Pigeon Beats Broadband in Speed Test... Again

Just over a year ago, we learned about unhappy users of the South African ISP Telkom in Durban. Some IT workers decided figured that it'd be faster to send a pigeon with a USB stick to the data's destination rather than doing an FTP upload.

It was a demonstration of how slow the ISP was, and now the same stunt has been pulled off in England to illustrate a similar point.

According to the BBC, a carrier pigeon left East Yorkshire for Lincolnshire and was able to deliver a five-minute video file from Beverley to Wrangle faster than a local broadband connection could upload the same content to a video sharing site.

Rory the pigeon completed the task in 80 minutes.

This stunt was a part of a campaign to highlight the problem with the county's rural broadband.

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  • Haserath
    Well, my download rate is 30 pigeons and my upload rate is 10 pigeons. What about you?
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  • DM0407
    Can you get sued for Pigeon2Pigeon file sharing?
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  • kelemvor4
    They should install Jefferies tubes and get a bunch of mice running through them to solve the problem permanently.
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  • Silmarunya
    No surprise to me. I currently have Internet over COAX (EURODOCSIS), which has pretty good download speeds, but upload is terrible...
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  • kelemvor4
    They should install Jefferies tubes and get a bunch of mice running through them to solve the problem permanently.
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  • taidaan
    Sounds like a problem that most of rural America may share. My upload speed is 250 Kbps on a good day.
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