Report: U.S. Ranked In Ninth Place In Global Broadband Average Speed

For several years, the U.S. has done terribly when compared to the rest of the world in its broadband speed. The FCC Chairman issued a challenge to all 50 states in the U.S. that will hopefully bring broadband Internet to at least one community by 2015, meanwhile in China, they’re demanding new residences have fiber optic connections starting this April. A new report was released overnight that, once again, has the U.S. tailing close to last place in its broadband performance.

Content delivery network Akami shows the U.S. is currently sitting in 12th place in the worldwide rankings when it comes to broadband adoption, which is measured at anything above 4 Mbps. As for average speeds, the U.S. comes in at 9th place with a 7.2 Mbps average. At the top of the average speeds list is South Korea at 14.7 Mbps, Japan comes in second at 10.5 Mbps and Hong Kong is third with 9.0 Mbps.

One area where the U.S. is high in its ranking is the amount of “Attack Traffic,” which is traffic that could be considered hacking traffic, produced as we currently produce 13 percent of the world’s attack traffic. The #1 spot goes to China as they’re currently responsible for 33% of attack traffic on the web.

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