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U.S. States With The Fastest Internet

by Colaborador EMedia

By Frank Moraes

The COVID-19 pandemic brought into focus an indisputable fact about the US today: access to quality internet service is key to full participation in society and the economy. As workplaces and schools moved online and households increasingly relied on internet-enabled services like ecommerce and streaming platforms, those with good internet service were better able to manage the transition than those without.

Internet Inequality

But inequitable access to high-speed internet has been an issue for much longer than the last two years. Policymakers and business leaders — especially those from low-income and rural communities — have long advocated for increased investment in broadband infrastructure to unlock greater economic opportunities in underprivileged areas. These efforts, along with the access issues raised during the pandemic, have inspired major action over the last two years. Federal COVID relief legislation like the CARES Act and American Rescue Plan included funds to support broadband expansion. And a $65 billion investment in broadband was one of the major components of the bipartisan infrastructure package signed into law last November.

Growth of Internet Use

The importance of connecting more Americans has grown as the internet has become a more ubiquitous part of society and the economy over time. Beginning in the 1990s, the internet moved from primarily government and academic uses to application for communications, business, and other wide-ranging uses. By 2000, just over half of US adults reported using the internet in some capacity. And innovations like ecommerce and smartphones encouraged even greater adoption in the two decades since. Today, 93% of American adults report using the internet, according to a recent survey by Pew Research Center.

Digital Divide

While internet use is certainly common, some populations and parts of the country may face greater barriers to reliable internet access. Experts refer to a “digital divide” between those who have reliable access to internet technologies and those who do not. Low income, rural, and minority households all tend to have less access to quality internet service and related technologies. In some cases, these households cannot afford the cost of service. But in others, internet providers may not service their communities at all for financial or logistical reasons.

State Rank Average download speed (Mbps) Average download speed (compared to average) Percentage of households with broadband internet Percentage of households with a desktop or laptop computer
Delaware 1 145.8 22.5% faster 75.4% 78.2%
New Jersey 2 144.7 21.6% faster 77.6% 82.1%
Maryland 3 144.3 21.2% faster 76.5% 83.3%
Virginia 4 139.6 17.3% faster 71.0% 80.6%
Massachusetts 5 138.1 16.0% faster 78.7% 82.2%
Rhode Island 6 134.5 13.0% faster 75.0% 78.1%
Texas 7 133.7 12.3% faster 66.8% 76.3%
California 8 131.0 10.1% faster 75.2% 82.8%
Georgia 9 128.0 7.5% faster 69.3% 77.7%
Florida 10 127.8 7.4% faster 72.1% 80.2%
New Hampshire 11 127.7 7.3% faster 79.9% 84.5%
Colorado 12 125.0 5.0% faster 76.2% 85.0%
Washington 13 124.3 4.5% faster 77.7% 84.9%
Illinois 14 122.8 3.2% faster 70.3% 78.1%
New York 15 121.8 2.3% faster 73.4% 78.6%
United States 119.0 N/A 70.3% 78.3%

For more information, a detailed methodology, and complete results, you can find the original report on HotDog.com’s 

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