Akamai’s “State of the Internet” report for the first quarter of 2014 revealed a sorry fact: Compared to other nations, the United States can’t cut the mustard when it comes to broadband speeds.
In that report, the U.S. didn’t even crack the top 10, instead taking 12th place. This time around, according to Akamai’s latest survey covering Q2, we’ve fallen even further—to number 14.
America’s Still Barely Online
Akamai’s newest report isn’t all bad news. The U.S. made a slight improvement in average broadband speed to 11.4 Mbps, up from 10.5 Mbps in the first quarter. (First-place finisher Korea clocked in at 24.6 Mbps—more than twice as fast.)
But the U.S. isn’t gaining as quickly as other countries. Consider this: We just got lapped by Romania, Denmark and Norway, the new numbers 10, 11 and 13.
Here’s our updated infographic of global broadband speeds:
Lead photo by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite; map and bar chart graphic by Nigel Sussman and Madeleline Weiss for ReadWrite