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Comment One person (Score 0) 306

Amazing how one person in a company can affect the whole company. One AT&T employee decided on his own to make this threat. Most likely he is looking for a new job tonight. Also, the "Bait and Switch" was nothing of the kind. Anyone who signed up for the old $30 plan can still keep it. So, without a real "switch" it's not a bait and switch now is it?

Comment Speed? (Score 0) 233

Interesting, seems my iPhone gets better throughput that some of the states in the US. Go figure. I just wish they'd work on the download/upload ratio on broadband. I agree it should be different, but 10/1 or 20/1 or worse is NOT good. It should be closer to 2/1 or at worst 3/1. Heck, even old analog modems had 2/1 ratios. It just seems worthless to have 20 Mb/s download when I can only get stuff up at less than 1 Mb/s (my current broadband ability). Not to mention if I telecommute, the upload speed kills my productivity!
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Global "Last Mile" Performance Stats Going Public 233

Ookla, the company behind Speedtest.net, Pingtest.net, and the bandwidth testing apps deployed at many ISPs, has gone public with Net performance stats from 1.5 billion users (and counting). Their Net Index page displays download speed, upload speed, and connection "quality" from the EU and the G8, to countries, worldwide cities, and US states. Beginning today, the company is also making detailed (anonymized) data available to academics. "Ookla will also start surveying users about how much they pay for broadband and how much bandwidth they were promised by their ISPs. The results of those questions will go into building a Value Index, which will show how much people around the world pay per megabit-per-second for Internet access. In addition, by collecting postal codes from Speedtest users, Ookla hopes to map broadband service to local economic conditions, Apgar said. The Speedtest data could give the US government far more information to work with in setting priorities for its National Broadband Plan..."

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