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US internet speeds have shot up 42 percent but are still lagging behind other countries

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If you are shopping around for a new cellphone provider or broadband internet service, you may want to take a look at the "Speedtest ranks" and the Akamai "State of the Internet Report." The data from the first six months of 2016 is in and the internet in the United States has gotten faster.

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Akamai's State of the Internet 2016 Q1

Although speeds are improving every year, the U.S. isn't among the world's top performers when it comes to optimal connectivity. 

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Akamai's State of the Internet 2016 Q1

Our nation's capital holds the best average connection speed (24 mbps), while Kentucky, Idaho and Alaska recorded the slowest speeds. Although Alaska says they set a goal of 100 Mbps connectivity for every resident by 2020.

Kentucky ranks at the bottom of national rankings. This puts our state at a disadvantage for attracting jobs and expanding education.
Kentuckywired.ky.gov

Kentucky has also begun their $300+ million "Kentucky Wired project," aiming to lay more than 3,000 miles of "middle mile" fiber across the state. When completed, it will deliver robust, reliable and affordable internet to communities across the state through broadband technology.

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2016 Ookla, Speedtest

Comcast's Xfinity offers the fastest download speeds (125 mbps), while Verizon Fios boasts the fastest upload speeds (93 mbps).

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2016 Ookla, Speedtest

Among the four major wireless U.S. carriers, T-Mobile and Verizon are ahead of the competition, both delivering download speeds that exceed 21 Mbps. Although, all of the companies enjoyed a substantial increase in speed in 2016. 

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