The US is the traditional home of the internet but it doesn’t crack the top 20 in terms of internet speeds.
According to Akamai’s quarterly State of the Internet report China and the US account for almost 40% of all IP addresses in the world but both rank well behind South Korea’s 11.7 Mbps average.
Average internet speeds are down around the world due to wider spread adoption of mobile broadband but the US is lagging behind both developed and emerging economies.
While the $7.2 billion US broadband stimulus package has focused on connecting all of its citizens, the next phase must be to ensure that connectivity speeds can cope with e-healthcare, e-government and other bandwidth intensive applications. Lagging bandwidth speeds might be a question of geography but there are ICT-orient governments, like South Korea, that are already seeing the benefits. As the $7.2 billion gets spent, it is also no guarantee that the US will move up the rankings as emerging economies ramp up development. The US is behind now, and might be well in to the future.
Akamai gathers data from its global network to track internet trends across geographies. http://www.akamai.com/stateoftheinternet/