U.S. states ranked for Internet speeds

By Justin Mann on August 14, 2008, 2:59 AM
How is the U.S. doing on improving its position in Internet service compared to the rest of the world? Pretty poorly, it seems. Recently reports have been compiled for all 50 states and the figures look pretty bad. The average download coast to coast was just above 2Mbps, which is definitely fast enough connection for normal use, but one that pales in comparison to countries like South Korea and France. The smallest state, Rhode Island, had the highest average speed at nearly 7Mbps, while the largest state, Alaska, got a mere 814kbps.

You can download the PDF of the nationwide report or the individual state reports, and the figures are pretty interesting. Despite of the fact the average Internet connection in the U.S. seems to be well below other developed nations, ISPs here seem to be lethargic about making vast improvements.

None of this is too surprising considering that the U.S. is also host to providers who think that 5GB of downloading is excessive and other recent reports showing U.S. ISPs lagging behind in broadband propagation as well.

Even though some companies such as Verizon and Comcast are intent on offering very high speeds to customers, the size and infrastructure of the U.S. makes it hard to reach the majority of the population.

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Rick said:
[quote]the size and infrastructure of the U.S. makes it hard to reach the majority of the population.[/quote]Hard, but not impossible. Telcos are publicly traded money machines and by law, they *have* to make money for their investors. Unfortunately, wiring up 20 square miles of farmland for broadband to be used by 50 potential customers @ $40/mo doesn't make much sense. That's the way business works in the U.S., sadly.BUT, look at what the EU has done. Government regulation has forced networks to be open and this encourages competition. So rather than having government approved monopolies over small areas like in the U.S where you can only have one phone provider and one cable provider, the EU actually gives you some choices. Choices benefit the consumer and that's why you can get a 26Mbps connection in France for almost half the price you can get a 6Mbps cable connection here (Even if it is available).These companies like Verizon, Comcast, Bell etc.. WANT you to have broadband. They want your money. But the infrastructure is cost prohibitive without government subsidies or forcible regulation and virtually no private company will take the leap necessary to get broadband in rural areas.
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