said by prairiesky:So, even if you were right, that still leaves the other half, of which there are millions. Many people suspect that something is amiss, and they look to a speed test for validation. If there wasn't a community-driven need for speed tests, we would still be complaining that our HD video was not looking very good at only 5.8 mbps on our 65" TV, or a large file is taking a long time to download/upload.
most people don't notice or can't tell you the difference between services. or even if their service is working to 100%. i mean i would place a bet that half the people who post speed tests complaining that they aren't receiving what they're paying for would have absolutely no idea if it weren't for a speed test. hence, it doesn't really matter.
There are hundreds of speed tests available now because non-technical people (and techies) had a need. Speed tests would not be so popular if half the people didn't care or understand anything about their services.