I laid a complaint a few months ago when my FTP transfers from Europe went down to 20KB/s (earlier in the year 800 then it dropped to 400 and then to 200). I tried 3 different servers in this region in that time period and got similar low speed results. Testing from a Xtra DSL account and it was 300KB/s!
I was told they were aware of a problem and were rolling out fixes but were unable to give an accurate time frame. I put up with it, and eventually my average FTP speed went back to 200 (multiple connections don't help btw). I can tolerate 200KB/s but I wasn't running around recommending TCL.
But over the last week I've become furious. Sure facebook, youtube, etc all run quick, but if I access something less common the speeds have become beyond pathetic.
Often in the evenings I'll get a break, and transfers go up to 480KB/s - but most of the time I am limited/throttled to 40KB/s. It's a definate on/off scenario - it's either fast or it's extremely poor. I tried on fxNetworks DSL yesterday and got 600KB/s but after 30 seconds it went down to around 400 - which is reasonable.
So why am I suddenly posting at 2.20AM? I'm waiting for an HTTP download - 25KB/s.
I just want to know your opinions. I'm moving house in two weeks, and Orcon offers a cheaper package and I can't do any worse than 40KB/s.
I'm using the provided 15mbit Motorola Surf and have tried multiple routers, currently using a mid-range Netgear. All common services like Steam, YouTube, Facebook etc are working at full speed - just when I tread off the familiar path I get screwed.