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Netflix's Fast.com website has hit a major milestone, with the news that the speed-checking website has generated a quarter of a billion tests from around the world.

The site was created to let users check if their internet connection is up to par so they can stream TV shows and films. But it's also handy if you're just curious if you're getting your advertised speeds.

Chances are, you're not. Recently, it was ruled that broadband providers must only advertise speed claims based on average speeds at peak times – in other words, what the majority of customers experience. Which should help when picking a provider.

According to Netflix, speed tests happen all day, though there is a slight bump in the evenings during streaming primetime. In Japan, most speed tests tend to take place between 9pm and 11pm local time. While in India, between 9am and 11am is peak time.

Netflix has added a new share-via-Twitter feature to Fast.com, so you can brag – or complain – about your broadband speed.

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