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DSL and Cable - Real - World Speed


Cable may claim faster speeds than DSL and wireless but in practice, cable's speed advantage over DSL is much less than the theoretical numbers suggest. Why?

•    Cable modem services can slow down significantly if many people in your neighborhood access the Internet simultaneously.
•    Both cable modem and DSL performance vary from one minute to the next depending on the pattern of use and traffic congestion on the Internet.
•    DSL and cable Internet providers often implement so-called "speed caps" that limit the bandwidth of their services.
•    Some home networks cannot match the speed of the Internet connection, lowering your performance




DSL and Cable Speed Caps

Both cable and DSL service providers commonly employ bandwidth / speed caps for residential customers. Bandwidth caps place an artificial limit on the maximum speed a customer can achieve by monitoring their individual traffic flow and throttling network packets if necessary. Bandwidth caps can reduce a 30 Mbps service down to 3 Mbps or even lower.
Service providers may have several motivations for imposing speed caps including the following:

1.    Providers concerned about the capacity limits of their network may implement a cap so that they can accommodate more customers.
2.    Providers may believe that the vast majority of customers do not actually need any more bandwidth than that allowed under the cap.
3.    Providers may want to create a fair-and-equal distribution of bandwidth of customers. Without a cap, for example, some DSL subscribers would enjoy much higher bandwidth levels than others in the same neighborhood.


How is Bolt Internet different?

At Bolt Internet we want you to use the Internet as much as you want. We do not throttle speeds or suspend service for using it too much.
We have not oversold our service as much as the cable and DSL companies so our customers get more service than cable and DSL clients.
We manage our speed connections to deliver service equally to our clients. We use it too and we demand the best from our network.