Internet Speeds: USA vs. The Rest of the World

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January 20, 2023

How do you think Internet speeds in the USA compare to the rest of the world? Here’s a better question: how do you think your Internet speeds compare to the rest of the world?

The United States is climbing the global ranking for Internet speeds. Still, many of its communities have been left behind—only having access to Internet service that doesn’t even meet broadband standards.

Do you live in one of these communities? If you do, you might also be feeling left out as the rest of the USA gets faster and faster Internet speeds.

How is this possible, and what can we do about it?

USA’s Internet Speed Compared to Other Countries

In 2013 the United States had an average download speed of 31 Mbps and was ranked 25th globally in average broadband Internet speed. Over the last ten years, the USA has made strides in Internet service.

Speedtest.net reported the USA's average download Internet speed in 2022 as 256.03 Mbps—more than eight times faster than in 2013—and our latest global rank at 12th.  

The same report also named the United States the 7th fastest median speed at 192.12 Mbps. So which countries have faster Internet than we do, and which is the country with the fastest?

Check out this breakdown of the average and median Internet speed by country from Speedtest.net’s study.

The ranking for median (left) and average (right) download speeds. Speedtest.net

Much of the improvement we’ve seen in Internet speeds was due to fiber-optic infrastructure being installed throughout the country—especially in larger cities. 43% of Americans now have access to Fiber Internet, says a study by the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA).

How does your Internet measure up? You can compare your Internet speeds to the national and global average (75.18 Mbps download speed and 32.52 upload speed)!

Test your Internet speed below to see how it stacks up against the rest of the world. Check out a quick guide on how to run a speed test.

Test your Internet speed.

If you're disappointed with your download and upload speeds, there’s a chance you share the same problem as many other people throughout the US.

Speed Inequality in the USA

While the United States’ nationwide median and average Internet connection speeds have improved, many communities still don’t have access to those faster speeds. The FCC estimates that roughly 14.5 million Americans don’t have Internet speeds that reach the 25 Mbps standard for broadband speed.

Worse still, data analysis done by Microsoft revealed that about 120.4 million Americans aren’t using speeds that reach 25 Mbps. That means one-third of all Americans are not using broadband Internet. That problem is prevalent in the state of Texas, as well.

Millions of Texans, especially those in smaller or rural towns, don’t have access or subscriptions to broadband Internet plans—even more don’t have access to the speed or reliability that today’s Internet use requires.

Closing the Gap

It’s no surprise that we can attribute the United States’ faster Internet speeds to more fiber-optic connections. Fiber Internet has a lot to offer, including the fastest Internet speeds available.

That’s why Tachus Fiber Internet’s mission is to bring that same fast, reliable, and future-proof connection to communities in Texas that previously lacked access to acceptable Internet service.

We are bridging the digital divide in our state by bringing communities 100% fiber-to-the-home Internet that offers speed and reliability, local and honest customer service, and lifetime pricing without contracts or extra fees.

Is your community not getting the Internet speeds it deserves? It’s time to bring Tachus to your area so you can work, stream on multiple devices, get on video calls, and enjoy unlimited online gaming without interruptions, data caps, or throttling.

Enter your address and information here to request service and get your neighbors to do the same.

Want to learn more about how to bring Tachus Fiber Internet into your neighborhood? Check out our guide to get started.

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