U.S. broadband speeds? Dawdling

U.S. broadband providers are looking for ways to speed growth, but U.S. internet users are just looking for speed, period. And, according to a new Communications Workers of America survey, it’s just not happening.

U.S. broadband speeds are among the slowest in the world. According to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the median U.S. download speed is just 3 percent of the median speed reached by Japanese users.

"This isn't about how fast someone can download a full-length movie," said CWA president Larry Cohen. "Speed matters to our economy and our ability to remain competitive in a global marketplace. Rural development, telemedicine, and distance learning all rely on truly high-speed, universal networks."

Rhode Island had the fastest download speeds (6.8 Mbps), Alaska, the worst (0.8Mbps).

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