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The tweet says it all. I'm getting FAR less internet speeds than I'm paying for. I know that technically you get "up to" the speed you pay for but this is rediculous. I'm too lazy to call and fight with my shitty ISP, though. A simple Python script runs a speed test once an hour and if my speeds are less than a set number, it crafts this tweet and tweets at my ISP. I left it running a couple of weeks ago and.the last time I checked it's sent about 600 tweets. I have responses after responses from them but I'm waiting until it sends about a thousand tweets to reply, just out of spite. It continually amazes me the shit ISP's get away with.

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  • 24
    Ha! Interesting way of getting exposition. I would like to get an update on said responses when possible.
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    @Jilano I'll definitely keep you posted!
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    📌
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    This is ingenious.
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    In 2019 the EU will have something to test the internet speeds from ISPs before you get a contract.
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    @Codex404 Sounds great! Unfortunately I'm in the US and with the repeal of Net Neutrality laws ISP's are getting harder and harder to fight with on things like this.
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    Someone set up this exact thing with Comcast, five or six years ago. Turns out he was a Comcast employee.
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    Had same problem, we were paying for 100/100, but after setting up the tests every hour we realised that we get 35/15 at the best.

    Contacted them with reports, quality tests, real time speed checks. They came to my house MANY times and all they could say: Your router is bad (which was given by them....). Changed to a linksys 10gbit router, had same speeds... After 2 years of fighting - they increased my speed for free to 300/150 and I still got only 45/20 at best. Switched provider and now enjoying a 1gbps connection (800/650 real to other countries, 950/900 in my own) :)
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    Oh shit I pay for 300/300 and get 420/320
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    If we did that in Italy, ISPs wouldn't invest in new infra and we'd still be using 56k :'D

    But tbh we are doing good with FTTC and now FTTH!
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    Pinned
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    We had a script that pinged speedtest.net and stored the values in a Google Sheet with link to the generated results. We gave that to the communications ombudsmen and got to terminate our go tract with Virgin Media Business who gave around 30-50mb over cable connection (because the speeds on Wi-Fi were terrible) and we were paying for "Super Fast up to 350mb fibre".
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    He probably just has a 100Mbit/s ethernet card
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    At 1 tweet per hour 600 tweets = 25 days
    Looks like its been more than 3 weeks and you never got the advertised speed 😂
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    @Paramite It's fully gigabit from the router.
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    @three333 Never get the advertised speed. Got it for a week after they came and upgraded it and as far as I know, never again since.
  • 1
    Can I have the script? I think my ISP is throttling mine too
  • 0
    @PythonTryHard yeah true, can relate, would be nice !
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    @PythonTryHard

    Wouldn't it be more fun to write it yourself? I sure think so.
  • 1
    @bahua This will be fun /s
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    @PythonTryHard

    I guess some people wouldn't like it, but such a project genuinely sounds like fun to me.
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    @sergeyBrin @PythonTryHard I'll remove my API keys and such and throw up a GitHub link.
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    Great idea 10/10
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    Hello everyone, I'm sorry it took me a while to get back around to this. I've been very busy.

    https://github.com/mtverlee/...

    Here is my code. Be aware that it's very script-y as I wrote it quickly. It uses the Twitter API so you'll need those keys.

    Eventually my ISP followed me and I got a DM from a VP of Customer Support. I got them to do a complete check of my line and they ended up replacing my modem. Speeds got better for a while but eventually went back down again. I'm still running the bot so I'll just keep annoying them until they either give me what I pay for or block me. 😂

    Thanks for the support and interest.
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    Yay OP delivered
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    I checked the code, see some room for improvements (as you said its a quickly written script) I might make a pull request so people can run this even when non technical.
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    Twitter is a total cunt about API access anymore.
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    @bahua Right?! There was an application and all this BS. I had to make a ToS page for my domain even. 🙄
  • 1
    @DoubleAngels

    Hey, Denver! Cool to see another front ranger here! I live in Stapleton, because I gave up on being cool when I got married and had kids.
  • 1
    @bahua Hey Stapleton isn't bad! You're the first ColoRADo Dev I've met on here. :)
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    @DoubleAngels

    We like it very much! We walk all over, and I ride my bike to the train to commute.
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    @bahua That's great! It's really a great area! Currently I'm actually out in Grand Junction (sigh, I know) but I can't wait to return to the front range.
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