Last week I posted “Is Your ISP a Bad ISP?” pointing to a wiki with a list of Internet service providers who throttle P2P traffic. One person submitted a comment saying that the list is outdated. Now, you can find out for yourself if indeed, your ISP is playing funny games with your connection. I tested Glasnost on my Comcast Internet service in San Francisco and they passed the test.
Simply go to Glasnost (appropriate name as it refers to a period in the 1980s in the USSR when there was a bit more openness and transparency). Glasnost is but one weapon in your arsenal for finding out the TRUTH about your broadband connection and your ISP. It is a product of Measurement Lab, founded by the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, the PlanetLab Consortium, Google Inc. and academic researchers: “M-Lab was developed in 2008 after Vint Cerf and others at Google initiated conversations with network researchers to learn more about challenges to the effective study of broadband networks.”
Since you are in the mood for the TRUTH, might as well get the whole truth about your broadband connection and go to the Network Diagnostic Tool provides a speed and diagnostic test: “NDT test reports more than just the upload and download speeds — it also attempts to determine what, if any, problems limited these speeds, differentiating between computer configuration and network infrastructure problems. While the diagnostic messages are most useful for expert users, they can also help novice users by allowing them to provide detailed trouble reports to their network administrator.”
All of these goodies are now available at Measurement Lab:
I applaud the people who launched Measurement Lab for giving us the tools to force ISPs to come clean and be more transparent about how they are shaping traffic, throttling P2P traffic and other measures they are taking behind our backs. Can we hold them accountable and make them change? Yes, we can!
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