Street-eye view of broadband speed
As everyone relies more on the speed of their broadband, mainly for downloading tunes, looking at filth and yelling at the latest glitch in Facebook, it's odd that there are still big variations between broadband speeds. In some cases, on the same street.
Or that's what a new broadband speed test has told us.
This test has been launched by comparison site Top 10 Broadband, and they've allowed users to have a look at their postcode area to see what speed their neighbours internet runs at (as well as your own obviously).
The marketing bloke, Alex Buttle, at Top 10 Broadband told the Beeb:
"One person at 1Mbps could be next door to someone receiving 8.5Mbps. We know that broadband speed will vary depending on things like distance from the exchange and the way the wiring and equipment in your house is set up but we do not believe this explains all of the variations we have seen between people in the same street."
"We think some of this may be due to outdated technology some providers use in their local exchanges, as well as the fact that some providers use traffic shaping or throttling at peak times while others do not," he added.
The service, which has been dubbed StreetStats, collects speed test data from users to build an interactive map and over 170,000 speed test results have been added, with a hope that two million will be logged by the close of 2009.