Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Study shows U.S. ranks a dismal 31st globally in average broadband speed

Disappointed that Google Fiber has not opted to bring its Gigabit broadband service to your area? It's no wonder, as the latest survey, released Wednesday, shows that the U.S. has fallen to no. 31 in the world in terms of average broadband speed.

The U.S. has an average of 20.77 Mbps. Sounds great, doesn't it? It isn't.

The top scores are in Asia and Europe, with Asia holding three of the top five spots, including no. 1. The top five are:
  1. Hong Kong, 71.03 Mbps
  2. Singapore, 52.85 Mbps
  3. Romania, 50.82 Mbps
  4. South Korea, 47.36 Mbps
  5. Swededn, 42.64 Mbps
Speedtest is powered By Ookla, a company that makes applications for broadband testing and Web-based network diagnostics. The data in the report is gleaned from those apps.
Other reports, though, differ in terms of their measurements, and wildly. For example, Akamai's July State of the Itnernet report placed the the U.S. at number nine, behind South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Latvia, the Czech Republic, and Sweden.

In either case, however, you might wonder how the country that invented the Internet lags so far behind. One possible answer comes from the state of the States: America may be well-wired in metropolitan areas, but there are plenty of rural areas that have poor broadband coverage, because providers see no profit in wiring those areas. A report issued by CNN earlier this year noted that the relative lack of competition among ISPs provides another challenge.

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