I get the exact same results from speedtest.net. 8.4 down and 1.0 up.
The only thing speedtest doesn't have is jitter. If you don't know what it means it doesn't matter anyway.
Not a bad idea if they use the collected data for our benefit like they say. The over-promising and under-delivering from ISP's is rampant. Not bad at all in cable from what I've seen, but DSL is really bad. I haven't had much experience with satellite to say about that.
Edit - For anyone interested DSL is worse due to the nature of the technology. It not only depends how far from the switch/CO you are as to what speed you can get, there is also more chance for interference as compared to a coaxial cable for cable TV. I have seen ATT baffled and just downgrading plans because they couldn't figure it out.
Cable has to run at a certain level though since it's carrying video. Distance from the main distribution point doesn't matter since there are repeaters/routers all across the network as compared to the copper line going to the CO for DSL.
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