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.
That's still 10 times my average. According to speedtest, I usually get about 0.7-1.2 mbits down and 0.25-0.5 mbits up. I pay $45/month for something advertised to be 2.0 mbits down and 768 kbits up. Rural Canada blows.