20150221 I Am Starting To Suspect That AT T May

Keith I MyersKeith I Myers2015-02-21 11:02:44-0500 – Updated: 2015-02-21 11:59:55-0500I am starting to suspect that AT&T may be doing something a bit sneaky with traffic to common internet speed test pages. I feel they may be putting such traffic on the “fast lane” while keeping others on a slow lane. I pay for “Speeds Up to 18 MBPS” however I rarely get anywhere close. I was downloading a large Android App this morning and I was not even getting 1 MBPS. I decided to run a speed test via “speedtest.net” and got 16.82 MBPS. Something was fishy as even 720p YouTube videos were buffering every 30 seconds this morning without the download running. 

After the Application downloaded, I did a bit more testing on some uncommon internet speed test sites as well as setup a controlled test on a server I own connected to a 1 GBPS port in a datacenter. My results were shocking.

-SpeedTest (Which Powers AT&Ts Speed Test) – 16.59 MBPS
-Toast.net Speed Test – 8.6 MBPS
-TestMy – 8.4 MBPS
-SpeedOf.me – 6.52 MBPS
-BandwidthPlace – 6.24 MBPS

T-Mobile for example was doing this on customers that were throttled after exceeding their monthly allotment, although not for any nefarious reason. In T-Mobile’s case, as they stopped counting the data consumed via many speed test websites (and music services), they let it through at full speed. ImageImageImageImageImageShared with: Public, Keith I Myers, Lauren Weinstein, Garrett Barker, Joseph Hindy+1’d by: Christina Lee, Pocket Raphael, Demian Seiler, Garrett Barker, Joseph HindyJoseph Hindy – 2015-02-21 11:31:28-0500I’m so trying this when I get home later. Garrett Barker – 2015-02-21 11:37:03-0500Was a matter of time before someone realized this was happening thanks +Keith I Myers now we know who to use to testKeith I Myers – 2015-02-21 11:42:20-0500+Joseph Hindy / +Garrett Barker  / +Kris Schnell – Keep in mind that this is just a suspicion and I need far more evidence before it can be proven. It would be great if you all could test and report back. If AT&T is indeed doing this, I wonder which other ISPs are also playing this same game?Joseph Hindy – 2015-02-21 11:43:11-0500I have wide open west. ATT throttles after 250GB where I live so nope nope nope sauce lol. Keith I Myers – 2015-02-21 11:51:09-0500+Kris Schnell – I am also on WiFi and suspected that my 3 year old router may be causing issues. I just upgraded to a top if the line AmpedWireless Router + An AmpedWireless Repeater last night to rule out anything. 

I know there were a few dead spots in my house but with the new hardware, I dont think there is a dead spot on my entire City BlockKeith I Myers – 2015-02-21 11:59:00-0500I just heard from +Kris Schnell and he was able to replicate this test identically with the same results. I asked him to post the screenshots as well. 

Just a call out to +Lauren Weinstein to keep an eye out in this thread. Lauren Weinstein – 2015-02-21 12:13:56-0500In general, it’s far more likely that you’re looking at the complex interactions of ISPs, routes, and sites causing such effects without any purposeful manipulation taking place.Garrett Barker – 2015-02-21 12:15:01-0500On Comcast high speed
Bandwidth place 25.04
Speed of.me 87.04
Toast.net 12.76
Testmy 51.7
Speedtest 84.42

I have picturesBruce Burke – 2015-02-21 12:24:19-0500I had the same problem with a Brighthouse branded Speed Test … It reported speeds up to twice as fast as the non branded Speed Test … #DontBelieveTheHype

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