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Is your ISP slowing your Internet speed on purpose?

Is your ISP slowing your Internet speed on purpose?
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It's no secret that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) can see everything you do online. In the past, ISPs allegedly used this knowledge to slow down traffic from certain sites like Netflix that use up a lot of network bandwidth.

The ISPs say that slowing down traffic from some sites is necessary to keep traffic flowing well for everyone. Critics say they were trying to force the affected websites to pay for a faster connection, or make the ISP's own competing services look better.

Whatever was or wasn't happening, or the motivation behind it, the Net Neutrality rules that the Federal Communication Commission passed in February say that ISPs can't intentionally slow down traffic. But how do we know the ISPs are following the rules?

Battle for the Net has created a site called the Internet Health Test. It uses code from Measurement Labs that runs a test to see if your ISP is on the up-and-up. It takes look at interconnections around the Internet to see your speed to places outside your ISP's network.

As with any speed test, you want to run it multiple times over the course of several days to weed out any temporary network problems. If you're getting good results across the board, then your ISP is OK. If you're seeing a lot of uneven results, then there could be a problem.

The results are put on a public domain site so consumer advocates can build a profile for each ISP. If there's a recurring problem that indicates a Net Neutrality violation, the advocates can take it to the ISP and the FCC.

Internet Health Test is a helpful tool to check on your ISP and see if you're the victim of Internet throttling.

Click on the blue link below to see how your ISP holds up.

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