Pigeon beats "little" broadband

Submitted by acohill on Mon, 09/20/2010 - 07:16

Many parts of rural England, like many rural areas of the U.S., have "little" broadband speeds of just a few hundred kilobits, as opposed to "big" broadband delivered via fiber with a capacity of a hundred megabits or more. A speed test was recently conducted in Yorkshire, England. The goal was to download a 300 megabtye file by a "little" broadband connection and see if that was faster than sending it 120 kilometers by pigeon.

The pigeon won. They strapped a USB thumb drive to the pigeon and it flew the 120 kilometers in one quarter of the time needed to download the file. Silly? Sure, sort of. But it really shows why little broadband is not enough for rural America.

Andrew, I've been wracking my

Andrew, I've been wracking my brain trying to come up with animals we could test against dial-up as messengers. Tree sloths? Communications regulators?

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