BroadbandNow’s quarterly The State of Broadband in America study for the third quarter of this year further advocates for a new definition for broadband internet – increasing download speeds to 100 Mbps and upload speeds to 25 Mbps – by highlighting the state’s with the most and least access to those level of speeds.
Currently, and it hasn’t changed since 2015, the FCC definition of broadband internet is a minimum of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload speeds. BroadbandNow’s report finds the top five states with access to 100 Mbps/25 Mbps all reside in the Northeast.
Ranked from highest rate are Washington, D.C., Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware and New York. Meanwhile, the bottom five states, which includes a Northeastern state, ranked from the lowest rate are Montana, Wyoming, Maine, South Carolina and Alabama.
“There’s no denying an increasingly digital economy in the US, let alone globally,” said Tyler Cooper, editor-in-chief of BroadbandNow. “Now, more than ever, we have to close the massive gaps in connectivity to the internet and it begins by setting a new gold standard.”