DSL, Cable, FIOS, Or Squab?

An IT company in South Africa wanted to test the download speed of their Internet connection with Telkom, the country’s leading ISP. Instead of using an online broadband speed test, they took a homing pigeon, strapped a 4-GB data card to its leg, and sent it off to fly the 50 miles to Durban. The bird made it in one hour and eight minutes. Total time including unstrapping the card and downloading the information to a computer was two hours, six minutes. During that same time they’d only managed to download 4% of the data using their Internet connection. The next time you’re ordering broadband, think squab.

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