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A Free Test To Check Whether Your ISP Is Affecting Your Internet Speed

A Free Test To Check Whether Your ISP Is Affecting Your Internet Speed

Out of nowhere, you are in the middle of sending an important email, watching your favorite streaming TV show, or paying a bill, and it happens. Your Internet seems to slow to a snail’s pace, leaving you timed out, frustrated, and confused. “But my internet was working fine an hour ago,” you think to yourself. “Maybe I should restart my computer, reboot my modem, or just go get a cup of coffee while this page loads.

Or maybe — just maybe — it is not truly out of “nowhere,” that this happens, but that your internet service provider, which you diligently pay on time each month to offer you the high-speed internet service you were expecting, is secretly “throttling” your connection.

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Even though the Net Neutrality law saw a victory, prohibiting internet carriers from allowing higher-paying companies to slow down internet speeds for the average consumer, there is still a loophole. For violating the Net Neutrality agreement, an internet service provider may indeed incur fines. Yet nevertheless, they may be subtly changing your speed without you ever noticing.

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You can take charge and ensure that this is not happening to you by taking this test, called the “Internet Health Test,” put up by Battle for the Net.

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The test is simple and involves only the pushing of a start button, then waiting a few minutes while it runs a system of tests on your internet service provider to make sure Net Neutrality is in full effect. The battle may have been won, but the war may not be over, as they may try to sneak slower speeds in when we’re not looking. The more of us that participate in taking this test, the more we can be sure that the internet service providers are doing what they agreed to. Keep the internet free.

Click here to take the test.

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

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Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

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This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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