One of America’s central myths is that we lead the world technologically. Anyone who travels out of the country knows how bogus this is and how, in so many ways — roads, bridges, airports, healthcare, education, childcare, life-expectancy, happiness, high speed trains and, yes, internet — Americans live a second world quality of life. This is an excellent assessment of the internet situation and it explains why it has h! appened. Once again monopolistic corporate interests that control the government have blocked the well-being of the many in order to maintain the profit for the few.
Why Is American Internet So Slow?
JOHN AZIZ , Business and Economics Correspondent – The Week
The country that literally invented the internet is now behind Estonia in terms of download speeds
According to a recent study by Ookla Speedtest, the U.S. ranks a shocking 31st in the world in terms of average download speeds. The leaders in the world are Hong Kong at 72.49 Mbps and Singapore on 58.84 Mbps. And America? Averaging speeds of 20.77 Mbps, it falls behind countries like Estonia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Uruguay.
Its upload speeds are even worse. Globally, the U.S. ranks 42nd with an average upload speed of 6.31 Mbps, behind Lesotho, Belarus, Slovenia, and other countries you only hear mentioned on Jeopardy.