Average U.S. Upstream Speed: 371kbps
The Communications Workers of America organization has been directing users to their Speed Matters blog
in order to test their Internet speeds. As the LA Times
explore, the CWA has released a more comprehensive report
(pdf) and interactive map
exploring the average upstream and downstream speeds from state to state.
According to the CWA's data, the average broadband download speed in the U.S. is only 1.9 megabits per second, compared to 61 Mbps in Japan, 45 Mbps in South Korea, 18 Mbps in Sweden, 17 Mbps in France and 7 Mbps in Canada. The average upstream speed in the United States sits around 371kbps.
The union, obviously concerned with increased deployment (more jobs, more members) is putting its support behind the the Broadband Census of America Act
-- a newly proposed bill that aims to improve the mapping of broadband penetration, while increasing the FCC's minimum official broadband watermark from 256kbps to 2Mbps.