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Your Internet Connection Is Almost Certainly Slower Than Advertised

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Does your internet always seem too slow? Chances are, it is: a study by the Wall Street Journal suggests that the majority of ISPs deliver slower speeds than they advertise.

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The research, put together using data from Ookla and its online speed test Speedtest.net, shows that the majority of 800 cities studied suffer far slower internet speeds than providers claim. Perhaps unsurprisingly, those with faster connections only achieve a percentage point or two above the claimed offering; in contrast, those that are slower can be up to 50 percent behind the claims.

The charts below, put together by the Journal, show how each ISP fairs in general across the U.S. and maps the 20 cities with median Internet speeds highest above and lowest below those that are advertised. It sure sucks to live in Idaho. [Wall Street Journal]

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Illustration for article titled Your Internet Connection Is Almost Certainly Slower Than Advertised
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StalePhish

I have a 50Mbps package from Comcast but it's usually more like 30Mbps from speedtest.net. A few weeks ago I ran a test and noticed it was 80Mbps. Shrugged it off as a weird fluke, but a couple days ago I got an email from Comcast saying I was upgraded to 105Mbps for free. They were probably quietly testing it out before an official announcement.