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Internet Speeds Continue to Climb Across the U.S.

Internet Speeds Continue to Climb Across the U.S.


We all know that the web is getting faster every year. But sometimes we don’t believe it until we see actual data demonstrating just how fast our internet networks have become.

According to the latest State of the Internet report from Akamai, average peak connection speed in the United States continues its impressive progress and is reaching uncharted territory again. The country averaged 70.8 Mbps — up from 57.3 Mbps from the same time period in the previous year.

The quarterly report looked at several different areas of internet speeds and trends in data over time. When it came to ranking the states according to average peak connection speed, which measures the highest speed that an internet connection can support, Maryland took the crown at 90.6 Mbps. Maryland also enjoyed the greatest yearly growth in speed — at 24 percent — among the top 10 states with the highest average peak connection speeds.

Massachusetts and Washington, DC were next with speeds hitting 89.2 Mbps and 88.5 Mbps, respectively. Nine out of the top 10 states experienced peak speeds of 81 Mbps or greater. And among the whole country, Alaska, along with New Mexico, experienced the largest gains year-over-year at 31 percent, while 42 states overall saw double-digit increases in speed.

These numbers reflect a lot of the developments and advancements that internet providers have been working towards in the past several years. And with the recent launches of several major gigabit projects and more yet to come, communities all over the map can look forward to experiencing the ultra-fast and reliable connections they need to thrive in today’s digital-centric and dependent world.