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September 27, 2007

State By State Internet Speeds

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Interesting article and report concerning Internet speeds in the United States.  Also, a cool map with which you can quickly check out your state’s speed:

First-Ever State-By-State Report on Internet Connection Speed Shows U.S. Far Behind Other Industrialized Nations

Report (PDF)

Interactive Map

Article highlights:

Results released today of the first-ever state-by-state report on Internet connection speed reveal that the United States is falling far behind other industrialized nations. The report, based on aggregated data from nearly 80,000 users, shows that the median real-time download speed in the U.S. is a mere 1.9 megabits per second (mbps). The best available estimates show average download speeds in Japan of 61 mbps, in South Korea of 45 mbps, in France of 17 mbps and in Canada of 7 mbps.

“The United States is the only industrialized nation without a national policy to promote universal, high-speed Internet access,” said Larry Cohen, president, Communications Workers of America. “The grim results of the CWA Speed Test illustrate that, without a national policy, we risk losing our competitive edge in today’s global economy—and the jobs that go with it.”

The report also ranks individual states based on median Internet connection speeds. The speediest states?  Rhode Island (5.011 mbps), Kansas (4.167 mbps), New Jersey (3.68 mbps), New York (3.436 mbps) and Massachusetts (3.004 mbps).

Iowa (1.262 mbps), Wyoming (1.246 mbps), West Virginia (1.117 mbps), South Dakota (0.825 mbps) and Alaska (0.545) make up the bottom five. The same 10 megabyte (MB) file that takes 15 seconds to download in Rhode Island would take nearly two and a half minutes to download in Alaska.

The only surprise in the list is Kansas at number two fastest.  Kansas?  Really?  My state (Minnesota) was slightly below the national average.

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