This is by design. Well before ADSL, the trick to eek out more speed was to allocate more of the possible bandwidth for download vs. upload. On a 640K DSL setup, it's not unusual to see all of 32 to 64K upload speeds.
From memory the downlink is dependent on link quality, and uplink is from 1/2 to less of the the download speed. This works well for most users.
A fiend has Bellsouth for an ISP and states that his modems connects at 49 to 50k.
He has two computers, each with its own modem.
One with Win-XP and the other with Win98.
Both are soft modems.
He claims that his upload speed is about 4 to 5 times slower than his download speed.
Is there someway to measure this accurately?
Is there any reason for such a situation?