If you think your Internet connection is running slow at your home, it may not just be your imagination. A recent study found that many customers may not be getting the speeds they're paying for. According to the research, the five largest Internet service providers are actually slowing down data for thousands of customers.
The study, conducted by internet activists BattlefortheNet, looked at the results from 300,000 internet users and found significant degradations on the networks of the five largest internet service providers (ISPs), representing 75% of all wireline households across the US.
The study found that ISPs like AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner are slowing down data coming from all sorts of popular websites around the Internet. These ISPs serve around 75% of all U.S. customers. The shocking revelation comes just weeks after the FCC ruled in favor of net neutrality and said that ISPs couldn't charge websites to boost speeds.
BattlefortheNet's study took a look at the speeds on Content Delivery Networks. Major websites pay for space on these servers so that Internet users far and wide can access their content. The results were not encouraging.
“For too long, internet access providers and their lobbyists have characterized net neutrality protections as a solution in search of a problem,” said [Free Press' Tim] Karr. “Data compiled using the Internet Health Test show us otherwise – that there is widespread and systemic abuse across the network. The irony is that this trove of evidence is becoming public just as many in Congress are trying to strip away the open internet protections that would prevent such bad behavior.”
BattlefortheNet provided one example in which it examined a specific CDN and found that Comcast provided speeds of 21.4 Mbps (megabits per second) while AT&T only offered speeds of 0.20 Mbps over the same network.