US ranks 28th in Internet connection speed: Report

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 08:44

Washington: The United States ranks 28th in the world in average Internet connection speed and is not making significant progress in building a faster network, according to a report.
The report by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) said the average download speed in South Korea is 20.4megabits per second (mbps) -- four times faster than the US average of 5.1 mbps.

Japan trails South Korea with an average of 15.8 mbps followed by Sweden at 12.8 mbps and the Netherlands at 11.0 mbps, the report released yesterday said.

It said tests conducted by speedmatters.org found the average US download speed had improved by only nine-tenths of a megabit per second between 2008 and 2009 - from 4.2 mbps to 5.1 mbps.

"The US has not made significant improvement in the speeds at which residents connect to the Internet," the report said. "Our nation continues to fall far behind other
countries."

"People in Japan can upload a high-definition video in 12 minutes, compared to a gruelling 2.5 hours at the US average upload speed," the report said.

It said 18 percent of those who took a US speed test recorded download speeds that were slower than 768 kilobits per second, which does not even qualify as basic broadband,
according to the Federal Communications Commission.

Bureau Report



First Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 08:44
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