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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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.