recently switched to Comcast from Verizon.
One thing that's really odd to me is how wildly different Comcast's speed test results are vs independent ones like SpeakEasy or even Google's
like it says 4-5x faster under Comcast's. Which I assume is complete BS.
But just unusual how blatant it seems to lie about it.
Indeed public infrastructure can be shared. The Cable and fiber currently deployed is NOT public infrastructure. Definitely should be but it isn't. As such, either a competitor has to put up their own poles over the entire area or run buried lines.
Both things can be seriously stopped up by the existing provider.
We absolutely should have the gov't in the ISP business; it's a utility like anything else.
The corporations are the ones stopping things. Having politicians simply write laws in exchange for campaign donations root of the problem.
US based I believe. I use PIA and am pretty happy with it. Occasionally their servers get blocked by Waze routing servers (and other such vanilla sites) but likely that's normal with any decent volume VPN.
Speeds are more than adequate for browsing, torrenting or whatever you want to do.
If you used a VPN from somewhere without a vigorous legal system, you can't really trust what your VPN provider is doing with your data.
I use PIA and while it works absolutely fabulous for my needs, it seemingly wouldn't work for full time usage as too many times their IPs get blocked by various mainstream sites, making those sites less than fully functional.
The non-techies in house can't deal with that unfortunately.