I live in a rural area, and I'm probably at (or maybe even beyond) the maximum DSL distance limit of my telco remote office.
It's likely that I'm pushing my rural phone line beyond it's speed capabilities. The reason why I was even hooked up to DSL in the first place is a long story, so I won't bore you with the details. You might say that I have the service on a "trial" basis.
The DSL service plan I'm trying provides up to 1.5 Mbps download speed. Most of the time I'm getting about 600 Kbps speed. Sometime however the speed is much worse. It occasionally dips to < 100 Kbps, with upload speeds faster than download.
My question is this: The DSL provider also offers lower speed (up to384 Kbps) service plan. Would I get better overall performance by switching to this plan? Does the phone company simply "cripple" the throughput for their lower speed customers, or is there an actual difference in how the slower speed customer is served DSL (i.e. lower speed = fewer packet errors)? If I switched to the lower speed plan, would I simply be limiting my higher upper end speed to 384 Kbps and still suffer the occasional < 100 Kbps performance?