New York Attorney General Seeks Public's Help To Shame ISPs For Subpar Broadband Speeds
The Attorney General's probe currently targets three ISPs, including Verizon, Cable Vision, and Time Warner Cable. Schneiderman sent all three a letter asking for various details, such as any speed tests the companies have run on their own and any disclosures they've sent to customers about their broadband service.
Schneiderman's concern is rooted in interconnection contracts. These refer to the linking of two or more networks for the mutual exchange of traffic, such as the one Verizon inked with Level 3 earlier this year.
These agreements don't always come easy. One of Schneiderman's concerns is that business disputes could cause disruption or degradation in service. The same is true of any technical issues that might arise.
I don't live in the New York area, but for spits and giggles, I ran Scheiderman's speed test. It showed that my average download speed was 19.20Mbps, far less than the 62.90Mbps SpeedTest.net reported immediate after. Uploads were roughly the same with both reporting greater than 4.20Mbps.
It should be noted that SpeedTest uses servers as close to your location as possible, hence part of the reason for the disparity.