Call the Net Neutrality police – DailyKos loads faster than Foxnews
Earlier this week I pointed out how absurd it is whenever Net Neutrality advocates claim that the Internet is a place where all websites should load at the same speed. Sen. Al Franken (D.-Minn.) bemoaned that without Net Neutrality, “How long do you think it will take before the Foxnews web loads 5 times faster than the DailyKos?” So for a little fun, I decided to actually check if Foxnews loads faster than the DailyKos and found that the opposite was true!
Results from http://www.iwebtool.com/speed_test:
|Site||Load size KB/sec||Time||Speed|
|www.foxnews.com||106.9 KB||0.48 s||1.78 Mbps|
|www.dailykos.com||104.52 KB||0.24 s||3.484 Mbps|
|www.digitalsociety.org||40.16 KB||1.24 s||0.259 Mbps|
Using Net Neutrality equal outcome based “logic”, how can this be! Is there a vast left wing conspiracy to hijack the Internet and oppress right leaning sites like Foxnews.com?
If we used a rational premise that the Internet is equal opportunity rather than equal outcome, we would need to look for a technical explanation. Did DailyKos.com buy better server connectivity? Or did they build better servers and/or hire better administrators to optimize their site? Is it any surprise that DigitalSociety.org runs so much slower using a cheap $50/month server hosting service and free WordPress software? More importantly, do you actually notice any speed deficiencies with DigitalSociety.org?
While I don’t know the server connectivity details for Foxnews and DailyKos, I do know what DigitalSociety.org uses because I built it. We have a 100 Mbps connection to the Internet but it’s limited by my virtual firewall to roughly 25 Mbps. We’re also running in a virtual server environment and using the free WordPress platform without the benefit of hardware based website accelerators that large sites like Foxnews.com or DailyKos would use. I know for a fact that I can download individual files at at least 6 Mbps or more yet the iwebtool test shows 0.259 Mbps which would indicate that they’re timing the entire page load which is more dependent on the server and software platform.
Given the large disparity in performance, Net Neutrality proponents like Free Press should probably adopt server neutrality or developer hire neutrality. From now on, we need to make every company adopt an NFL draft model where the worst performing companies get first dibs on the Stanford or Berkeley or MIT graduates. That way we could finally be a few steps closer to this fantasy world where all websites load at the same speed.
Update – For anyone still claiming that Net Neutrality proponents never claimed that all websites should load at the same speed, here’s another sample from Free Press. There are countless other examples from other politicians as well.
“all Web sites and applications download and upload at the same speeds.”