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U.S. Ranks 9th in the World for Broadband Adoption

October 25, 2012

U.S. broadband speeds are improving.

According to the most recent Akamai State of the Internet Report, which is published each quarter, Internet speeds in the U.S. got 16 percent faster between the second quarter of 2011 and the second quarter of 2012. The U.S. now ranks ninth in the world, with an average average connection speed of 6.6 Mbps. (The global average speed is 3.0 Mbps.) South Korea has the highest average Internet connection speed.

The U.S. gains were especially impressive when it came to “high broadband” adoption. In the second quarter, 16 percent of U.S. connections met this standard (connection speeds of 10 Mbps or faster), a 76 percent increase over the second quarter of 2011. The U.S. ranks seventh in the world in high broadband access.

The second quarter 2012 Akamai State of the Internet report found that global average connection speeds grew 13 percent in the second quarter, to 3.0 Mbps.

The report also includes statistics on broadband speeds in the U.S. states. Several states saw remarkable increases in the speed of their broadband. In New Hampshire, speeds are up 54 percent from the second quarter of 2011 to the second quarter of 2012 while in Delaware they increased 49 percent. Vermont saw a rise of 38 percent; Massachusetts, 35 percent; Connecticut, 34 percent; the District of Columbia, 31 percent; and Washington state, 26 percent.

Also according to the report, broadband adoption is continuing to steadily increase. Akamai reported, “Looking at year-over-year changes, global broadband adoption increased 6.9%, while increases were also seen in just half of the top 10 countries, as well as the United States.”