|By Bob Gourley||
|June 17, 2014 11:11 PM EDT||
Google is certainly difficult to pin down – part search engine, part Internet service provider, part investor and entertainment provider and researcher and driverless-car developer, and the list goes on and on.
In a YouTube blog post dated May 29th, Google announced that YouTube watchers can now access a free Video Quality Report to assess the speed (or sluggishness) of the Internet service. “Nothing ruins the experience of watching a YouTube video… more than seeing the dreaded buffering wheel,” the blog maintains, “which is why we’re always working to make videos play smoothly in the best quality possible. The report will provide explanations for torpid connections, tips for improving connections, and video quality from comparable and competing local ISPs.
An optimistic interpretation of this new service from Google applauds the tech giant for providing consumers with more information and contributing to a more competitive marketplace. Realizing a more perfect market means having more information about available products – in this case, more information might encourage Internet users to switch from one provider to another based on Google’s Quality Report information, so ISPs will likely face heightened competition from one another. The new service is quite a boon for consumers.
A more skeptical observer sees the move as another jab at Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon, who have recently come under increased scrutiny with so much recent media focusing on tech news stories (topics like Net Neutrality and Google Fiber).
The impact of this new service will be difficult to quantify, but hopefully the Report will encourage competition and ultimately lead to better options for consumers. Try the Report for yourself – the results may surprise you.
Dec. 5, 2016 03:30 AM EST Reads: 612
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Dec. 5, 2016 01:30 AM EST Reads: 725
Dec. 5, 2016 01:00 AM EST Reads: 3,324
Dec. 5, 2016 12:45 AM EST Reads: 1,565
Dec. 5, 2016 12:45 AM EST Reads: 1,804
Dec. 5, 2016 12:30 AM EST Reads: 6,079
Dec. 5, 2016 12:15 AM EST Reads: 3,814
Dec. 5, 2016 12:15 AM EST Reads: 1,156
Dec. 4, 2016 11:45 PM EST Reads: 917
Dec. 4, 2016 10:45 PM EST Reads: 1,000
Dec. 4, 2016 10:45 PM EST Reads: 1,670
Dec. 4, 2016 08:30 PM EST Reads: 1,805
Dec. 4, 2016 07:00 PM EST Reads: 4,918
Dec. 4, 2016 06:30 PM EST Reads: 2,175