Internet Speeds by State: MAP

Internet Speeds by State

Internet speed has been a hot topic in the news as of late, with major providers intentionally throttling speeds and the heated debate surrounding net neutrality.  It isn’t surprising that so many people are interested in the topic.  After all, the internet occupies much of an American’s daily life.  From work to pleasure, it’s seemingly everywhere.  But we all know that simply having internet access doesn’t cut it – the speed have to be fast and consistent.  We at Broadview Networks aren’t any different, we love fast internet as much as we love cloud phone systems.  That’s why we’ve decided to look deeper at the matter by exploring average internet speeds by state with this map.

Using Akamai’s “State of the Internet” Report, we were able to find the average internet speed in each state.   The speeds are measured in megabits per second (mbps) which is simply a measurement of data transfer speed within a network.  In our map, darker greens represent faster speeds and lighter greens represent slower speeds.   It’s no surprise that the Northeast has some of the fastest speeds in the nation, while the Midwest and less populated states have generally slower speeds.  The state with the fastest speed was Virginia at 13.7 average mbps, while the slowest belonged to Alaska at 7 average mbps.

Check out our map and see where your state ranks!

State by State Breakdown
State Q1 '14 Avg Mbps QoQ Change % (Q1 '14 vs. Q4 '13) YoY Change % (Q1 '14 vs. Q1 '13)
Virginia 13.7 -4.3 30
Delaware 13.1 6.3 18
Massachusetts 13.1 2.6 22
Rhode Island 12.9 11 35
D.C. 12.8 5 18
Washington 12.5 8.5 29
New Hampshire 12.3 4 6
Utah 12.1 6 17
Michigan 11.8 13 42
Connecticut 11.7 7.2 18
North Dakota 11.7 14 27
Oregon 11.7 5.2 36
Wisconsin 11.5 9.2 45
New York 11.5 3.5 18
Maryland 11.3 3.7 58
Pennsylvania 11.3 6.3 23
Ohio 11.2 40 19
New Jersey 11.2 2 26
Minnesota 11.1 8.8 38
California 10.9 4.1 27
South Dakota 10.8 12 31
Georgia 10.7 21 57
Indiana 10.7 7.4 32
Vermont 10.2 5.7 -17
Nevada 10.1 16 40
Florida 10.1 4.4 36
Tennessee 9.9 7.4 30
Colorado 9.7 5.9 28
South Carolina 9.7 5.3 21
North Carolina 9.7 4.8 15
Nebraska 9.5 10 43
Texas 9.4 6.3 29
Illinois 9.2 5.7 21
Alabama 8.9 10 39
Oklahoma 8.9 8.1 30
Iowa 8.8 4.9 33
Maine 8.7 7.8 20
Arizona 8.7 1.1 30
Kansas 8.6 7.2 91
Hawaii 8.4 3.6 31
Wyoming 8 8.3 23
Idaho 7.7 9.5 60
Louisiana 7.7 -1.9 38
Missouri 7.7 7.6 26
New Mexico 7.6 1.9 22
Mississippi 7.6 7.3 34
West Virginia 7.5 6.1 29
Montana 7.3 9.1 25
Kentucky 7.3 5.8 23
Arkansas 7.3 8.4 69
Alaska 7 7.8 33

Source: Akamai – “State of the Internet”

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  • Shawn Spence

    These are all pathetic numbers compared to other countries, even poorer ones.

  • davidmhoffman

    The situation in central Georgia is getting better for Cox Internet customers. They can get 150 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up as the Ultimate top tier. Soon they will have a 100/20 and 50/10 set of middle tiers available. Using the latest 24 bonded downstream channel and 8 bonded upstream channel DOCSIS 3.0 modems could increase that in the future. So we could see 450 Mbps down and 45 Mbps up in the future.

    • Ola

      Altibox in Norway is releasing speeds up to 10Gbps (both up and down) this fall, though it’s very very expensive (15k NOK/month or ~2,4k USD/month) and not very useful for most people, it’ll be available for a lot of private households.

      • Iluv2raceit

        The fact that 99% of the world’s available back-end gateways and company servers can’t support anywhere near 10Gbps is an even better reason NOT to spend a lot of money on very little return.

  • Mattit

    I live in rural NE and my speed is no where near the average. They need to do this as a heat map and not as a standard “average” by state. I think that a heat map would show A LOT more interesting facts on internet speed than this.

