If you think your Internet is slow, think again. Four major U.S. cities have earned the dubious title of the country's slowest Internet. Ironically, one of the cities is in the heart of one of the nation's high tech capitals. According to a new study, these slow poke speeds are more like the dial-up connections of the 1990's.
Remember how long it used to take to load a webpage back then? If those days are back, you can forget about streaming a movie on Netflix, listening to music on Spotify - heck, with speeds that slow, I don't think you could even visit Facebook without getting extremely frustrated.
So why is service so slow and in just these four cities? A new study from M-Lab has collected all the evidence by measuring network performance across the country. The speeds have indeed slowed down, but the study refused to lay blame.
It is important to note that while we are able to observe and record these episodes of performance degradation, nothing in the data allows us to draw conclusions about who is responsible for the performance degradation. We leave determining the underlying cause of the degradation to others, and focus solely on the data, which tells us about consumer conditions irrespective of cause.