Virginia records fastest average internet speed in US

In the internet age, all we need is speed. Streaming, buffering and downloading… for all we need is a good internet speed. A new study has found that the internet speeds in the US have increased in 2014 from previous year.

According to the study conducted for the US, Virginia topped the survey with the fastest internet service of 13.7 megabits per second. But the last position holder is Alaska with the slowest average internet speed of 7.0 megabits per second.

If talk about the fastest Internet speed in the world, South Korea ranks first with speed of 23.6 mbps per second.

If we observe closely, the five states toping the chart have few things in common. All the five states with the fastest average internet speeds have smaller area. If go by the logic, it is much easier to wire up a smaller state with fewer people than the larger one.

Virginia is followed by Delaware (13.1 mbps), Massachusetts (13.1), Rhode Island (12.9), Washington, D.C., (12.8) and Washington state (12.5) in fastest average internet speed.

Alaska on the other hand is trailed by Arkansas (7.3 mbps), Kentucky (7.3), Montana (7.3), and West Virginia (7.5). New York (11.5 mbps), California (10.9), Texas (9.4).

The report said, “In contrast to the overwhelmingly negative nature of the quarterly changes, year-over-year changes in average peak connection speeds were completely positive, and rather strong, among the top 10 states. Across the group, yearly increases ranged from 13 percent in New York to an impressive 68 percent in Maryland. Year-over-year changes were also overwhelmingly positive across the whole country, with only Ohio and Vermont seeing lower speeds.”



Some of the most populous states in the United States like New York are found in the middle of the list of average internet speed. New York has 11.5MBps internet speed and is ranked 14th fastest in the United States.


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  • Carl Leitz

    drop the small geographical area argument, VA is medium sized and WA is large than VA

    • gdwitt

      Internet speeds in the VA suburbs of Washington DC are phenomenal.
      It’s like there is a 20 lane highway in the cables.
      I think it has to do with the DOD/Pentagon.
      I’ve seen fast speeds in Cville as well; the ISP’s are based in NoVa.

    • Cataclysm Bitb

      Virginia has lots of Government buildings which the Government, pays for the infrastructure. WA has Microsoft and other large software companies that pay for faster service so they pay for the infrastructure.

    • Robert Hagaman

      Langley, the NSA, the naval complex of Norfolk/Newport News/Little Creek/Portsmouth/Hampton Roads, Quantico(FBI/USMC), Annapolis, DC… I’m sure of you went out to the Roanoke areas and the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’d notice band width fall off. I know not far from here(Asheville, NC), some people in the hollers are still DSL or even Hughes Satellite.

  • Ismael

    This map looks like Red States VS Blue States… It’s funny how internet usage is directly related to intelligence…Any indicators, anyone?

    • Stanley77

      The red states do not like information, they get all they need to know from that bald bouncy woman hater.

    • Gregory

      Studies show that Fox News viewers are consistently the least informed viewers. They don’t need no stinking internet. Rush and Hannity will tell them all they need to know.

  • Gregory

    Our governmental restrictions have caused the US as one of the slowest internet speed countries in the world. It the early days of broadband the former Bell telcos were forced by the FCC to sell internet access to broadband resellers at below their costs. The former Bell companies were in turn slow to put money and development into an area where they were losing money. That’s how the US fell way behind other nations in broadband speed.

    • Borderlord

      You’ve got it backwards.
      U.S. internet service is almost entirely un-regulated, so, while urban areas can get very good service, the much larger rural areas get quite poor speeds, which is what brings down the national average.

    • Robert Hagaman

      The highest nations in average internet speed all have their infrastructures heavily regulated. The US allows corporate monopolies in regions of the country, where broadband is concerned. This lack of regulation is how the US fell way behind other nations. Facts FTW.

      • Gregory

        There is a difference in types of regulations. South Korea leads the world because the government implemented regulations to facilitate the deployment of broadband. A regulation that mandated companies to provide services at below cost to competing companies did not facilitate the deployment of broadband.

