Verizon's advertised Internet speeds put to the test by New York AG

Verizon's (NYSE: VZ) Internet speeds in New York are facing further scrutiny from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who asked users on Sunday to test the speeds of their Internet connections and post the results online.

Schneiderman's request is related to his office's ongoing investigation on if the state's largest service providers aren't delivering the actual speeds they advertise to the public.

In October, the AG began investigating the performance of the state's three dominant ISPs -- Verizon, Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC).

The AG previously asked these service providers to provide his office with customer disclosures and any testing done to measure Internet speeds.

Consumers can use the AG's new broadband test at the office's new website, Internethealthtest.org, which will capture a customer's "throughput." Upon completing the test, Schneiderman has asked users of these three providers to submit a screenshot of the results and fill out an online form.

New York AG speed test site

New York AG's Internethealthtest.org measures users' average broadband speeds using M-Labs' software and platform.

"New Yorkers should get the Internet speeds they pay for. Too many of us may be paying for one thing, and getting another," Schneiderman said in a statement.

A particular focus of the AG's investigation is on the interconnection agreements Verizon, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable make with content providers like Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Internet transit providers like Level 3 Communications and Cogent Communications.

Cogent and Level 3 have continued to sign new interconnection agreements with the large traditional telcos and cable providers, including AT&T (NYSE: T), CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), Verizon, and Time Warner Cable with the goal of improving traffic exchange efficiency by adding more capacity and interconnection locations.

For more:
- Reuters has this article

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