Akamai's latest State or the Internet report shows that the US is making little headway in becoming a top-ranked broadband nation, and is being outpaced by Asia and Europe based on traffic analysis from the first quarter of the year. The US ranked ninth in average measured connection speed which, while a 27 per cent increase, …
"Surprisingly, California didn't even make it into the top 10 states for broadband speeds."
Having lived in three of the aforementioned places it isn't surprising to me. Consider I went from a fair speed in NH at 5 Down/2 Up Mbps (3,000 people in 46 sq. miles) to RI at 7-8D/3U Mbps (3,500 people in 29 sq. miles) and now finally in the purgatory that is So Cal. at 2-3D/0.2U Mbps (50,000 people in 6 sq. miles) and each costing $49.99/mo. Wireless coverage is better here in SoCal but the speeds aren't worth crowing about. In short, as populations and population densities go up the network gets saturated and there isn't enough money in rolling out more bandwidth for the same price because both of my current choices are satisfied with the status quo. When I dumped one for the other, they didn't even ask why I was dropping them because they don't really care whereas in both NH and RI they were interested if I was switching carriers, moving or if they could provide a less costly option. Simple supply and demand really, when the supply of customers is high and suppliers low there isn't much demand to listen to customer complaints.
There is a fix for this.
No wonder that California is slow, it is the home to the film and TV industry. The last thing they want is fast internet as it will completely stuff their business model. Just think about all the fast access to content from anywhere in the world free or much cheaper than Hollywood wants to charge you.
US telco's will never get broadband faster or more reliable
For those of us who worked for a US telco it's no wonder that they are behind. The managements are abusive bureaucrats. During my time with one the clueless round the clock changes in internal policies and abusive attitude to staff was staggering. Management didn't know what they were doing. I can't imagine US broadband ever getting any better.
Re: US telco's will never get broadband faster or more reliable
Not a situation limited only to US telcos, sadly.
...used to be >512Kbps - when did it become >4Mbps? Many politicos bluster on about providing fast broadband at 2Mbps or so...
Blame it on the NSA
They're the bottleneck, slurping everyone's traffic onto their servers