Google Explains Which RVA ISPs Suck the Most at Youtube

by | May 30, 2014 | POLITICS

A new report from Google has broken down how well different internet service providers (ISPs)stream their flagship video service Youtube, and there’s a slight, but noticeable difference between the tw

A new report from Google has broken down how well different internet service providers (ISPs)stream their flagship video service Youtube, and there’s a slight, but noticeable difference between the two big kahunas in town – Fios and Comcast.

Techcrunch wrote about the new report issues to ISPS accross the naiton and it shines an interesting light on the issue as the fate of net neutrality sits in the FCC’s lap and on the national headlines.

The Google Video Quality Report will show which ISPs in your area can sustain an HD YouTube video feed and which ones may only let you watch standard definition 360p video without buffering.

To become “HD Verified,” an ISP has to be able to show HD for more than 90 percent of streams over the last 30 days. The throughput required for this, Google tells me, is about 2.5 Mbps.

As an extra, the report also gives you some details about when people are watching YouTube videos in your town and how many of them are getting HD and SD streams.(via Techcrunch)

here’s a breakdown of the google report for Verizon Fios here in RVA:

And here’s the only other big dog in town, Comcast:

You’ll notice Comcast dips a bit in quality around prime times, not by much, but by enough to be noticeable. But Comcast also seems to carry a heavier burden most of the time.

You can check out the report here (it automatically detects where you are and spits our a report reflecting your location). you can use the buttons below the graph to change the provider.

Have you been experiencing bad Youtube slow downs?
Do you hate your ISP for any number of reasons?

let us know in the comments.

Brad Kutner

Brad Kutner

Brad Kutner is the former editor of GayRVA and RVAMag from 2013 - 2017. He’s now the Richmond Bureau Chief for Radio IQ, a state-wide NPR outlet based in Roanoke. You can reach him at BradKutnerNPR@gmail.com




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