Rumors have been circulating ever since the design and technology blog, www.gizmodo.com reported as much. A
Almost anyone who has access to the
So why all the talk of
The logistics of how Internet service over PUD broadband is delivered and who is using it tends to skew the data, which is complied by Ookla, a software and broadband testing company best known for its website, speedtest.net.
About 5 million tests are run daily at the site in 200 countries worldwide,
The company tracks data from every person who uses the speed test site. Data is then crunched to produce Net Index, a measure of connection speeds worldwide.
To be included on the Net Index rankings, the speed readings must come from many users over many unique connections, Steven said.
But the Ookla data-crunching method is unable, in rural areas, to differentiate Internet users' physical locations from the "IP address" -- the network coding assigned to the electronics -- of the companies who provide those users' Internet service, Steven said.
The city of
Since iFiber is based in
Other factors can also skew the result:
iFiber's Ryan, says all his customers get full, 100 megabit per second connections when they sign up for service. They don't have the option for slower connection speeds.
Ryan says he and his staffers encourage their customers to use speedtest.net to test their connection speeds, and to do it often. That would create the critical mass needed to put the region on the Ookla map.
Most county residents who have access to Chelan PUD fiber also have access to 100-megabit connection speeds, but opt for the 25-megabit speed to save a few bucks each month.
Ookla's Steven said that if 100-megabit service is not the default service, as it is in
If PUD fiber customers in certain areas don't use speedtest.net to measure their connection speeds, their fast connections would also fall under the Ookla radar.
Not all service providers have the ability to handle high volumes of data transfer, Ryan and Mandelis say.
Some pay for 100-megabit connects from the PUDs, but "throttle it down" using software to offer their customers slower speeds for less money.
Some companies also require their customers to use routers -- a type of equipment -- on their home or business systems to protect the rest of users on the network from viruses. Routers can slow connection speeds down a bit.
No matter how you slice it, NCW's broadband speeds through local service providers over PUD fiber are far above the national average of 18 to 20 megabits per second, and provide performance that astonishes even a techie like Ookla's
But that kind of performance is available over much of the region and each of the PUDs' networks. Not just
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