed of around 700Kb/s. If I download a file of 3MB my speed doubles to about 1.5Mb/s. What should I be expecting in view of the "up to" proviso in my ISP contract? My ISP is Xplornet. Is this what is referred to as bandwidth shaping? I do not do peer to peer file transfers. I simply want to watch uninterrupted short videos from Utube or half hour talks from TED etc and do not use large file downloads.

Any help would be appreciated

gzelman, you may want to read http://xplornetsucks.blogspot.com/2007/12/so-what-we-know-about-xplornet.html

Does anyone have any insight into this?

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