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:
- Hong Kong, 71.03 Mbps
- Singapore, 52.85 Mbps
- Romania, 50.82 Mbps
- South Korea, 47.36 Mbps
- Swededn, 42.64 Mbps
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.