Is that episode of House of Cards taking forever to load because you’re getting screwed on your internet speed? Netflix has launched exactly the tool you need in order to diagnose this problem.
Point your browser to Fast.com to check out Netflix’s latest speed-testing tool. By using data stored on Netflix servers, Fast.com lets you identify how honest your internet service provider is being about your broadband speeds. A link will appear upon completion of the speed test that will take you to Speedtest.net so that you can compare results against another source.
If your speeds reported by Fast.com are significantly lower than what you’re paying for, you now have some easy evidence to show your ISP when you either tell it to get its act together or lower your monthly bill. Netflix is obviously dependent on reliable broadband speeds, and it’s publicly shamed ISPs in the past when their networks aren’t up to snuff. Sure, this is definitely a speed test, but it’s also something of an arrow in Netflix’s quiver as the company continues doing its best to wrangle ISPs and ensure that their networks are operating as they should be.
“We all want a faster, better internet,” reads Netflix’s blog post announcing the launch of the tool, “yet internet speeds vary greatly and can be affected by other users on your network or congestion with your internet service provider. When you’re experiencing streaming issues, Fast.com allows you to check the download speeds you’re getting from your provider.”
Put another way, Netflix is invested in making sure you know when streaming difficulties are someone else’s fault. Now it’s doing so with a consumer-friendly tool that might help ISP customers get a little more tuned-in to how their internet operates.
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