Speed Test

The TRUE Internet Health Test

In February, we won strong Net Neutrality protections, banning Internet Service providers from blocking or throttling any website. But how do we know they're behaving?

The Internet Health Test checks your connection for signs of any degradation at all. With enough people taking part around the country every day, we can make sure that ISPs don't get away with breaking the rules.

Large Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have degraded the performance of their customer’s traffic as a tactic to convince content and application providers to pay added “tolls” to deliver content that Internet users have already requested and paid for. The battleground — where this degradation takes place — is at ISP interconnection points. These are the places where traffic requested by ISP customers crosses between the ISP’s network and another network on which content and application providers host their services.

This test measures whether interconnection points are experiencing problems. It runs speed measurements from your (the test user’s) ISP, across multiple interconnection points, thus detecting degraded performance.

This test uses Measurement Lab (M-Lab) infrastructure and code. M-Lab is a research and industry coalition dedicated to open Internet measurement and public data. Running this test contributes valuable data to the public domain. These data are critical for protecting your rights. The more data contributed, the better consumer advocates will be able to argue for strong Net Neutrality protections, and set strong standards for FCC enforcement to keep the Internet open and ISPs serving their customers.

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