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For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts 98

According to data gathered by Akamai, an analysis from Broadview Networks comes to the conclusion that the top five U.S. states for broadband speed are Virginia (at the top of the list, with an average transfer speed of 13.78 Mbps), Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Washington, with Washington, D.C. slightly edging out the similarly-named state; Alaska comes in dead last. These are average speeds, though, and big states have more variation to account for, including connections in the hinterlands. You could still have a fast connection in Chattanooga, or be stuck on dial-up in the Texas panhandle.
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For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts

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  • I sometimes forget there are two of them. I was thinking there for a moment that the neighbors finally got an upgrade. []
  • from New York. Where's the slowpokes from Virginia?

    • Based on the concentration of government and defense contracting in Virginia, I'm going to guess that the slowpokes from Virginia had to finish intercepting and storing your traffic before they could waste time on the internet and generate theirs...
      • FYI, the NSA is located in Maryland, not VA.
      • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
        Generations of teloc shared sites and the inter connects with other nations would make that entire region worthy of huge gov/mil spending just for their own dual use backhaul. Build a hardened network and the Soviet Union would notice. Dual use and its just very new, early optical. Digital exchanges and other vast network upgrades ensure a better on average regional experience.
    • I'm in Virginia Beach. I pay for 50/10 ($60), but Cox will bump it up if the node isn't too busy. Just did a test and got 64/12..

      • by anmre ( 2956771 )
        I'm in Virginia Beach too. Cox high-speed is great and we even got to stream the World Cup via WatchESPN on the Roku for free simply for being Cox customers (we only have internet, no cable TV). However, all that streaming did put us over our usage last month, which they promptly informed us lol!
  • Fiber to the Home (Score:4, Interesting)

    by bl968 ( 190792 ) on Saturday August 09, 2014 @02:11PM (#47638129) Journal

    Hell we have faster than that in in Clarksville, Tennessee :) with reasonably decent prices. Oh ya we have Municipal Fiber to the Home

    50mbps - $44.95
    100mbps - $69.96
    200mpbs - $89.95
    1000mbps - $249.95

    You can get triple pack with 175 TV channels, phone, and 50mbps internet for $118 a month.

    And these are not special offer prices. They just bumped everyone's speeds up by 2x and they have yet to raise prices. Speeds are bidirectional so you get the same up as down. They are a Netflix open connect partner, and you actually get the speeds they promise! Go CDE Lightband!

    • by jeffb (2.718) ( 1189693 ) on Saturday August 09, 2014 @02:39PM (#47638231)

      Fortunately, we here in your neighboring Free State of North Carolina elected a legislature that was willing to protect us from the predatory pricing of municipal broadband.

      Well, we elected them, but the big telephone and cable companies did provide a little financial incentive to help keep them honest, as it were.

    • I thought municipal fiber was supposed to be cheaper? I have a similar number of channels and 50m with FiOS (I routinely get 58-60mbps, and 40mbps up, and not just on speed tests) for $80 a month. Don't use Netflix tho.
  • And yet here I am (Score:4, Interesting)

    by gman003 ( 1693318 ) on Saturday August 09, 2014 @02:25PM (#47638177)

    Here I am, in downtown Richmond (capital of Virginia). I *should* be getting some blazing-fast internet, right? Perfect conditions for it.

    Nope. 3Mbps DSL. I can't switch ISPs because my apartment gave a monopoly to Telcom Communications (seriously, that's their actual name - they seem to be reselling CenturyLink). Sure, they don't call it that, but I checked every ISP and none of them will provide service to me except some DSL that's just as slow as what I've got.

    And yet my parents, living twenty minutes away from anywhere in the empty part of Chesterfield, are getting 50Mbps FttH. I really want to see the economic explanation for that - it's too expensive to run fiber literally a block from Main Street, but a 20-mile run past several farms and lumber fields is somehow profitable.

    • by mc6809e ( 214243 )

      No 4g available? I'm using a Verizon 4g access point from a horse farm in the middle of nowhere and Speakeasy's speed test gives me 10.46Mbps down/7.53Mbps up.

    • by Cito ( 1725214 )

      I live in swamps of south Georgia, but my ISP upgraded from dsl2plus to VDSL so I went from 12mbit down/768k up to 20 Mbit down/2 Mbit up.

