America falls to 31st on global internet speed index


At the moment, the United States of America is ranked #31 as far as internet download speed goes. This ranking is made by, and is reported in their most recent update of the index.

The site marked how it was unusual for such a technically advanced country to fall below countries who aren’t so much advanced in that area. Examples countries ahead of the U.S. in download speed are Uruguay and Moldova.

Hopefully this is a bit of a wake up call, though there are already moves being made in the country to advance the speed of the internet overall and make those advancements available to as many people as possibly. Recently, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, announced that in five years he wants the majority of the country to have access to “lightning fast” internet.

With Google Fiber shaking up the ISP industry in some parts of the country, President Obama’s desire may be a more of a reality than we think, but we’ll just have to wait and see. For now, Americans stream your porn in low quality to avoid buffering.

[via Venture Beat]

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  • JMJ

    The relatively slow speeds are also due to the fact that America has a mature telecommunications infrastructure, particularly entertainment cable, that costs billions of dollars to replace. So, companies are trying to get out the last dollar of value before spending money on better technologies.

    Also, Americans are sheepishly complacent when being abused by Government and large corporations

  • JonE

    Well I’d say it’s because greed hasn’t taken over in most countries like it has in the United States.

    Partly because the research is being conducted and discovered by other countries.

    And partly because the Internet is provided by the government in many countries and in some cases regulated by those same countries.