Recently I got a letter from an organization saying there is a class action suit against AT&T for not delivering promised internet speeds.
I order basic, which is supposed to be 667 kbps. Every time I've run a speed test, it's been mostly 562 kbps, sometimes in the 200-300 range.
But I'm sitting here thinking ... why is it that even tiny .jpgs have slow scrolling action? I sit here for about 10 seconds waiting for a 500 kb photo to load (just a photo link, not a site link). Why does my Gmail sometimes not load because of speed? Even the front page of FSU is doing really slow scrolling as it loads this morning. Theoretically, those photos should take less than a second to load. And I remember checking internet-based email on 56.6 and not having to wait this long. Hell, I even remember streaming video on 56.6, and right now my browser can't keep up with YouTube buffering.
So is it that sites have all these crazy hidden items that have to load these days (I'm aware that there are a ton of tiny Flash elements to sites, but I even have a Flash blocker, where I get to choose if I want to open them)? Or is my internet speed even less than what my online speed meter indicates? I've experienced this throughout the years, in multiple locations, on multiple computers, and I don't have hidden online processes running, any anti-virus, a huge firewall, or a ton of programs slowing down my computer.
I'm just wondering if we're all being duped (at least in the US), or if I'm the only one. Thoughts?