RoH, which websites give even single megabit?
Netflix needs about 4 for HD. Most video sites run unfettered briefly (to give the video a head start), so you might see 4 or so for a few seconds.
Godaddy cloud hosting will give up 2. I have dedicated servers for doing video hosting. I have those set to give up 2. Hulu gives up about 2.
For the backbones, they'll almost always give up 2, but 7 isn't out of the question.
This is a lot faster than it was even a year ago.
I've seen Internet Archive give up 7 or 8 and my connection to Oregon State sometimes runs full blast. I can get Ubuntu in 4 minutes on a good day.
You should check your router (probably the QoS) because Frontier really does give up it's advertised bandwidth. Try removing all the QoS settings. It seems like the combination of that and wireless slows it down. At least that's why my uplink speed was very low a while back.
A wire seems to give full blast not caring about QoS.
More bandwidth does help even if you don't get the whole tamale in a single socket. I almost never have a problem with Skype or VOIP, even if I am downloading stuff and watching movies.
I'd give Frontier high marks, but I wouldn't have when they took over from Verizon. Mainly the problem was overloaded nameservers. It looks like they fixed that though. I haven't had any problems lately. The big advantage is what you see here. They don't hand out uplink with a thimble.
I wouldn't like this. You really need 5 up regardless of what the downlink is. Do an upload and Skype somebody and you're clogged. That ping sure isn't what you'd want either.
I did my record upload this year. I uploaded 400GB in a session. Took a couple days. 4 uploads at a whack. Filled up a server faster than I would have thought was possible.
My connection was still usable while doing that. I know I will miss FIOS if I don't find it where I move. You might not know what you missed, but it is really good to have at least 5 for uplink. 10 is better.
The speed test above looks like what you get if you run a test on Comcast around here. At least for Comcast, it's misleading. They run hyper-fuk or something that gives you really fast bandwidth for a few seconds and then settles at about 6. This bandwidth shaping is a good thing, but it's not like having the real deal. It also suffers from 8PM problems from being overloaded by your neighbors. And add 30ms of ping compared to FIOS.
It's not hard to figure out why TDM and I went with FIOS. The fallen cable modem warriors have 30 extra ms to think about their demise.
If you can get FIOS, it's what you want. It looks like this Verizon experiment might largely be the end of FIOS for a while though. It proved too expensive to install and that most people didn't care and bought Comcast. Lacking a TV product seems to be a big deal.