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The Slow Lane

In which states would you have to live in order to get the fastest connections to the internet?

According to a State of the Internet report recently published by Akamai, that would be Delaware, Rhode Island, New York, Nevada, and Oklahoma.

Oklahoma? Must be because Wes lives there. :-)

And what about here in Virginia, the state that claims on it’s license plates to be the “Internet C@pital” (yes, including the cheesy @ sign)? We’re at the bottom along with Washington State, DC, Georgia and Illinois.

However, when compared to other countries, the US as a whole is not traveling in the fast lane.

Internationally, South Korea came out on top for having the highest level of “high broadband” (faster than 5Mbps) connectivity. 64 percent of the country fell into this category, compared to 48 percent in Japan, and 35 percent in Hong Kong. The US came in seventh on the list with only 20 percent.

The US fares even worse when it comes to just “fast” connectivity (greater than 2Mbps). South Korea came in first again with 93 percent, followed by Belgium and Switzerland. The US ranked at number 24 with “only” 62 percent of the country having access to broadband speeds of over 2Mbps.

Having access to that broadband and not having to pay an exorbitant amount for it? Well, that’s something for another report.


  1. Betty

    I’m glad to know the location of the internet capital.:) It does surprise me that the U.S. is so far behind. I get so irritated when I think my computer is going slow. Maybe it’s a good thing I haven’t experienced speedy international connections.

  2. Benjamin Baxter

    Are we really that far behind? America has a lot of land with very, very low population density — unlike Korea, Belgium, Switzerland.

    It’s worth mentioning that costs are much, much cheaper in America than in those countries.

  3. Tim

    Actually, when it comes to cost, a report published last year showed that we pay a lot more for our broadband connections than any other country in the study.

    And the reason why we’re behind on equity of access has much more to do with our national broadband policy (which is basically none). The governments in almost all the countries on the list ahead of us made broadband a key piece of national policy.

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