- Today's global download speed average: 7.71 Mbps.
- My breakfast download speed in the heart of America: 0.98 Mbps.
- South Korea (34.18)
- Latvia (24.43)
- Moldova (21.76)
- Japan (20.56)
- Sweden (20.09)
- Åland Islands (19.85—real place! citizenship requirement: add cool accent marks to your name)
- Romania (18.63)
- Lithuania (18.04)
- Bulgaria (17.67)
- Netherlands (17.25)
Now the gap isn't just because we're such a big country with hard to reach places. Rural states do drag the average down: Web is slowest in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. But our fastest city, San José, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, is 17th among metros worldwide, with a speed of 15.17 Mbps. Even where we'd expect serious American zoom-zoom Internet, we still lag places like Seoul, Hamburg, Bucharest, and Sofia.
South Dakota does beat the national average: our average download speed is 10.67 Mbps (I'm getting a tenth of that). Ranking 15th nationwide, we beat the pants off North Dakota, which pulls files in at 7.66 Mbps, and oh-so-urbane Iowa at 7.45. Minnesota is the only neighbor that gets files faster, at 11.56 Mbps.
Some critics have pointed out Ookla's data is not scientific: Ookla takes averages from SpeedTest.net users. Those users are all voluntary, so it's not a random or representative sample of all users in each region. That self-selected sample may skew the average higher: SpeedTest.net users may tend to be techies who know about the service and are interested enough in computer's Web performance to test it.