The download speeds of American Internet users

A recent report by the FCC has highlighted the “extremely slow Internet speeds” American users experience – speeds which many South Africans can only dream of.

The report, as covered by Ars Technica, stated that around 47.5 million home or business Internet connections did not provide download speeds of over 25Mbps – the FCC’s standard for broadband.

Residential and business Internet download speeds were split as follows in the report:

  • 22.4 million connections – less than 10Mbps
  • 25.1 million connections – 10Mbps to 25Mbps
  • 54.7 million connections – 25Mbps and above

“These are the advertised speeds, not the actual speeds consumers receive. Some customers will end up with slower speeds than what they pay for,” stated Ars Technica.

For comparison, Akamai’s Q2 2016 State of the Internet report showed that South Africa recorded an average broadband download speed of 5.6Mbps – lower than the global average of 6.1Mbps.

The FCC chart below breaks down the speed categories in more detail.


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The download speeds of American Internet users