Fast.com Shows You How Much Your ISP is Screwing You

Netflix has introduced a simple method for tracking internet download speed, in an effort to expose your ISP’s effect on your internet experience.

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The site is fast.com. Speed tests are ad-free, but you can compare results with other speedster sites. Fast.com runs a download/upload sequence from Netflix’s servers, and displays a result.

This is great timing, especially after seeing a couple of these Verizon commercials featuring Ricky Gervais.

Well, I compared my work’s mobile service — Verizon — versus my personal mobile service — T-Mobile. The results speak for themselves. (Tested in two different locations at two separate times.)

Verizon versus T-Mobile

Incidentally, the top most picture in this post is taken from my desktop connected to my Cox Communications cable system. Here’s the same connection on my Verizon hotspot.

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This isn’t so drastic (well, it is), because 1) the location of my desktop, and 2) it’s a wireless connection to a slower, older modem/router. But it’s still frustrating.

Now, you should recognize that connection speeds vary because of a number of factors, including location, distance from the tower, number of users, phone type, etc.

Sorry, T-Mobile. The move was fun, but it’s not worth the hassles.

 

 

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Jeff Taylor

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