Your speed is throttled by the provider - all providers do this. Fast does not equal quality - the packet delay, packet drops, resends, and every hop in between your house and the provider or the location you are trying to connect to, which traverse multiple providers networks all effect not only speed but quality. The simplistic view that fiber to prem is better is not true nor accurate. Even a full fiber network end to end doesn't necessarily mean faster or better though in theory, the distortion, noise and transmission should make for a cleaner signal end to end.Originally Posted by Peter Grimm
They're not bottlenecks they are throttled on purpose - load balancing means to slow down faster connections and speed up slower connections to a specific measure - actual bottlenecks are managed by large network providers by diverting traffic or rerouting traffic through large SNRC's. Company's like Verizon and AT&T manage these bottlenecks as well as sometimes people who dig up large copper bundles and fiber bundles by rerouting the traffic through mid-point network connections while the breaks are fixed. That is not the same as managing the normal traffic flow, speed and quantity.Originally Posted by Peter Grimm
The idea that getting a gigabit connection and paying for such to your house will drastically effect your speed surfing the internet is incorrect. As I said, service providers love that misconception as people will over pay for speed upgrades which are meaningless. Businesses however pay for larger connections which run through private networks and use point to point connections or back haul connections to dump large amounts of data. They bypass the standard load balancing since their data traffic is specific and follows a pre-determined pathway. Gigabit therefore, for hospitals, architecture firms etc., who dump very large amounts of data (we're talking about 500 meg to 10 Gigabit per minute between say Chicago and New York is specifically engineered and uses redundancy such that any connection which goes down or a router dies, a secondary connection / router is used --- this is done using HSRP or VRRP with BGP-R or eBGP depending on the type of network used.