Two-thirds of U.S. Internet users lack fast broadband
Network World - Two-thirds of U.S. Internet connections are slower than 5 Mbit/sec., putting the U.S. well behind speed leaders South Korea and Japan.
The U.S. places ninth in the world in access to "high broadband connectivity," at 34% of users, including 27% of connections reaching 5 Mbit/sec. to 10 Mbit/sec. and 7% reaching above 10 Mbit/sec., Akamai says in its latest State of the Internet Report. That's an improvement since a year ago, when the U.S. was in 12th place with only 24% of users accessing fast connections. But the U.S. is still dwarfed by South Korea, where 72% of Internet connections are greater than 5 Mbit/sec., and Japan, which is at 60%. Hong Kong and Romania are the only other countries or regions to hit the 50% mark.
IN PICTURES: The Evolution of the Internet
Worldwide, 22% of Internet connections are 5 Mbit/sec. or greater, according to Akamai.
The U.S. ranked even worse in providing connections greater than 2 Mbit/sec. Although 74% of U.S. connections reach this threshold, that's good for only 39th place in the world, out of 200 or so countries and regions. Monaco, Tunisia and the Isle of Man lead the way with at least 95% of users surfing the Web at 2 Mbit/sec. speeds.
The U.S. government in April 2009 created the National Broadband Plan with the goal of "bringing the power and promise of broadband to us all."
"Broadband in America is not all it needs to be," the government initiative's Web site states. "Approximately 100 million Americans do not have broadband at home. Broadband-enabled health information technology (IT) can improve care and lower costs by hundreds of billions of dollars in the coming decades, yet the United States is behind many advanced countries in the adoption of such technology. Broadband can provide teachers with tools that allow students to learn the same course material in half the time, but there is a dearth of easily accessible digital educational content required for such opportunities. A broadband-enabled Smart Grid could increase energy independence and efficiency, but much of the data required to capture these benefits are inaccessible to consumers, businesses and entrepreneurs. And nearly a decade after 9/11, our first responders still lack a nationwide public safety mobile broadband communications network, even though such a network could improve emergency response and homeland security."
Akamai's numbers, released Monday in the quarterly State of the Internet report, is based on 533 million unique IP addresses from 233 countries and regions that accessed the Akamai network in the third quarter of 2010. Although two-thirds of U.S. connections are below 5 Mbit/sec., there are enough fast connections to bring the United States' average speed up to the 5 Mbit/sec. mark. South Korea leads the way in this category as well, with the average user enjoying speeds of 14 Mbit/sec.
- Virtually Delivered High Performance 3D Graphics "A picture is worth a thousand words." That old phrase is as true today as it ever was. Pictures (i.e., those with heavy...
- Who does NSS Labs "Recommend" for NGFW? In 2012, NSS Labs found that most available NGFW solutions "fell short in performance and security effectiveness." In 2013 NSS Labs noted "marked...
- CIOs Deliver Productivity Breakthroughs with Intelligent Digital Signage Retailers have long recognized the influence that digital signage provides over a shopper's point-of-purchase decision making process.
- Improving Business Value of WAN Optimization Want to achieve faster ROI with WAN optimization? Read the latest IDC report and discover how you can cut IT costs without compromising...
- Live Webcast IBM FlashSystem V840: Leveraging Software-Defined Flash to Drive Your Business With end-to-end, tightly integrated functionality and super-fast flash technology, products like IBM FlashSystem V840 Enterprise Performance Solution empower businesses to leverage the efficiency...
- What should I look for in a Next Generation Firewall? SANS Provides Guidance With so many vendors claiming to have a Next Generation Firewall (NGFW), it can be difficult to tell what makes each one different....
- IBM FlashSystem V840: Leveraging Software-Defined Flash to Drive Your Business With end-to-end, tightly integrated functionality and super-fast flash technology, products like IBM FlashSystem V840 Enterprise Performance Solution empower businesses to leverage the efficiency... All Networking White Papers | Webcasts
Our new bimonthly Internet of Things newsletter helps you keep pace with the rapidly evolving technologies, trends and developments related to the IoT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!