A recent FCC study
found that 68% of U.S. broadband connections don't meet the 4 Mbps down, 1 Mbps up standard recently set by the agency. In fact, the majority of connections don't even meet the 3 Mbps down, 768kbps standard. On the heels of that revelation, the fourth annual broadband speed report
(pdf) from the Communications Workers Of America was released this week, which found the United States ranks 25th in the world in Internet connection speeds.
The CWA, whose motivation in this regard is obvious given they would prefer more upgrades, greater deployment and more work, notes that only 1% of broadband connections currently meet the FCC's 2015 goal of 50/20 Mbps:
The U.S. continues to lag far behind other countries. The United States ranks 25th in the world in average Internet connection speeds. In South Korea, the average download speed is 34.1 mbps, or 10 times faster than the U.S. The U.S. trails Sweden at 22.2 mbps, the Netherlands at 20.7 mbps, Japan at 18 mbps, and even Romania at 20.3 mbps.
Consumers can be on slower tiers because that's all that is available, or they may be on slower tiers because that's all the speed they need. Consumers may also steer clear of faster speeds because U.S. broadband continues to be the most expensive
among developed nations. Huge swaths of this country remain in uncompetitive rural markets, leading to companies like Frontier trying to charge $100-$100
for last generation DSL.
The speedtests were collected via the Speed Matters blog
, which provides an interactive map of their data here
for those interested.