I judge my residential connection throughput by torrents. If there's anything the ISP would slow down other than competing VOD services, that would be it. And torrents with a good seed:peer ratio always saturate my connection, even at peak hours. Advertised is 50/50, observed consistent actual cap is 56/50 with FIOS in NJ just across the river from Manhattan. Had Optimum (Cablevision) before this, and that always met the 50/something advertising too (switched because Verizon actually came out cheaper, and gave us a free $200 tablet, and I was miffed because twice, without any hardware changes or service calls, Optimum mysteriously placed me on a lower bandwidth tier and had to talk my way up the support tier to someone who wouldn't just tell me it was the other networks fault despite the limit being listed on the modem's admin console- it's a scam, not a technical error like they claimed, and who knows how many people they do this to that aren't geeky enough to figure it out).
And I collect Linux distros, that's why I torrent so much!