SALT LAKE CITY — When it comes to the Internet, Utah has maintained its top spot as the fastest state in the West, and it ranks 8th worldwide for fastest average speeds.
That's according to a report from Akamai, a content delivery network based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
According to the company’s State of the Internet Report for the fourth quarter of 2015, Utah currently ranks 5th in the United States for average speeds with 17.9 megabits per second.
When compared internationally, the fastest states in the union fare well against other countries around the world. South Korea takes the top spot with 26.7 Mbps, while the District of Columbia comes in second at 21.3 Mbps. The next fastest areas are split evenly between international regions and stateside, with five nations and five states rounding out the top 10.
Utah’s average speeds have improved by more than 10 percent, as the state’s third quarter average speed was reported as 16.2 Mbps. All top 10 states, including the District of Columbia, saw increases in average speeds.
Currently, no states in the union have average speeds that meet the Federal Communications Commission’s new 25 Mbps broadband threshold.