At the end of 2015, the FCC released a report, “Measuring Broadband America”. They concluded that continual advances in technology and network improvements have “significantly improved” the speeds at which customers are able to access the internet and download data.
If you’re like me, then you’re probably a bit skeptical of any report that paints a rosy picture. Fortunately the internet, being the internet, happens to have all the tools you need to answer the question “Am I getting the speeds I am paying for?
Internet Speeds Up to…
Advertised prices seem to rely on intentionally fuzzy language such as “blazing fast internet with speeds up to…” Suggesting that your experience anything but guaranteed satisfaction. My personal experience has taught me that it pays to find out what’s really going on — there have been times when I have not experienced the speeds I was paying for, particularly from a certain DSL provider…
So how do you find out of if you’re getting the premium service you are likely paying extra for? Well, the first step, is to have a look at the National Broadband Map, which shows average speed tests across the country. This will give you a good understanding of how internet access can be affected by region and population density.
The second step involves actually metering your own speed. This is a lot easier than it might sound, all you need to do is visit speedtest.net and click the button that reads “Begin Test”. You’re IP address will be pinged from the speed test server (A ping is just a test signal that will tell you how long it takes to get from point A to Point B and back).
Now You have a real-time snapshot of your upload and download speeds!
I’ve got my internet speeds, now what?
Well, the smart thing to do is to go to your internet provider’s website and look up your internet plan. You should be getting speeds near 95% of your plans stated maximum. If not, then it’s likely that you’re one of the 20% of broadband customers being under-served by your internet provider.
Nothing burns me up more than overpaying! It’s promising that the FCC appears to be burned up as well (we can forgive them for being a little self congratulatory, it’s what they do). For now, take a close look at your internet speed, call your provider and make some changes.
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