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The U.S. ranks 33rd in internet download speeds

According to the Ookla Speedtest, the average internet download speed in the U.S. is 21.72 Mbps, which makes the United States rank thirty-third out of one hundred ninety economies ranked in that category. Hong Kong ranks first, with an average internet download speed of 72.54 Mbps. The top ten internet download speeds are:

  1. Hong Kong (72.54 Mbps)
  2. Singapore (58.73 Mbps)
  3. Romania (56.69 Mbps)
  4. South Korea (52.35 Mbps)
  5. Japan (42.28 Mbps)
  6. Andorra (42.08 Mbps)
  7. Sweden (41.39 Mbps)
  8. Lithuania (40.48 Mbps)
  9. Switzerland (40.35 Mbps)
  10. Macau (40.25 Mbps)
  1. 6 March 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I had no idea! I live out in the woods of northeast Georgia, grateful when my DSL reaches 3 Mbps. I wonder if other countries invest in the infrastructure for Internet access as a public utility? As with our medical system, the United States takes a sort of hybrid approach.

  2. crazyguyinthailand
    6 March 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Thanx for this. now I really understood it all. I’m living in Thailand since 3 months and if I upload small clips on youtube it takes over 30-40 minutes(Even though I now got high speed Internet installed). In Sweden 1-3 minutes

  3. 8 March 2014 at 10:23 am

    Catherine Jo, our monopolies don´t invest, and why should they? They have no imperative to keep up with the rest of the world, there´s no way to make them. In all other developed nations, the government regulates companies that deal with public property (like the airwaves and the internet). That´s why. And if we cannot keep up — in Hot Springs, Arkansas, I also count myself lucky if my $50 internet speeds up to over 2mbps — we fall behind. In every economic enterprise.

  4. Withheld
    17 October 2014 at 9:47 am

    Peter, US Broadband ISPs invest billions every year to keep up with Internet growth unprecedented in any industry. Speeds continue to grow and are measured for accuracy by the FCC http://www.fcc.gov/measuring-broadband-america

    The US does not have a small dense area to build to and is doing far better than a similar areas like Europe. https://www.law.upenn.edu/live/files/3352-us-vs-european-broadband-deployment

    The average speeds in the US across ISPs far exceeds any Internet application requirements and while “not the fastest”… really is that a trophy we must have? http://www.speedtest.net/isp/comcast

    In looking across stats on this website, I am far more disappointed in other areas the US is lacking than our ability to binge watch TV over the Internet.

  1. 7 March 2014 at 1:34 am

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