Internet speed is not a subjective measurement
This is precisely the kind of collusion that leads to people being stuck with the same old shifty service providers. We said "shifty." With an 'F.' The Lon
Aug 7, 2015
This is precisely the kind of collusion that leads to people being stuck with the same old shifty service providers. We said "shifty." With an 'F.' The Longmont Compass, a local news source for Longmont, CO residents, pointed out that the fastest Internet service provider (ISP) in the region up and vanished. Rather than a hard luck tale of an ambitious service provider whose reach exceeded its grasp, though, the truth is a much nastier. NextLight Municipal Broadband is very much alive and well. Anyone researching local Internet options to find the fastest option in Longmont, though, might never know it. Despite the fact that they are just that: The fastest option in town. By a wide margin. It matters to Ting Internet for obvious reasons. In one of our earliest Ting Internet moves, we acquired a local ISP in Charlottesville, VA. By virtue, we ranked second in the list for the state of Virginia. Since the acquisition, we've been investing in the network and have boosted overall local average speeds by offering gigabit fiber access to more and more households and businesses. Rather than closing the gap, though, we've disappeared, according to Speedtest.net. If you've ever researched Internet speeds, you've almost certainly landed on the connection speed test site Speedtest.net, which is owned by Ookla. It has been a go-to source for Internet speed information. These recent changes to the way ISPs are ranked (please read on) mean the results are so heavily weighted toward the conglomerates as to be effectively useless for anyone looking to make an informed choice. They benefit no one but the big, nationwide providers.