2 – Will an Upgraded Broadband Internet Connection Really Increase My Download and Upload Speeds?
The Internet service providers who tier their broadband connectivity offerings have a vested interest in making consumers believe that paying more money will result in an absolute increase in download and upload speeds experienced by the customer. Although there is some truth to this, there are a few caveats with which consumers should be aware before forking over more money and expecting their online experience to change dramatically.
Having a higher bandwidth limit assigned to you is like making the driveway coming up to your home larger. Technically, more people could now park their cars in your driveway, but that doesn’t change the width of the road leading up to your driveway. The Internet service providers do not own the Internet and cannot change the bandwidth limits imposed by server owners and other content providers.
Take this example. Suppose you often download movies from a content provider and you would like to download them faster, so you sign up for a faster Internet connection that gives you a 30 Mbps download rate.
Now suppose the content provider of the movies has set a limit of 1 Mbps per connection. Regardless of the fact that you have a theoretical download speed of 30 Mbps, you will only be able to download movies from the provider at 1 Mbps because that is the limit the provider has set for its servers.
The Internet service provider giving you the 30 Mbps bandwidth limit cannot force the content provider to allow you to download your desired content faster. This is a simple example that leaves out many details but from this example you can get an idea of how having a theoretical bandwidth limit does not guarantee that everything you download will be at the maximum rate.