Think the internet in your house is fast? If you live in the United States, think again – it turns out that internet speeds in the US rank 11th in the world, with average download speeds clocking in at less than 50% the speeds in countries like Hong Kong, Andorra and Singapore! Not only that, but people in the States pay more per month than people in many other countries, even for considerably slower speeds.
Worst of all, 10% of people don’t even have access to basic broadband – a problem that may not be going away soon. According to one provider, the cost of upgrading capacity ($750,000 for a new DSL terminal, for instance) is simply not worth it if there aren’t enough subscribers. Unfortunately, internet access is becoming more and more important, providing opportunities for a good education and job applications.
This infographic shows more statistics about how the US sizes up with the rest of the world in terms of internet speeds and cost, while outlining some of the major problems behind slow, expensive internet, as well as how to fix them. Love your internet service? Hate it? Sound off in the comments below!