The U.S. is #9 in World Internet Speeds

Published On September 3, 2013 | Electronics, Tech Business

We may clean up on Olympic medals every other year (take THAT Uzbekistan!), but when it comes to the fastest internet speeds in the world, the good old U.  S. of A. barely cracks the Top 10.

A new study from Statista and cited on Mashable finds South Korea is tops in the world with an average internet speed of 14.2 Mbps. Japan is a distant second at 11.7 Mbps. The U.S. barely hits the leader board, creeping along at just 8.6 Mbps. That’s just a few ticks ahead of Denmark, which averages 8.2 Mbps.

The data studied in the first three months of 2013 found that South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Netherlands, Latvia, Czech Republic and Sweden all have faster average internet speeds than those of us in the United States.

According to the Mashable write up on the study:

“This makes South Korea’s internet speed 65% faster on average than speeds in the U.S.”

Slow internet speeds not only prevent us from being our most productive at work, they also hamper our abilities to exchanging hilarious YouTube videos with our friends, so obviously, this embarrassing trend needs to be reversed very soon.

— By Tim Alan

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