The Communications Workers of America have issued a report on internet speed — Speed Matters. The union finds that the speed of broadband connections in the U.S. hasn’t changed much in the last few years, on average. And compared to other countries, America is slow, slow, slow. At the current rate of increases, it will take the country 15 years to catch up with current Internet speeds in South Korea. Rural areas, of course, are well behind the national average.
You can look at maps in the report to find the average speed in your county. Or you can go to the CWA site speedmatters.org to test the speed or your Internet connection. (Ours here at the Yonder is average.)
The report has stirred interest in the regional press. The Roanoke Times writes this morning about “an unhealthy broadband lag” that particularly affects the rural portions of Virginia. The Dubuque, Iowa, newspaper laments the state’s average speed.
Meanwhile, TG Daily reports that the big telecom companies are arguing that the way to provide all Americans with broadband is to define broadband speeds waaaaay down. The telecos have told the Federal Communications Commission that most Americans don’t want fast broadband. They can do with slow speeds.