Average Download Speed In The US Makes a Huge Jump in 2015




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OOKLA has taken over a billion speed tests from over 40,000 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and posted the full results online.

From those tests, OOKLA has posted the following results:

1. XFINITY 104.56 / 12.71 Mbps
2. Time Warner Cable 99.11 / 19.23 Mbps
3. Cox Communications 94.06 / 21.28 Mbps
4. Verizon FiOS 83.39 / 87.26 Mbps
5. Charter Communications 66.31 / 4.46 Mbps
*Note: The first set of numbers is the down speed, the second is the up speed.

It may seem surprising to see XFINITY is faster than FiOS, but recently Comcast’s XFINITY Internet service started to take advantage of DOCSIS 3 and released 105 Mbps, 150 Mbps, 250 Mbps, and now a 505 Mbps fiber-based service in some areas.

It is important to note that OOKLA does not seem to count Google Fiber maybe because of its very limited availability. Google Fiber averaged 845.62 Mbps down and 903.53 Mbps up in Kansas on the OOKLA official results page.

The national (including the District of Columbia) average download speed counting fiber providers is 72.24 Mbps down. This is a noticeable improvement from the past.

Missouri had the fastest average download at 240.73 Mbps; they are also the first state to receive Google Fiber.

Maine has the slowest Internet, averaging 28.92 Mbps down. Yet they do have a faster up speed at 11.52 Mbps compared to states like Iowa with just 8.89 Mbps up and Kentucky with 6.97 Mbps up.

Four states average 100 Mbps down or better and 21 states average better than 70 Mbps down.

The United States, which has for a long time been considered far behind countries like South Korea when looking at Internet speed, has come a long way in just a few years. Hopefully we will continue to see fiber roll out to more US households.

Though just laying fiber is not the whole story here. Much of the improvement comes from the implementation of DOCSIS 3 and upgrading older hubs and also improvements to the backbone of the US Internet.

You can find a full break down of every state by clicking HERE.

You can find out more about how these numbers are calculated here: http://www.speedtest.net/awards/methodology

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