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Internet speeds increasing - but still a ways to go.

Mon, 12/31/1973 - 16:48 -- Joel Milne

A recent Akamai report indicates that Internet connection speeds are increasing on average. This is a positive development for users as the Internet holds a large place in our lives. However, we still have a long way to go to get the speeds we need. For an accessible and affordable Internet, the pro-Internet community continues to push for improvements in Internet speeds both within and between countries.

 

Article by Stacey Higginbotham for GIGaom:

We may not be a gigabit nation yet when it comes to broadband, but the latest data from Akamai shows that the the number of broadband connections over 10 Mbps — what Akamai dubs “high broadband” has grown by 73 percent from the third quarter of 2011 to the third quarter of 2012. The country has also see a 20 percent overall increase in average speed  to 7.2 Mbps over the past year, but the number of people who have adopted broadband (measured at anything above 4 Mbps) was 62 percent, which puts the U.S. at No. 12 in the worldwide rankings when it comes to adoption and No. 9 when it comes to average speeds.

The rest of the world is faring well, too, in terms of boosting speeds. The fastest countries in the world when measured by average speeds are South Korea and Japan. And as you can see from the chart below, South Korea has managed to get over half of its population buying speeds of 10 Mbps or more. The U.S. is more in line with the global average, but has seen a significant boost in “high” broadband adoption. Read  more »

 

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Read the full article at gigaom.com

*Image from Akamai