America’s Internet Speeds Continue to Soar


Every quarter, Akamai releases a State of the Internet Report. This study is a widely accepted third-party evaluation of not just the health of the overall internet, but a comparison of states, regions, and countries’ internet speed, adoption, and security.

Earlier this week, Akamai released its 2017 1st Quarter report and it revealed that on a number of key metrics, the internet in the United States took a huge leap forward compared to other countries. The US is now in the top ten countries for adoption of internet speeds over 15 and 25 Mbps as well as the top ten for overall average speed.

But these gains aren’t new or just limited to the last year. According to Akamai’s research, broadband speeds in America over the last five years have increased from an average peak connection speed of 23.4 Mbps to 86.5 Mbps.

This near quadrupling of internet speeds in just five years is the result of constant innovation cycles and aggressive deployment of new technologies across the country. Thanks to the constant process of growth and improvement, Gigabit cities are springing up across the country in both urban and rural communities, further driving average speeds into the stratosphere.

If the last five years are any indication, internet speeds in America will continue to rise, broadband technology will continue to improve, and more Americans will reap the benefits of living in one of the world’s most connected countries.

  • Megan Graham

    That’s really interesting! Considering that America has some of the slowest internet and we pay more for for it than other countries. Don’t just take my word for it, a google search will inform you that were actually 17th on the speed list. Pretty pitiful. Nice BS article about net neutrality too btw, figured I’d mention it here since you have the comments closed for obvious reasons. The majority of us want strong title 2 backed net neutrality, good luck convincing us otherwise.

    • America has never had some of the slowest Internet, Megan. Despite the challenges in wiring a nation that includes so much sparsely populated land area, we have consistently outperformed nations with fewer challenges such as UK, France, and Germany. The nations with the fastest and cheapest broadband are those in which most people live in high-rise apartments in urban centers: Hong Kong, Singapore, and Korea.

      The Akamai report is truthful and accurate. Even if the US were in 17th place worldwide, that’s extremely good given that there are 200 countries. Being in the top ten percent is a reasonable goal, but being faster than Singapore is impossible for a big country.

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    Wow. My current internet speed through Comcrap is at Q3 2012(!!!!) speeds.
    And, I get the pleasure of paying $90/month for it.

    Thank you competition!

    • I doubt it. Run Speedtest and post your numbers.

      • Just_Some_Nobody

        So you can say I faked it?

        Really what point would it serve to post? Someone like you will only ever believe what they want to.

        Comcast most certainly still offers 25mb speeds which are 2012 levels. And they are gouging me at $90/month for it.

        • Pew Internet and American Life surveys say most people don’t know what Internet speed they get. This is largely because ISPs often increase speeds without a rate increase. Why are you so reluctant to back up your claim?

          Let me guess: you ran Speedtest and it showed 58 Mbps.

  • It looks like Title 2 is doing its job of making the internet slower.

    Wait, what?

  • Here’s a detailed discussion of the Akamai report and what the numbers mean:

    While broadband speeds have continued to rise, they’re rising at a slower rate that was the case between the fall of the 2010 Open Internet Order and the passage of the 2015 Open Internet Order.

    But regulation is not the cause.

  • CB

    Except for the fact that AT&T considers a 5mbit connection as blazing fast broadband speeds! They also continuously tell customers that the nodes are full when they may or may not be but the truth is that AT&T promised the US government that it would bring broadband Internet service to 100 percent of its wireline telephone territory when they bought Bellsouth in 2006. Is that the case over 11 years later? NO! Those guys without access are fortunate enough to get blazing fast wireless.