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.