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Average U.S. Connection Speed Now 7.4 Mbps
U.S. Now Eighth Place For Average Connection Speed
by Karl Bode 12:31PM Wednesday Apr 24 2013
Akamai's latest state of the Internet report proclaims that the average (not median) downstream connection speed in the United States is 7.4 Mbps. The company's press release notes the data is now culled from over 700 million IP addresses across 240 countries. While many might find much of the security-related findings worth looking at, the interesting bits in the report generally relate to speed -- or the lack thereof.

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While the United States average downstream speed of 7.4 Mbps is still significantly less than Asian countries, it does place us a marginally-respectable eighth place for average connection speed. The United States has seen downstream speeds jump 28 percent year-over-year in the States thanks primarily to cable DOCSIS 3.0 deployments.

Roughly 19 percent of this country's Internet connections are now capable of speeds above 10 Mbps, a bump of 90% since last year, but only a 5.5% jump since last quarter.

More regionally, Akamai found that Vermont is now the fastest state in the country with an average downstream speed of 10.8 Mbps, followed by Delaware at 10.6 Mbps. Vermont led all states with an average peak downstream connection speed of 41.4 Mbps. Delaware and New Hampshire also came in first place with 87% broadband adoption rates courtesy of their smaller size.

Since last quarter, the global average broadband connection speed increased 5 percent to 2.9 Mbps.

Note however the report doesn't focus at all on upstream speeds,; the word "upstream" isn't mentioned once in the report. That's good news for many companies that would very much prefer upstream speeds not be mentioned at all, and don't even bother listing them on their website. The significant number of telcos that can barely offer 896 kbps upstream likely wouldn't make our ranking in upstream speeds particularly attractive.

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