According to SpeedTest.net, Americans are currently getting 135 MBps download speeds and 52 MBbps upload speeds through their fixed broadband connection – good for eighth place in the world and more than double the world average. “Fast Internet speed” is generally defined as a download speed of more than 100 Mbps, and Americans are doing well beyond this measure.
It has been in the U.S. since six years ago. The average download speed is only 31 Mbps. In 2013, the US ranked 25th out of 39 countries for broadband speeds.
Of course, the rest of the world has also improved – SpeedTest.net estimates that global speed increased 37.4% between 2017 and 2019 – but Americans are making rapid progress. Much of that improvement has been established nationwide as a result of faster fiber-optic connections. Approximately 33% of Americans currently have access to fiber internet, with speeds of over 1,000 Mbps.
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Americans are doing well on average, but it is not evenly spread
People with fiber internet access are mostly centered around cities and they are more likely to be in the US. They are in broadband, very low on average. In other words, although we have jumped from number 25 worldwide to our current 8th position, not everyone in the country is benefiting from such improvements.
We still have excellent internet in the US, with some getting speeds of up to 1,000Mbps download – enough bandwidth for streaming 4K video to 40 TVs at a time – while others are only struggling to check their email.
Microsoft recently analyzed broadband data from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the United States and found that 157.3 million people – almost half of the US population – are not using the Internet at minimum broadband speeds. For reference, the average family in Uzbekistan is the same.
Almost all of them live in rural areas. According to the FCC’s 2019 Broadband Deployment Report, 26.4% of rural areas and 32.1% of people living in tribal areas do not have a minimum broadband speed (25 mbps), compared to just 1.7% in urban areas.
As FCC chairman Ajit put it: “If you live in rural America, a 1-in-4 is better than a 1-in-50 chance of not having access to stable high-speed broadband at home. Probably our city.”
Why is America behind seven other countries?
Despite steadily climbing rankings over the past decade, the US lags far behind many other countries. Singapore has the world’s fastest average speed of 202 mbps, followed by Hong Kong with 170 mbps. So what is Singapore doing that we don’t have?
In short, they have very little land to cover. Singapore is 278.6 square miles of island – half the size of Los Angeles. In fact, the average landslide in the seven countries over the Internet is 81K; The US is 3.8 million. As the financial hub of Asia, the Singapore economy also relies heavily on highly-functioning digital infrastructure.
Americans get the Internet faster, but we pay more for it
A recent Wall Street Journal analysis of more than 3,300 Internet bills from all 50 states found that customers in the US were paying an average of mo 66 / mo. For standalone internet service, including equipment rental fees and discounts. If you join the TV service, this number will increase to mo 143 / mo. For the whole bill. Analysis set an average download speed of 100 Mbps – a bit slower than SpeedTest. The average speed of the net is 135 Mbps.
Although we get faster broadband speeds on average, we pay a lot more for it. According to the FCC’s recent International Broadband Report, the US ranks 21 out of 26 countries on the “fixed hedonic price index” – which “adjusts the cost, demographic and quality differences across countries.”
In fact, the US is geographically more dispersed than most of the countries listed, so the cost of delivering broadband is essentially high. But some heavy internet users may actually be better off than elsewhere.
Penn State telecommunications professor Rob Fryden told Politicoct that the bandwidth, which is called hogs, transmits many and many videos, giving the US megabyte the speed of transmission and the lowest cost per megabyte of data. There is a way to bend the price-to-price ratio in your favor – start broadcasting more Netflix.
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US. There are still a lot of problems to work with its broadband infrastructure – including heading the rural internet sector – but the latest figure is still encouraging. An average speed of 135 Mbps is sufficient for everyone except the most used homes. The problem is to make sure everyone can reach that high speed.
However, no other country with US territory can achieve such high speeds. Canada is a close comparison, and it doesn’t show up to number 15 with a download speed of 125 Mbps.
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