The Communications Workers of America released their third annual Speed Matters survey of Internet speeds last week. The 67 page report takes a look at how U.S. Internet speeds compare state-by-state and with the rest of the world. Here's some highlights:
- The United States ranks 28th in average Internet connection speeds.
- The average download speed for the nation was 5.1 megabits per second (Mbps) and increased from 4.2 Mbps last year.
- The average upload speed for the nation was 1.1 mbps and increased from 873 kilobits per second (Kbps) last year.
- The U.S. average upload speed is far too slow for patient monitoring or transmitting large files such as medical records.
- In South Korea, the average download speed is 20.4 Mbps.
- In Japan, the average download speed is 15.8 Mbps.
- In Sweden, the average download speed is 12.8 Mbps.
- In the Netherlands, the average download speed is 11 Mbps.
- 90% of Japanese households have access to fiber-to-the-home networks capable of 100 Mbps.
- The average advertised download speeds offered by broadband providers in Japan was 92.8 Mbps and in South Korea was 80.8 Mbps.
- 18% of those who ran the speed test on the Speed Matters website recorded download speeds slower than 768 Kbps which does not even qualify as basic broadband according to the new(er) Federal Communications Commission definition.
- 64% of speed test participants connected at less than 10 Mbps downstream which is not enough bandwidth for high-definition video.
- Only 19% connected at speeds greater than 10 Mbps and only 2% of those exceeded 25 Mbps downstream.
Some will argue about the way the data was collected and things like sample sizes, etc. In the end though we are performing incredibly poorly when compared with the rest of the world.
The Speed Matters website has the full free report that includes a state-by-state breakdown along with the option of viewing and downloading individual state specific reports. Be sure to check it out and see how your state did.
[Note: Image above taken from full report, page 1]