October 9, 2014
Last week Akamai Technologies released it State of the Internet report for the second quarter of 2014. According to The Washington Post, the report indicated Internet speeds increased in nearly every U.S. state between the first and second quarters of this year. The average U.S. connection speed, meanwhile, was 11.4 mbps, the fastest speed in the Americas and the 14th-fastest rate in the world.
The Post said, “[S]even even saw double-digit increases in average speeds between the first two quarters of the year” and “speeds in the second quarter of the year were also universally—and often significantly—higher from the year before.” The seven states with double-digit gains for the second quarter were: Connecticut, Delaware, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Washington and Wyoming. The Post also reported every state showed double-digit speed gains between the second quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2014.
Delaware, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Washington state had the fastest average speeds among the 50 states. The Post also reported, “All of the top 10 states had average peak speeds above 50 mbps in the second quarter” – the first time this has ever happened in the U.S.
Globally, Akamai reported average speeds topped 4 mbps for the first time ever. (The average was actually 4.6 mbps.) The average global speed increased 42 percent from the second quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2014. Akamai also reported 59 percent of the world has adopted broadband services that have speeds of 4 mbps or more. Nearly one-quarter of the world’s population, 23 percent, have adopted speeds that exceed 10 mbps.
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