  • pajaritomt

    New Mexico is a Blue State and are rated in the slowest category like many Red States. It isn’t that people don’t want information in any of these states. It’s that they are generally poor states or generally large states. New Mexico has both problems it is a very large state, like Montana and very poor like Mississippi and Louisiana.

    But that is no excuse of neglecting infrastructure in the whole country.

    The real problem is that the companies that sell internet services own the cable companies and they are monopolies.

    Many states have reasonably good networks for government but they are not allowed to let citizens use those networks because in order to get Cable TV they must sign a non-compete agreement with the cable companies.

    This is a regulation that needs to go. The entire regulation of the internet/telcom lines is poorly regulated and basically in the pocket of these monopolies — Century Link, etc.

    It is embarrassing to learn that very poor countries beat us in internet speed.

  • hairyasian

    @nathan fortin: where is this report? what is your source? is it broadview networks (going off of graphic)? didn’t they go bankrupt?

  • Ismael
  • dana becker

    You have these same companies trying to pass laws preventing cities providing internet. Tennessee is doing this in a city or two and is being sued and taken to court by the cable/internet corps and their lobbyists preventing it from happening, making it illegal for the cities to do it. We need to fight back to allow that competition.

  • SoldierMan

    The state map rationale is stupid. The critical factor is the size of rural areas in any region, whether or not defined by state borders. Internet speeds are highest in those areas where populations are greatest. Rather than a state map, what would be actually meaningful is a population density map. It would show a direct correlation with internet speed.

    Every telephone and internet subscriber for decades has paid a special fee to providers intended to help them meet the cost of broadband wiring rural areas. But the government never polices use of this huge mandated subsidy – in the many Billions of dollars – except where it serves government (including schools). So rural areas remain largely ignored as providers pocket the money and concentrate on heavily populated areas where profits are enormously cheaper to realize.

    You can lay a line for a mile in Chicago, hook it up to severs, and charge 500,000 people for the service. You can lay a line for a mile almost anywhere in Montana, hook it up to servers, and charge 5 people for the service. So, obviously, you’re going to put your money where the profits are highest, and skimp with the bare minimum where profits are negative. And if government never polices your use of those subsidies, that’s just more free profit for your coffers.

    I periodically test my speeds here in Montana, which have remained steady over the past twenty years . (As with cable TV and fiber optic cable, the closest wireless service is over 30 miles away, so I am dependent on what comes over telephone lines that were installed by the Greatest Generation well over a half century ago – using similar subsidies.) Here’s my results for today:

    Download 1.04 Mbps
    Upload 0.25 Mbps

    This service is billed as “1.50 Mbps High Speed Internet”
    For this I pay $41.00 a month (which includes the universal “$0.99 Broadband Recovery Fee”)

    But the only way I can get any internet service is over a 70-year-old telephone land line – for which I pay another $28.00 (for the most basic service).

    So my 1.04 Mbps internet speed costs me $69.00 every month. Great deal, huh? Just $69.00 a month for 1/13th of what DC gets for less. Needless to say, I don’t spend hours downloading movies when I’m home on leave.

    It comes as quite a shock to friends who visit me from around the country and throughout the world. I am a professional career member of the most technologically advanced entity on the planet – the US Regular military – and my own home service is barely on a par with the most remote areas of the Third World.

    • SoldierMan

      The thing about my slow internet speed is that ALL Americans have been paying huge sums of money to service providers for decades to wire the whole country equitably for the 21st century, and they are NOT getting what they paid for. Hundreds of billions of dollars unwatched and wasted – by government directive. The Greatest Generation did FAR better FAR faster when it used the same approach to wiring the entire country for telephone. That telephone system STILL stands as the best in the world. Hint: This is just one of dozens and dozens of ways the Baby Boomers have allowed the nation’s infrastructure to crumble through negligence.

  • Huy

    “If talk about the fastest Internet speed in the world, South Korea ranks first with speed of 23.6 mbps per second.”

    megabits per second per second