America's internet speeds rank 31st worldwide

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The United States is home to some of the biggest, most influential tech companies in the world. Homegrown giants like Apple, Google, and Microsoft have revolutionized personal computing and mobile technology across the globe, making America not only a leader, but also a forerunner in advancing the way in which we all connect and communicate online.

But you wouldn't know it by looking at how shamefully slow our internet speeds are.

According to a new study by Speedtest.net, the U.S. ranks an embarrassing 31st in the world in terms of average download speeds. At 20.77 megabits per second (Mbps), America falls behind countries like Estonia, Hungary, and Uruguay. And considering the average download speed across the globe is 16.20 Mbps, we are only a handful of spots away from ranking below average.

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