The data also confirms that where a customer lives is a good indicator of Internet connection speed. With some exceptions, if you live in a Northeastern or Mid-Atlantic state, you are likely to have good high- speed Internet options.
The fastest Internet connections are in Delaware, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York, all of which average 8.4 to 9.9 Mbps. The slowest are likely to be in Mississippi, South Carolina, Arkansas, Idaho, Alaska, which average between 2.3 Mbps and 3.7 Mbps
Speed matters also made some international comparisons, ranking the US 28th in the world in average Internet connection speeds. South Korea is at the top end with 20.4 Mbps, four times faster than the US, which also loses out to Japan at 15.8 Mbps, Sweden at 12.8 Mbps, the Netherlands at 11.0 Mbps, and 24 other countries that have faster broadband.
It also ranks the US 15th behind other industrialized nations in the percentage of the population subscribing to broadband, with countries like Canada, Britain, France, Germany, and Sweden with higher broadband subscription percentages than the US.
The report also reminds the US authorities that millions of Americans don’t have and can’t have high speed internet connections, either because of where they live or because of what they earn.
Around 67% of urban and suburban homes have broadband, but only 46% of rural homes have it. Similarly, 88% of Americans who earn over $100,000 a year get broadband, but just 35% where the home earns less than $20,000 subscribe. Only about 54% of middle-income families earning between $30,000 and $40,000 a year subscribe to broadband.
So the Communications Workers of America has come up with a ten point plan, and has called on the US government to establish a national policy goal for broadband, something that European governments did around 4 years back.
It suggests that the goal is to construct an national infrastructure with enough capacity for 10 megabits per second (Mbps) downstream and 1 Mbps upstream by 2010. The policy should also call for a minimum and then rising number of homes that can get 100 Mbps. The next thing is to collect robust and detailed broadband data, rather than leaving it to organizations like Speed Matters, but it accepts that the FCC has improved its broadband data collection program, and federal funds are now available to states to map their broadband infrastructure.
It's not just the size of the country and its varied population densities that seem to have confused the broadband report. Their approach to data analysis is naive.
Look at an obvious example like the State of Nevada. In the Las Vegas area, mediocre speeds abound. In an area north-east of Sin City, where only nearly deserted national parks and ranches are the norm, with a single town of 1,252 residents within hundreds of square miles, broadband speeds are extraordinary.
I say the sample size is remarkably poor and the map is wholly inaccurate. There may be those who want broadband everywhere, but it's not likely to happen where it's not needed. Though some communication abilities are beneficial for everyone, the Internet is not a necessity everywhere.
Information Systems Consultant
Speed Matters testing is flawed.... I'm on a 10MB connection - both directions...It correctly measured my download speed, but upload speed was measured at 256KB. They need to fix their tool before using it to assess the state of things.
I'm not trying to defend what we have in the US, but I think things are being under reported, and the issues we face are different than many European countries, or Japan and South Korea. Out here in Montana we have some very open spaces with sparse population, yet we've put in a lot of fiber to back it. My home connection (cable) is 15MB down, 1MB up and generally pretty reliable. Most of the infrastrucure is new and works well. With very open areas in the west the cost of installing broadband is significantly more than in smaller, more densely populated countries.
The key point is..
There're three biggest broadband companies that control all the networks of South Korea. (
government already granted a right to them long time ago.) They've been struggling to take the priority from S.Korea's network market by making their network faster, cheaper and more secure to appeal to customers.
This is the key point of how South Korea could be equipped with such a fastest network on the land. Of course short distance and densly populated area makes it more viable.