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Slow downloads? NY attorney general wants to test your internet speeds

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Weeks after he asked internet service providers to prove their speeds are up to snuff, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants New Yorkers send over their own evidence.

Schniederman’s office launched an online survey on Sunday asking internet service customers to measure just how fast their connections are.

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The attorney general’s office sends users toa website designed to test the speed with which their home internet connections actually reach content, allowing them to see if they’re getting what they pay for.

“Too many of us may be paying for one thing and getting another,” Schneiderman said in a statement on Sunday.

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The survey walks respondents through the test and asks that they provide basic information about themselves, which may be used in legal proceedings if Schneiderman pursues action against local providers.

In late October, Schneiderman’s reached out to Time Warner, Verizon and Cablevision and asked each company for proof of their practices since January 2011.

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Verizon in particular has been in local leaders’ crosshairs over what lawmakers argued was a failure in a 10-year commitment to pass fiber optic, high-speed broadband cables through all residential households across the boroughs.

In September, city Comptroller Scott Stringer reported about 74 percent of households across the city have broadband internet, with about 813,000 New Yorkers left without any access at home.

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