What is the difference between bandwidth and download speed
I have an internet connection that provides a bandwidth of 256 kbps. However, when I download a file, the downloading software displays numbers like 30 kbps, 40 kbp etc. and keeps changing. I have never seen it showing 256 kbps. What I want to know is that even though I have a connection which has 256 kbps bandwidth, when somthing is being download it doesn't use the full 256 kbps bandwidth. I want to know what do the numbers 30 kbps, 40 kbps indicate ? Do they indicate speed. Please help me to understand this.