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This is Why America's Internet Speeds are So Slow


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The U.S. falls behind many other countries in average Internet speeds -- and the government wants that to change.

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This is Why America's Internet Speeds are So Slow

  2. Maybe you’ve already noticed.
  3. American Internet speeds can be pretty slow.
  4. In fact, the U.S. ranks behind 11 other countries for average speed!
  5. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 Average Internet Speed (in megabits per second) Source: Akamai
  6. So why do we fall behind so many other countries?
  7. One major reason is that some governments more involved in their country’s Internet capabilities.
  8. The South Korean government helped build out the nation’s broadband infrastructure and kept it open to lots of Internet providers.
  9. So its citizens have the highest Internet speeds at some of the cheapest prices.
  10. The U.S. government is trying encourage more competition too, sort of.
  11. The Federal Communications Commission just redefined the minimum speeds for broadband Internet.
  12. New standard vs. Old standard 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 25 Mbps Download / 3 Mbps Upload 4 Mbps Download / 1 Mbps Upload
  13. The FCC wants to make the case that there aren’t enough broadband competitors.
  14. Because under the new standard, many Americans only have one choice for broadband Internet -- Comcast.
  15. The FCC wants the new minimum broadband speed to encourage providers to increase their Internet speed options.
  16. It could also mean the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable will be much harder to gain approval.
  17. What it doesn’t mean is that America’s Internet speeds will start skyrocketing though.
  18. The government would have to offer some sort of incentive for Internet providers to build more infrastructure and increase their Internet footprint for that.
  19. And that’s not very likely.
  20. So for now, Americans will have to settle for our current Internet speeds.
  21. And hope for just a little more government interaction, and a lot more competition.
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