My cable company says that it should be 6megabits, and I usually see about 400-500 kilobytes per second on a really good day. And that's really only with websites that can dish out that sort of speed. Transfers on bittorrent rarely go past 80k a second.
I use NTL broadband in the UK. Very reliable and consistent speeds, depending on the source. My 1mb connection was recently upgraded to 2.5mb for free, and for existing customers it will be upgraded again early next year to 10mb, at no extra cost.
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