Netflix versus Internet Service Providers has been the David and Goliath of our time, and if that analogy doesn’t make any sense, it’s because everything I know about David and Goliath comes from The Simpsons.

It’s no secret that the online streaming service has been battling it out with ISPs for years. A lot of companies want to limit and straddle your bandwidth, while Netflix accounts for over a third of all bandwidth used in North America. They’vegone about fighting this battle in various ways, but now they put some of the power into the hands of their users with Fast.com, an extremely quick and easy way to check your download speeds in real time.

There are plenty of ways to test your Internet speed, but Fast.com uses Netflix’s servers so that you can tell if your ISP is specifically hobbling your connection to the service, which has been known to happen in the past.

Netflix thinks your right to binge-watch TV shows is under attack, and they may be correct. So check your speed on Fast.com, and then use the provided link to check your speed with Speedtest.net. If the latter clocks in at much faster speeds, than you have reason to believe that your ISP is ripping you off when it comes to Netflix.

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