BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: United States broadband speeds are continuing to rise, according to Akamai’s periodic “state of the internet” report. The more urban “states,” including Rhode Island, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, conventionally do better in these rankings than less-dense states. ||
Akamai: Average U.S. Broadband Speed Rises to 18.7 Mbps, from Telecompetitor:
The average U.S. broadband speed was 18.7 Mbps in the first quarter of 2017, according to the latest Akamai State of the Internet report released today. That’s an 8.8% increase over the previous quarter and a 22% increase over the same period a year earlier. The U.S. currently ranks 10th worldwide measured by average broadband speed, behind nine Asian and European countries, Akamai said.
Just under half (48%) of U.S. broadband connections were at speeds above 15 Mbps, including 21% that were at speeds above 25 Mbps.
For the purposes of the Akamai report, the District of Columbia is considered a state – and as such, it had the highest average broadband speed nationwide, measured at 28.1 Mbps in first quarter, up 5.2% over the previous quarter and up 17% over the same period a year ago. Delaware, which often takes first place in Akamai’s ranking, came in second and was followed by seven other eastern states. In tenth place was the only non-eastern state in the top 10 — Utah, which had an average broadband speed of 20.7 Mbps.