If 25 Mbit/s is the new broadband threshold, then US connectivity leaves a lot to be desired. (See FCC Sets 25/3 as New Broadband Bar.)
According to Akamai's latest State of the Internet Report, only Virginia and Delaware have average Internet connection speeds above 15 Mbit/s, or what Akamai calls "4K readiness" level. The other eight states in the top ten in Akamai's report have average connection speeds between 12.6 Mbit/s (in New York) and 14.4 Mbit/s (in Washington DC). The states with the lowest speeds -- including Alaska, Kentucky, New Mexico and Arkansas -- all have average connections running just below 8 Mbit/s.
In good news, however, average Internet speeds have gone up across all states compared to a year ago. And, with targeted gigabit broadband deployments, peak connection speeds are also rising. Delaware takes top prize with an average peak connection speed of 75.4 Mbit/s. Arkansas trails at the bottom of the list of states with an average peak connection speed of only 34 Mbit/s.
From a global perspective, US speeds don't make the top-ten charts. The average connection speed across America is only 11.1 Mbit/s, which ranks it at number 16 among countries worldwide. The peak connection speed in the US averages out at 49.4 Mbit/s, which ranks it at number 22 globally.
— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading