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The Evasive Speed of the Internet

Internet speed has gone through many changes over the last 20 years with changes in technology and equipment. The days of using 56K over a standard phone line seem like ancient history, but the changeover to what was termed “broadband” back then started around 20 years ago.

From ISDN lines to “high-speed” offerings on DSL and cable, faster internet speeds arrived. Cable won the high-speed sweepstakes over DSL and now cable is slowly being replaced by high-speed fiber lines. Speed is the name of the game and many providers list speeds in terms of data per second.

The one takeaway that needs to be understood is that nobody gets the advertised speeds. This is due to many things such as Bandwidth, Throughput, speed of the line, and other influences such as network congestion and equipment.