After restarting my modem, I see NO meaningful increase in speed.
I guess that's what you get when they are not even guaranteeing a minimum speed, regardless of what you are paying.
Had this problem last year. Paid for 100 Mbps service. Was achieving *only* 60 Mbps. Determined our Netgear 10/100 Mbps router was the culprit. After replacing it, we were achieving 120 Mbps on 100 Mbps service (20% overage by Comcast). Rebooted today and have seen 180 Mbps (20% overage on 150 Mbps).
The above is through an Ethernet connection. If you are testing the connection via wireless, there could be a lot at play affecting your tested speed.
Make sure your router (and modem) are not the bottlenecks to achieving the rated speed.
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Me again...and now MUCH better speed than before. Basically doubled my wireless speed in office 40 feet across house from router. Now 100Mbps vs 50Mbps before upgrade. And, yes, that's good for a 40 foot wireless connection. So I am a happier camper.