Compared to past years, the United States’ internet speed is finally fast, says Recode, especially when it comes to broadband internet. Broadband speed in the United States increased 35.8 percent, and upload speeds increased 22 percent.
As of October of this year, the United States ranked seventh in the world in internet broadband, and 43rd in mobile download speed.
Recode broke down broadband internet speed by state, specifically noting that:
- New Jersey had the highest mean download speed, at 121 megabits per second (Mbps)
- Rhode Island had the fastest upload speed at 63 Mbps in Q2 and Q3 of 2018
- Maine had the slowest mean upload and download speeds (50 Mbps download, 10 Mbps upload) in the entire country
- On a city level, Kansas City, home of Google Fiber, had the highest mean broadband speeds of any city in the country, both for downloads and uploads, at 159 and 127 Mbps, respectively
- Memphis had the slowest mean download speed, at 45 Mbps
- Laredo, Texas, had the slowest upload speed, at about 9 Mbps
Recode also reported that the fastest broadband provider nationwide was Xfinity, followed by Verizon.
What these means for decision makers:
Like many aspects of the digital world, faster solutions are best, as they are able to accommodate businesses’ ever-changing working needs and humans’ daily lives, Recode says. “As internet service providers continue building out fiber networks around the country, expect speeds to increase, though speeds vary widely by region depending on infrastructure and whether or not an area has fiber.” Decision makers will likely see their jobs become easier as solutions advance to continually speed up internet resources, and see more trends with increasing speed in other areas, such as 5G. For example, Recode says that broadband is now twice as fast as mobile, and broadband speed growth is also outpacing mobile.