[vcf-midatlantic] “Comcast at Home” internet speeds 1998 or so?

Martin Flynn maflynn at theflynn.org
Wed Feb 2 01:51:07 UTC 2022

The propitiatory cable before modems were all over the board, speed 
wise, however the first generation cable modems (Docsis 1.0) were 40 
Mbit/s down, 10 to 30 Mbit/s up

On 2/1/2022 8:40 PM, John Heritage via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> Hey folks,
> I’m trying to remember what download speeds Comcast at Home offered circa 1998
> (when I first had cable modem).  I remember the upload speeds initially
> being 256-384 kbps but then Comcast cut the upload to 128 kbps.  This was
> terrible not just because it was slow but it was barely enough bandwidth to
> even request data fast enough to saturate the download speed.
> I think the initial download speeds were 3 or 4 mbps with cable modems in
> 1998 (south jersey area - former Storer Cable area), but I have a couple of
> friends who think it was more like 768kbps - 1 mbps.
> Any one have memories of this time?
> P.S.  My google-fu sees a lot of ~ 2.8 mbps down on Cox at Home and some other
> @Home providers around 2000-2003 but I’m having trouble finding earlier
> than that period online.
> Thanks!
> John

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