I saw this story in USAToday, while in Atlanta, but wasn’t able to pull it up until I found the original source, (First-Ever State-By-State Report on Internet Connection Speed Shows U.S. Far Behind Other Industrialized Nations) just a minute ago — a report from the Communications workers of America. It’s important to note that the union has a vested interest in working to increase Internet speeds in the U.S.
The first paragraph of the report reads…
Washington, DC.â€”Results released today (Jun 25, 2007) of the first-ever state-by-state report on Internet connection speed reveal that the United States is falling far behind other industrialized nations. The report, based on aggregated data from nearly 80,000 users, shows that the median real-time download speed in the U.S. is a mere 1.9 megabits per second (mbps). The best available estimates show average download speeds in Japan of 61 mbps, in South Korea of 45 mbps, in France of 17 mbps and in Canada of 7 mbps.
I extracted the data from the PDF file, and imported it into an MS Excel spreadheet. You can get it here. The top 10 states (fasted) for download speeds are:
- Rhode Island
- New Jersey
- New York
- New Hampshire
The bottom ten (slowest) are:
- North Dakota
- West Virginia
- South Dakota
“First-Ever State-By-State Report on Internet Connection Speed Shows U.S. Far Behind Other Industrialized Nations.” CWA. 25 Jun 2007. Communications Workshops of America. 30 Jun 2007 <http://www.cwa-union.org/news/page.jsp?itemID=28663094>.