Netflix started issuing ISP report cards to head off possible throttling, and now, as the future of net neutrality is in doubt it’s upgrading Fast.com. The simple speed test debuted last year, and according to Netflix has already been used over 250 million times, with an even split between people testing on the desktop or mobile devices (there’s an app).
Now, anyone who uses it can easily share their results on social media, where they can be quickly checked by and compared with others.
While Netflix’s large customer base should head off most attempts by ISPs to mess with it, if there’s another situation where connections drop off then this tool could be useful for spotting and share the news.
According to some Fast.com data, the top countries using the service are the U.S., Brazil, India, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, Italy, Great Britain and Egypt. Users are evenly split between the desktop and mobile web/apps. Users test speed around the day but particularly around evening time or during network connectivity issues. In Japan, people primarily test around 9 to 11 PM local time and in India around 9 to 11 AM local time.