The United States has dropped in terms of Internet connection speeds ranking. Akamai, the third global web traffic company, has released their State of the Internet Report. These stats are based on the first quarter of the year. The U.S. dropped one place from the previous quarter to 9th place. They are hitting around 8.6 megabits per second. Sweden is in eight place with an average connection speed of 8.9 megabits per second. The mobile networks were not included.
The U.S. connection speed improved by around 27% over the previous year, according to Akamai’s report. The U.S. is still behind companies like Latvia and the Czech Republic. South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong are in the top three spots.
One of the reasons why the U.S. may be doing badly against other countries is because of the larger population and land mass to work with. However, other countries also have a more competitive market for service providers. U.S. consumers are also paying higher prices for not-so-great Internet speeds.
Due to this issue, some companies like Google has stepped up and started offering Internet services of their own. Google is working with select communities to launch a new 1Gbps Internet service called Google Fiber. In the United States, east coast states are dominating with the highest average connection speed rankings. Vermont, New Hampshire, and Delaware have the top 3 spots. Utah is the only top 10 state beyond the east coast.