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Which States Have the Fastest Internet?

Akamai's State of the Internet Report breaks down the state of broadband connectivity, connectivity speeds and mobile access.

Akamai Technologies Inc. announced the release of its most recent iteration of the State of the Internet Report, which focuses on broadband connectivity, connectivity speeds and mobile access as seen through data collected from the company’s global server network.
The report, representative of the fourth quarter of 2015, focuses not only on the health of state and regional access, but also on broadband and mobile access in other parts of the world. 
South Korea claimed the top spot for global connection speeds at an average of 26.7 Mbps, while global connection speeds increased an average of 8.6 percent to 5.6 Mbps on average.
South Korea also took the top ranking in 4 Mbps broadband adoption at 97 percent, 10 Mbps broadband adoption at 81 percent, 15 Mbps broadband adoption at 63 percent and 25 Mbps broadband adoption at 37 percent.
In the United States, Akamai reports that the District of Columbia and Delaware were nearly tied for the fastest average connection speed at 21.3 percent and 20.4 percent, respectively. 
Average Connection Speed by State
  State  Q4 2015 Avg. Mbps
 1.  District of Columbia   21.3
 2.   Delaware   20.4
 3.   Rhode Island  19.1
 4.   Massachusetts   18.6
 5.   Utah  17.9
 6.   Maryland   17.6
 7.  New Jersey   17.3
 8.   Virginia   17.2
 9.   New York   16.8
 10.   Washington  16.7
Rhode Island and Delaware took the top ranking in 4 Mbps broadband adoption with 96 percent, Delaware led 10 Mbps adoption with 78 percent and 54 percent in the 15 Mbps category and the District of Columbia came in on top for 25 Mbps adoption at 25 percent.
On the whole, the United States was also ranked first in average connection speeds throughout the Americas at an average of 14.2 percent, followed closely by Canada at 13.1 percent. 
Canada was recognized as the leader for its 4 Mbps connectivity, but was trumped by the U.S. in 10 and 15 Mbps connectivity areas. 
As for average mobile connectivity, Kenya, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Canada and Paraguay excelled. 
The full report can be downloaded on the Akamai State of the Internet microsite.

Eyragon Eidam is the Web editor for Government Technology magazine, after previously serving as assistant news editor and covering such topics as legislation, social media and public safety. He can be reached at