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New Scientist article What’s your broadband plan?
Is your internet speed too slow?
Is it too fast?
Which service provider offers the best broadband?
These are the questions that will need to be answered if you want to keep your home connected to the world around you.
The answer to the latter question is more complicated than it seems.
What exactly is the speed of your internet?
That’s an important question.
The speed of an internet connection depends on many factors.
Some of them are physical: the speed at which the data travels between the computer and your home router, for example.
Some are technological: how much data can it transfer in a given amount of time?
And some are political: what type of internet service provider is likely to provide the best service?
So the best way to figure out how much speed your home has access to is to take a look at the speeds of some of the internet services that you are currently using.
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