Internet Service Value Factor (ISVF)

What is the best, analytical way to compare one Internet Service to another?

We decided to create a formula that anybody can use to compare their basic Internet service value to another Internet provider.  This factor does NOT include other costs like data caps, customer support, latency issues, outages,  responsiveness, in house troubleshooting, etc.

We invite you to do your own speed tests and gather your download, upload, monthly cost and latency values and do the comparisons yourself!

There are basically, only THREE parameters that are needed to get a basic comparable factor when comparing the RAW  Internet Service level.

DOWNLOAD  = Averaged** and measured at your site Download Speed in MB/sec

UPLOAD = Averaged** and measured at your site Upload Speed in MB/sec

MONTHLY COST = Cost per month for that service that include service and any equipment rental

**Averaged speed is the general averaged, measured,  randomly tested during the day speed test performed by your choice of speed tests but at your premise on your network.  It is not the advertised max speed of the provider.

ISVF Units = MB/Dollar


This formula gives equal weight and value to both upload and download speeds.

3 Example Calculations based on Approximate costs/speeds:


Download 25 MB

Upload 7 MB

Cost $50/Month

ISVP = 25/50 + 7/50 =  .64 MB/Dollar


Download 350 MB

Upload 20 MB

Cost $60

ISVP = 350/60 + 15/60 =  6.15  MB/Dollar

LAH Community Fiber with 1 GB service

Download 949 MB

Upload 941 MB

Cost $ 70/month

ISVP = 949/70 + 941/70 = 27.3 MB/Dollar

LAH Community Fiber with 10 GB service

10 GB test circuit from LAH LAHCF resident home to Internet backhaul in San Jose area. – Yes – that is 9,635 MB/sec. If you are running UVERSE at 20 MB/sec down, this is 481 times faster!

Download  = 9635

Upload = 9542

Cost $70/Month

ISVP = 273 MB/Dollar

The 4 value calculation – ISVFL – Internet Service Value Factor (w) Latency

A more complex calculation  could include the one additional measured speed number of latency.  This number typically appears on your speed test and if that number is too large, your overall performance and usefulness of your service may be severely impacted.

So with these 4 values, the latency needs to valued in the calculation after the ISVP calculation is obtained as latency effects both up and downstream performance.

ISVFL = ISVP/Latency (ms) x 1000

  • Note – The X1000 was to create whole numbers for easier comparison rather than decimal number and values with MB/sec/Dollar/Sec

This calculation really makes a LAH Fiber solution a even more valued number compared to other systems since our latency is so low.

Example Calculations

Comcast –

**Comcast Latency – Throughout their coverage footprint, the average latency on Xfinity Internet speed tests is 28.86ms. For context, terrestrial connections usually perform in the 5–70ms range
6.15/28.6 x 1000 = 215
ISVPL = 215


LAH Community Fiber – 1 GB service
Latency = 1 ms (see screen shot above)

ISVFL =  27.3 / 1ms  x  1000 – 27,300

AT&T U-Verse

Latency**= 30.41ms

**Across their coverage area, the average latency on AT&T Internet Internet speed tests is 30.41ms.   (May 2020)

ISVFL =  .64/30ms x 1000 = 21.3