Minnesota doesn’t rank on Akamai reports – again; US not the tops either

Akamai reports quarterly on the “State of the Internet.” They have been publishing reports for seven years. It’s a good benchmark on what’s happening with broadband around the world. This year they started tracking “4K Readiness,” which refers to ultra high definition TV. That’s a sign that ultra HD is hitting some sort of critical mass of users – or at least readiness. The report is also a standard for tracking where in the world we stand in terms of broadband availability and adoption.

Back in Q3 2010, Minnesota made the lists. That’s the last time I saw them on the list. Back then we ranked in the following areas:

  • MN is #10 in Average Measured Connection Speed by State
  • St Paul is #7 in Average Measured Connection Speed, Top US Cities by Speed

I’ll include some state rankings, but Minnesota no longer shows up at all – and we haven’t in years!

 akamai states

The US is not sitting pretty either. Here’s where we don’t show up:

  • Top Average Connection Speed by Country
  • Top Average Peak Connection Speed by Country
  • Percentage of Users with better than 4 Mbps Connectivity
  • Percentage of Users who are 4 K Ready

 Here’s where we rank:

akamai us

The US does rank well when compared to other counties in the Americas but looking globally is more important.

And one fun chart from the report that’s more a commentary on the State of the Internet, the chart on mobile growth…

akamai mobile


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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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