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Internet Connection Speed in the US

Map of US Internet Speeds

According to several recent studies looking at internet download speeds in the United States vast differences in internet connection speed can be measured across the county. Gizmodo recently posted maps that visually demonstrate the results of several of these studies. The results suggest that the South Central Region (SCR) area includes some of the lower speeds in the US. Typical findings show that in areas of finical wealth internet speeds are higher. In rural areas including parts of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico speeds tend to be lower as necessary infrastructure is usually not in place to support high speed connections. While areas of high density populations may have access to higher speed connections, the data showed that these speeds were often slowed by heavy use in these densely populated areas.

According to the Akamai State of the Internet report, compared to other developed nations the United States reports some of the lowest internet connection speeds. The study ranks US internet speed at ninth-fastest average internet connection speed in the world. This places US internet connection speed behind that of South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Latvia, the Czech Republic and Sweden. In last year’s State of the Internet Report US internet connection speeds were ranked eighth in the word. The report looks at over 200 countries and the US continues to rank in the top 10 for internet connection speeds.

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