On October 16, Akami released its quarterly state of the Internet rankings comparing nations around the world on broadband speeds. The United States continued its upward trajectory, improving in both average connection speed and average peak connection speed. This new data further illustrates that the claims of some broadband Casandras, such as Susan Crawford, regarding the weakness of U.S. broadband networks are highly misleading.
A Model Broadband Ecosystem
For those who argue that U.S. broadband is too expensive and not as good as it could be, one only needs to look to Europe for another reality that could be a whole lot worse. Taking into account the high cost of operating and upgrading broadband networks in a largely suburban nation and the wide economic diversity of the population, the U.S. has made significant progress in creating a vibrant, high-quality and affordable broadband ecosystem.
95% of America’s Young Adults Use Broadband at Home
The latest survey of America’s home broadband subscriptions by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project reveals some surprising trends that you probably haven’t heard before. The fact that 95% of America’s young adults use broadband at home really jumps out.