    • by fermion ( 181285 )
      Like so many of these studies the centers of the data are of little use for someone trying to quantify speeds. Even if we had a range for the center, say a standard deviation, that would still leave out variables like size, population, geography and variables in population density. It is unreasonable to publish a single number for a states as meaningful. It does back to the idea that one can make a bunch of junk numbers seem more valid by putting them on a pretty map.
    • Re:And yet here I am (Score:5, Informative)

      by drkim ( 1559875 ) on Saturday August 09, 2014 @03:41PM (#47638505)

      Here I am, in downtown Richmond... ...3Mbps DSL.

      You do know that they are talking about the average speed for the state..?

      The way it breaks down in Virginia is:

      You (and everybody else) = 3 Mbps
      The CIA in Langley = 2000 Tbps

      State average = 13.7 Mbps

      • by Anonymous Coward

        I get 120 down on the outskirts of Charlottesville.

      • Here I am, in downtown Richmond... ...3Mbps DSL.

        You do know that they are talking about the average speed for the state..?

        The way it breaks down in Virginia is:

        You (and everybody else) = 3 Mbps The CIA in Langley = 2000 Tbps

        State average = 13.7 Mbps

        Though your post was likely meant to be humorous, there is some truth to it. The infrastructure here in NoVa is definitely influenced by the heavy presence of intelligence work.

    • If you picture the way they set these delivery systems up it will make sense to you. Picture a unit serving a circle of users that surround the unit. If there are a lot of users in the circle your speeds shrink. Identical equipment serving the same size area with less users allows better service. At a certain point in order to be somewhat competitive a very busy circle will be divided into smaller circles and your speeds will jump suddenly. That is why you see ads from service providers bragging
    • Installation costs (tearing up the street rather than stringing on poles), plus - if the Richmond city council is anything like it was twenty years ago - nobody is going to make the company provide service at bargain-basement rates to all low-income areas before they're allowed to run the first line in the West End?
  • I'm sure it's Seattle that skews the charts, cause here I am in the middle of a town of 30k people stuck with 3m/896k 95ms.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    The survey should have been done by zip code or something approximating actual the size of ISP service areas / local government granted monopolies.

  • Where I live in VA the internet options are HORRIBLE. Verizon DSL has a complete monopoly on the area, charging over $40/month for speeds of only 2.5mbps. Their customer service is on par with Cox cable any time my internet has issues it's a 2-3 month hassle to get it finally fixed, last time I had to contact the BBB in order to get my issues resolved. Worse thing is from what I hear Fiber has been run through the area it's just not being used, I guess Verizon doesn't want to provide faster internet when ev
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Wow i knew our USA internet was terrible but 13 mbps? Are you shitting me? We have 108 mbps in houston and even that sucks balls.

  • In Switzerland the slowest speeds you commonly get are about 15 Mbits/s, but one thing I really like is that UPC Cablecom [] offer 2 Mbits/s down for *free* so if you're unemployed or in financial straights you still have access to the internet that's sufficient for doing things like looking for a job, paying your bills, etc. In England, on the other hand, if they think you're not doing enough to search for work they cut you off unemployment benefits. They in effect killed someone [] this way recently.
    • by mc6809e ( 214243 )

      In Switzerland the slowest speeds you commonly get are about 15 Mbits/s...

      And yet the report cited shows that only 45% have access to speeds above 10Mbps and 23% of access to speeds above 15Mbps.

      Five US states have more people above 10Mbps than Switzerland.

      And one of those states by itself, New Jersey, has almost a million more people.

  • Internet speed inversely proportionate by distance from washington dc :P
  • by Anonymous Coward

    These numbers are pretty meaningless. California is far too large to average numbers across the whole state, same with other large states.

    You can get 120 mb/s in Los Altos for cheap, but good luck getting anything in the hills near Shasta or Tahoe.

  • There were problems with TV and Net service. A tech arrives after 2-3 days and as soon as we talk to him it's obvious that the guy is not well trained or smart. He had a cutting and crimping tool and was going to replace the ends on the runs to my house. I said no. He makes a call and the second guy arrives with the same lack of ability. While talking to them I ask my son to call again to tell Cox WTF we're dealing with. My son is one of those tech wizard big brain guys and found some program to analyze ou
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I helped design & build this network as a subcontractor for Comcast, you're welcome NOVA.

  • fiber to the house is wonderful, but i can't wait to get fiber in the house!

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