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.
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.
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.
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.
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