Originally Posted by Heathe1
I live less than 2 blocks from one of 5 or 6 towers that serve my town and the surrounding smaller communities. I am in a small town, less than 20 thousand folks here...less than 60 thousand in the whole county.
20 thousand is considered small where you are? Wow.
Anyhow, I've had sort of a similar experience with our 3G networks in South Dakota. .5 Mbps is a pretty typical speed. 1 Mbps is more of an oddity than anything else. If I had to take a guess, I'm thinking that the 3G network here is becoming more stressed. Even though EVDO might be able to handle the demand, I'm thinking the backbone network is becoming antiquated. Especially when it seems that many of the towers are running off microwave dishes (so they are sharing bandwidth). However, obviously, I don't work for Verizon so there is no way I could possibly know that as a fact. But I don't see why my connection would fall down to 200 Kbps with a decent signal.