Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Eliminate costly downtime!
Find out how with Free White Paper
& enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
World Wide Web
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Internet Speeding Up Globally, But US Falling Behind
Internet Speeding Up Globally, But US Falling Behind

By Seth Fitzgerald
July 23, 2013 2:52PM

    Bookmark and Share
While many countries are leaping ahead with their average Internet connection speeds, the U.S. has been unable to compete. The U.S. dropped from eighth to ninth place in Akamai's ranking, as Sweden took the eighth spot with an average 8.9 megabits per second speed. The average speed in the U.S. was 8.6 megabits, but Akamai also found a disparity from state to state.
 



Internet speeds are increasing around the world, with the fast getting faster and some, like the United States, not keeping up, according to the Akamai State of the Internet report for the first quarter of the year.

Year-over-year Internet speeds increased 17 percent globally, with South Korea, Japan and Switzerland the nations with the fastest connections. But the U.S. dropped from eighth to ninth place in Akamai's ranking, as Sweden took the eighth spot with an average 8.9 megabits per second connection speed. The average speed in the U.S. was 8.6 megabits, but Akamai also found a disparity from state to state within the U.S.

Mixed Numbers

While many countries are leaping ahead with their average Internet connection speeds, the U.S. has been unable to compete. However, the numbers reflected on a nationwide scale tell a different story from the numbers seen among individual states.

When looking at the average Internet speeds of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Delaware, all three are faster than second-place Japan. Even though the comparison is not completely equal since Vermont and New Hampshire are significantly smaller than Japan, it does seem to point out an unfortunate discrepancy within the states.

The issue for the U.S. seems to come from outdated and unfair practices among major Internet service providers. Susan Crawford, former special assistant to President Obama on science, technology, and innovation, said the major issue is that "the rich are getting gouged, the poor are very often left out, and this means that we're creating, yet again, two Americas, and deepening inequality through this communications inequality."

The South Korea Solution

In order to become the best it is normally beneficial to look at the best, and when it comes to Internet connection speeds, South Korea is ahead of everyone.

The lack of competition among U.S. broadband providers has long been the main cause of slower Internet. One of the other issues is that South Korea is far more connected to high-speed Internet than people in the U.S. Around 95 percent of South Koreans have high-speed Internet, compared with just 65 percent in America.

In South Korea, the government has subsidized high-speed Internet for most low-income or unconnected citizens. The level of importance placed on the Internet is also much higher in South Korea, even from an early age. Most parents consider high-speed Internet to be crucial to education for their children, whereas it is considered a distraction by the average American parent.

Security Struggles

Another aspect of the Akamai Q1 report was security. According to its statistics, 154 organizations reported distributed denial-of-service attacks during the quarter, which was an increase from Q4.

Most of these attacks originated in Asia, with 34 percent of all attack traffic coming from China. Akamai also broke down specific industries that experienced a large number of attacks during Q1. Nearly 35 percent of enterprise companies were attacked, with 22 percent of media and seven percent of high-tech customers dealing with a distributed denial-of-service attack.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) is a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information and analysis to the Internet, telecommunications, information services, financial services, retail, media and advertising sectors. Neustar applies its advanced, secure technologies in location, identification, and evaluation to help its customers promote and protect their businesses. More information is available at www.neustar.biz.


 World Wide Web
1.   New Technology Defeats Privacy Efforts
2.   Verizon Launches Rewards Program
3.   Social Media Feeds Rare Syndrome
4.   NY Proposes Virtual Currency Rules
5.   Visa Intros Online Payment Service


advertisement
Radical.FM's Freemium Biz Model
Online radio startup asks for donations.
Average Rating:
Facebook Social Experiment Irks Us
Secretive test was legal, but ethical?
Average Rating:
New Technology Defeats Privacy Efforts
Study identifies 3 browser techniques.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
34 European Banks Hit by Android-Skirting Malware
Criminals have been finding gaping holes in Android-based two-factor authentication systems that banks around the world are using. The result: 34 banks in four European countries have been hit.
 
New Web Tracking Technologies Defeat Privacy Protections
Recently developed Web tracking tools are able to circumvent even the best privacy defenses, according to a new study by researchers at Princeton and the University of Leuven in Belgium.
 
Juniper DDoS Solution Aims at High-IQ Networks
In the face of more complex attacks, Juniper Networks is boosting its DDoS Secure solution to help companies mitigate the threats with more effective security intelligence throughout the network fabric.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Contrary to Report, Lenovo's Staying in Small Windows Tablets
Device maker Lenovo has clarified a report that indicated it is getting out of the small Windows tablet business -- as in the ThinkPad 8 and the 8-inch Miix 2. But the firm said it is not exiting that market.
 
Seagate Unveils Networked Drives for Small Businesses
Seagate is out with five new networked attached storage products aimed at small businesses. The drives are for companies with up to 50 workers, and range in capacity from two to 20 terabytes.
 
Another Day, Another Internet of Things Consortium Is Born
In the emerging Internet of Things, zillions of devices will be talking to each other. Samsung, Intel and Dell just formed a consortium to ensure each thing can understand what others are saying.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Apple Patent for Smart Watch Comes to Light
Does a new smart watch patent issued to Apple provide a preview of the expected wearable from the tech giant? Some Apple-watchers are parsing the patent for signs of the coming product.
 
Will iPhone 6 Cannibalize Apple's Tablet Sales?
Could Apple’s iPhone 6 -- it’s so-called super-size phone due to hit store shelves this fall -- come back to haunt the smartphone maker? Some observers say yes; others say preposterous.
 
Axed Nokia X Phones Suffered from Lack of Identity
So long, Nokia X, we hardly knew you. The Nokia X phones Microsoft discontinued blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each. As a result, the devices didn't become a runaway hit.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.