December 20, 2018

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (122018)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: A year after net neutrality’s demise, the Internet is faster

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From the Washington Examiner (HT Weasel Zippers):

December 14, 2018 12:53 PM

… people of the Internet, dry your tears! Things are better now than they have ever been. The Internet is actually faster in the United States. A new report by Ookla, a sister company to PC Magazine, shows that download speeds have increased 35.8 percent across the country. The fastest Internet is actually in Kansas City, Mo., where Google Fiber burns through the wires.

So put down the broken shards of ceramic. Net neutrality is dead. Everyone is fine. Long live the Internet.

The linked article relays the following:

Based on tests on Ookla’s ubiquitous Speedtest tool taken during the second and third quarter of 2018, the United States is seeing a big uptick in Internet speed—in particular, download throughput—thanks to the expansion of Gigabit internet connections.

The Why Axis BugThe 2018 Speedtest U.S. Fixed Broadband Performance Report by Ookla had almost 25 million unique devices provide almost 115.5 million tests in that time, just in the US. (And this is “fixed”—so wire-line ISPs, not mobile devices, which tend to be slower.) Ookla (which is owned by PCMag’s parent company, Ziff Davis) noted an increase of 35.8 percent in download speed across the board, pushing the US into the number-seven position worldwide for downloads. For upload speeds, it’s only at number 27. (You can see the up-to-date worldwide numbers in the Speedtest Global Index.)

Setting aside positivity for the moment, the news about the Internet’s gatekeepers’ respect for free speech and expression isn’t so good, and is one area where both the left and the right are both concerned.