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Google’s Balloon-Based Internet Service — Project Loon — Gets Lift Off This Week In Sri Lanka.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘ABC News’ coverage.

I first told you about this in August 2015.

Sri Lanka, with its fairly-roundish 25,300 square mile land mass, is believed to be the second country to be provided with this service by GoogleNew Zealand, another Island nation, having been the first in 2013.

Google will use 3 Helium filled balloons to provide this 3G speed Internet access service. It is, contrary to the initial rumors, NOT going to be FREE after the initial trials! Sri Lankan consumers will have to pay, something, to a local ISP who in turn will have to compensate Google. I guess that makes sense provided Google insists that prices are kept affordable by Sri Lankan standards.

The balloons arrived in Sri Lanka ‘under their own power’! They were floated across from South America. That is neat.

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by Anura Guruge

GSTNetworks.Net (Granite State Communications) Has A New (Ookla) SpeedTest Interface.

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by Anura Guruge

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>> Metrocast Down Feb, 27, 2015.
 Metrocast Down Feb. 26, 2015.

>> MetroCast Down Feb. 24, 2015.
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Click to ENLARGE and study.


Use gstnetworks.net to access the ‘GST Networks‘ speedtest — based on the same  Ookla technology as used by speedtest.net.

The results, i.e., bandwidth readings, haven’t changed — and that is good.

New interface identifies ISP, in my case MetroCast. That is neat.

Just wanted to share this with YOU.

gstnetworks.net, which is lightweight and nifty, is ALWAYS my preferred means of checking my bandwidth. IF gstnetworks.net gives me a decent reading I leave at that. These days I only use speedtest.net IF I have to do some ‘diagnostics’ to see what is wrong with my bandwidth. I recommend that you do the same. Start with IF gstnetworks.net.

Fidelity Investment, fidelity.com, DNS Has Been Attacked. Site Inaccessible. YOU Need To Contact YOUR ISP To Have DNS Refreshed.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge


I noticed around 11 pm last night that I could not access fidelity.com.

That was strange since I access fidelity 30 – 40 times a day! I tried intermittently till 1 am and found that it was still down. That seemed very strange and unusual. I very rarely see fidelity down.

I tried to access them this morning. They were still down.

I called them up (and the phone number is 1-800-FIDELITY).

I was told the most amazing story.

It is a DNS ‘corruption’ BUT they won’t admit that they obviously have been attacked and attacked bad.

They want ME to contact my ISP and ask for a DNS refresh. Yes, I am on hold with TDS as I type. This is amazing.

This is NOT good.

So this is a heads up.

I will keep you posted.