Considering that the Internet originated as a government and university project in the United States, I found it quite disheartening that the United States tends to have one of the slower network speeds in the world.
SpeedMatters.org found that the average U.S. download speed has only increased by nine-tenths from 4.2 mbps to 5.1 mbps between 2008 and 2009. This puts the United States at rank #28 in the world. South Korea enjoys 20.4 megabits per second while Japan has about 15.8. Sweden has 12.8 mbps and the Netherlands has 11.0 mbps.
“People in Japan can upload a high-definition video in 12 minutes, compared to a grueling 2.5 hours at the US average upload speed,” stated a report by SpeedMatters. The average individual in the U.S. living in the north-east parts of the country have the fastest speeds. Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming suffer from the slowest Internet speeds.