America Ranks 31st Globally For Internet Download Speeds, 42nd For Upload, You Can Thank Big Telecom Companies

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The United States of America is home to many great things, with widespread Internet access typically counted among them. But if you've been paying attention, just having access isn't the token that it used to be, and by and large, the USA has stagnated in terms of Internet innovation. Based off of results from a recent Ookla Speedtest study, the USA is quickly falling behind in terms of globally-ranked Internet speeds. Presently, the United States ranks 31st in average download rates and a woeful 42nd on the upload side.

That's pitiful, no matter how you slice it. The USA now ranks behind Hungary, Slovakia, and Estonia when it comes to download rates, which makes absolutely no sense at all. That is, until you look at the Internet marketplace in our country.


Massive telecommunications companies have essentially decided to divide and conquer territories in the United States. This swath belongs to Comcast; this one to Time Warner Cable; etc. That kind of business model has essentially left the big guns with zero competition, and given the wildly high costs involved with becoming an ISP, America isn't seeing too many companies sprout up to disrupt the status quo. In areas where Google Fiber has emerged, services from rivals have improved and prices have dropped. But even Google can't spook every single market into working like it should.

The answer? It's tough to say. There has been deregulation in the Internet market, but it hasn't led to increased competition. Many experts are suggesting that America mimic the approach taken by South Korea, which established a market where newcomers were actually favored over existing giants.

One thing's for sure: allowing Comcast and Time Warner Cable to become one certainly won't help us rise in the rankings, but it's looking like the tie-up is all but a given.
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Gross. Full speed ahead Google.

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Our very small rural town surprisingly already has fiber connections to each and every home. However we only get around 10Mb download and 3 upload for around 120 per month. I've been told it's capable of gig speeds IF you want to pay even drastically more for it. There's nothing but monopolies around here. There's even other companies around here that could compete, but they all have agreements to not stop in each other's territory/small towns.

I wish Google Fiber would step in everywhere.

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lets just jump straight to communicating with entangled pairs and computing with trans dimensional space... NOW!

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Australia was getting fiber to every home, however they stopped due to massive blowout in costing.

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Jason replied on Fri, Mar 7 2014 3:01 PM

I only got "high speed" internet last year around January. It is all that this area provides and we had been waiting years for them to actually bring high speed to our town. Before that all we could get was satellite. 3Mb down and 1Mb up. Paying about 70 bucks a month for it too. it's pretty much the best package they offer except for the business class ones but those are only 10 down and 5 up. Small towns aren't great for internet apparently lol

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