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Best Connected Cities

Metrics provider Ookla rates the cities in the U.S. and around the world on the speed of their internet connection. No.1, no surprise, is San Jose, CA. No. 2?

Saint Paul, Minnesota comes in at number 2, although in comparison with numbers in Europe and Asia the speeds in the U.S. are laughable.

Stacie Higgenbotham writes, "Seattle-based Ookla has introduced a broadband index that tabulates results from the more than 1 million speed tests done each day around the world. It's found that the average global broadband speed is 7.69 Mbps while the U.S. speeds average out at 10.12 Mbps."

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The real revelation in this data

The real revelation in this global broadband speed data is that even the #1 U.S. city is well behind the likes of Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, Bucharest, Rumania, and Sofia, Bulgaria. So what is it about American broadband delivery that puts this country behind these others, and what can be done to allow the U.S. to catch up?

I might add that the U.S. being slightly ahead of the global average is not comforting since the global average includes many countries that are far less developed than the U.S.

Sam Casella

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