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Alabama’s Internet speed lags well behind other states

Internet Speed by State

Broadview Networks has just released the above map comparing Internet speeds in states around the country, and Alabama appears to be lagging well behind most other states, especially those in the Northeast.

“Using Akamai’s ‘State of the Internet’ Report, we were able to find the average internet speed in each state,” explained Broadview’s Russ Fordyce. “The speeds are measured in megabits per second (mbps) which is simply a measurement of data transfer speed within a network. In our map, darker greens represent faster speeds and lighter greens represent slower speeds. It’s no surprise that the Northeast has some of the fastest speeds in the nation, while the Midwest and less populated states have generally slower speeds.”

In the first quarter of 2014, the average Internet speed in Alabama was 8.9 Mbps, which ranks the Yellowhammer State 34th nationally. The Internet in Virginia, where speeds are the fastest, was almost 65 percent quicker than in Alabama.

But there was some good news in the report as well. Alabama actually experienced a 39 percent increase in average Internet speed over the last 12 months. That’s the tenth highest percentage increase of any state over that time period.

States on the West coast and in the Northeast tend to have the fastest Internet, while the South lags behind. According to Akamai, if a state’s average Internet speed eclipses 10 Mbps, it is considered “high broadband.” 26 states achieved that status in the first quarter of 2014, and no state dropped into the “low broadband” category of 4 Mbps or less.

But the U.S. as a whole only ranks 10th in the world with an average Internet speed of 10.5 Mbps. South Korea leads the world with an average of 23.6 Mbps. That’s far ahead of second place Japan, with an average of 14.6 Mbps.

The full state by state breakdown can be viewed below.

State by State Breakdown
State Q1 ’14 Avg Mbps QoQ Change % (Q1 ’14 vs. Q4 ’13) YoY Change % (Q1 ’14 vs. Q1 ’13)
Virginia 13.7 -4.3 30
Delaware 13.1 6.3 18
Massachusetts 13.1 2.6 22
Rhode Island 12.9 11 35
D.C. 12.8 5 18
Washington 12.5 8.5 29
New Hampshire 12.3 4 6
Utah 12.1 6 17
Michigan 11.8 13 42
Connecticut 11.7 7.2 18
North Dakota 11.7 14 27
Oregon 11.7 5.2 36
Wisconsin 11.5 9.2 45
New York 11.5 3.5 18
Maryland 11.3 3.7 58
Pennsylvania 11.3 6.3 23
Ohio 11.2 40 19
New Jersey 11.2 2 26
Minnesota 11.1 8.8 38
California 10.9 4.1 27
South Dakota 10.8 12 31
Georgia 10.7 21 57
Indiana 10.7 7.4 32
Vermont 10.2 5.7 -17
Nevada 10.1 16 40
Florida 10.1 4.4 36
Tennessee 9.9 7.4 30
Colorado 9.7 5.9 28
South Carolina 9.7 5.3 21
North Carolina 9.7 4.8 15
Nebraska 9.5 10 43
Texas 9.4 6.3 29
Illinois 9.2 5.7 21
Alabama 8.9 10 39
Oklahoma 8.9 8.1 30
Iowa 8.8 4.9 33
Maine 8.7 7.8 20
Arizona 8.7 1.1 30
Kansas 8.6 7.2 91
Hawaii 8.4 3.6 31
Wyoming 8 8.3 23
Idaho 7.7 9.5 60
Louisiana 7.7 -1.9 38
Missouri 7.7 7.6 26
New Mexico 7.6 1.9 22
Mississippi 7.6 7.3 34
West Virginia 7.5 6.1 29
Montana 7.3 9.1 25
Kentucky 7.3 5.8 23
Arkansas 7.3 8.4 69
Alaska 7 7.8 33

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