I think that we should all take a sceptical view of promises made by ISP?s. I am with AOL and they contacted me recently offering to upgrade my speed to up to 8mb if I took out a fixed term contract. To be fair to them I was given a week?s trial. I found that the improvement was marginal (because of the quality of the line) and so I cancelled. But I guess that others who took up the offer and had a marginal benefit but did not measure their speed may have bought a pup.
It?s all well and good ISP?s promising improved speed but speed is dependent on so many external factors and download speed can vary significantly between websites.
If you use this freeware bandwidth monitoring utility, you can watch what is happening in a small window on your screen and monitor your daily usage:-http://www.computeractive.co.uk/vnunet/downloads/2158824/bandwidth-monitor-v1-
When installed, right click on the small screen and select "find updates."