    And yes, the speeds of Internet connections in the US suck in comparison where other countries are averaging 2-3x higher speeds than us.

    • fishaddict

      What you forget is that in those countries you have whole areas with no connections available at all. In the US, you have some phone connection to darn near every house. This house may require 50 miles of wire run to it and it alone but it has a connection. Many of these other countries(the richer ones) take up the same area as on of the US states. Imagine having to run and maintain the infrastructure for a country the size of florida and have the population clustered in very small areas and posting low speeds. While I do think deliberately throttling down speeds is rotten, it is fiscally responsible because someone has to pay for grandma’s e-machine over the bridge and through the woods.

    • Sergei Shiryayev

      Exactly, I live in Alaska and my connection speed is 200mbps and hasn’t been slower than 15mbps since 2006.

      • Iluv2raceit

        Not sure I believe your bandwidth claim. Who is your ISP exactly?

        • Anon

          It makes total sense, no matter the ISO. Alaska is a GREAT spot for server hosting (obvious reasons) so the Internet cables there are going to already be fast. No Nationwide ISP will force you to pay $100 a month for that fast Internet speed alone, when a bigger company, or a local ISP will give it to you for a fraction of the price. TL;DR With pre-existing infrastructure, and competition, Internet is cheap.

  • Tony R.

    If the U.S. could achieve at least 5 Mb/s to every house in the country at an affordable price — $10 to $15 per month — we’d be in pretty good shape, regardless of our global rank. My ISP regularly tries to up-sell me on their service, urging me to pay for 30 Mb/s. I now have 10 Mb/s, but my old LAN equipment can only handle 7 mb/s sustained speeds, so anything above that is wasted effort. Realistically, 5 Mb/s is overkill for my needs, which is more than enough for software downloads, watching streaming videos and VoIP communication. The bottleneck isn’t my slow service or old network; it’s the servers that get overloaded and can’t deliver the content to multiple simultaneous requesters quickly enough.

  • mattsqz

    high speeds mean jack shit when you are capped at 150gb/mo

    • Art Vandelay

      You could use some more offline time.

  • David Gillies

    Those are the kind of speeds you would have found in Western Europe five years ago. It is the result of a horribly botched deregulation attempt, when the extant networks bought off their government cronies with tasty injections of K Street bribery, and locked in their first-mover advantage against upstart competitors. By comparison, the European telcos mostly opened things up fairly equably. Virtually everywhere in the UK now has 38 Mbps available, for example, and most major cities 100 Mbps+. I’m sure the Comcast/Time Warner merger will help get things moving (that was sarcasm, in case you were wondering).

    • papasan173

      This isn’t Europe, and will never be. Deal with the reality of what it is.

      • European

        My Internet connection here in Belgium is 160Mbps downstream, but the upstream speed is capped at 12 Mbps. Not using any DSL but cable which is the more common thing out here,

  • epobirs

    We recently got a major upgrade in my TWC neighborhood so that entry level on the cable system is 15 Mb down and 5 up, and a peak rate offering of 300 Mb down if you’re willing to pay. They’re supposedly rolling this out to all of their regions in LA County within a year, so things are getting better a bit at a time.

  • Stu Campbell

    Just a heads up to the designer of the chart: Those colours make it very difficult for colour blind people to interpret it.

    • Deej3255

      Totally. They’re using the wrong colors; mixing reds and greens.

  • Will.iam

    Internet speeds in Iowa are terrible. I’ve had and can only get 7 mbps. I’ve had that for 5 years. My upload speed is capped at 0.8 mbps. That’s in the heart of the capitol. We have 2 choices and I’ve chosen the lesser of 2 evils.

    These numbers are pathetic. What makes my laugh and cringe at the same time is when calling tech support to complain about slow Internet speeds they always ask, “…do you have more that four devices connected to your wifi?” Yes, why yes I do. Last time I checked, it’s 2014 I have 4 devices connected to wifi in one room. Their scripts haven’t changed in 8 years.

  • LakeLover19

    What happened to having 45 meg both directions to most of the country by 2010? Oh yeah, that got lost in all the mergers.

  • BenDoverPls

    FINALLY!!! A list that Mississippi is NOT at the bottom of.

    • Dark4ngel

      Hey, we’re still close, though. Give our “leaders” enough time and we’ll be at the bottom of this one, too.

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