U.S. Internet connection speeds decline; Delaware nears 100% broadband penetration

The United States made the Top 10 percent - barely - in terms of average Internet connection speeds, ranking 18th out of 203 nations tested, according to Akamai's latest State of the Internet report. The usual suspects, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong, ranked 1-2-3 respectively in Q3.  While each of those three countries saw increase in connectivity speeds in excess of 10 percent Y-o-Y (the average connection speed for them was more than 10 Mbps), the U.S. speeds declined 2.4 percent to 3.9 Mbps.

Akamai said global connection speeds overall increased to 1.7 Mbps, a 13 percent improvement from a year ago.

In the U.S., you've got the best chances for a killer connection if you live in Delaware (7.2 Mbps), New Hampshire (5.9 Mbps), Massachusetts (5.9 Mbps), Vermont (5.7 Mbps), or Rhode Island (5.6 Mbps).

Akamai also reports that the U.S. was home to 119.2 million of the world's 444.1 million unique IP addresses. China was second with 49.11 million.

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