Akamai: District of Columbia commands highest average connection speed of 24.8 Mbps

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Only seven states have half of their average connections at 15 Mbps or above, the minimum standard for 4K video streaming.

Consumers who want to live in the place with the fastest internet speed in the United States should consider relocating to the District of Columbia, where the average connection speed is 24.8 Mbps. This is the latest finding of Akamai’s third quarter State of the Internet report.

Trailing the District of Columbia are Delaware, Utah, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Interestingly, Alaska’s average internet speed rose 43% year-over-year.


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Only seven states have half of their average connections at 15 Mbps or above, the minimum standard for 4K video streaming. This shows growth, as only 4 states met that level in the second quarter.

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“In the third quarter of 2016, average connection speeds showed quarterly increases among all of the top 10 states, in contrast to the second quarter, when 7 of the 10 showed declines,” Akamai said in the report.

From a global perspective, the average connection speed increased 2.3% to 6.3 Mbps in the third quarter, up 21% year over year. Global 10 Mbps broadband adoption rate rose 5.4% quarter over quarter, and 15 Mbps and 25 Mbps broadband adoption rates increased 6.5% and 5.3%, respectively.

While District of Columbia had the highest average connection speed, its average peak connection declined 7.4%, dropping it out of the top spot in the country.

Maryland and Massachusetts led the country with average peak connection speeds of 90 and 89.2 Mbps, up 18% year-over-year.

On the lower end of the peak connection scale, Maine continues to hold onto its position as the state with the lowest peak connection. Akamai said that Arkansas, which held the bottom spot in the second quarter, squeaked by Maine with a 47.6 Mbps average peak connection speed, up 2.9% quarter over quarter.

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