College Campuses Have the Fastest Internet Connections

computerThere is nothing more annoying than a slow Internet connection. I hate when it takes more than 15 seconds to load the website I’m trying to view; I don’t even bother with dial-up connections. If you are like me and detest slow broadband speeds, maybe you should move to Berkeley, California.

According to the most recent report by Akamai Technologies, Berkeley has the fastest average Internet speeds on the planet. Surprisingly, three locations in the country topped the list, above South Korea and Japan.

The fastest location is Berkeley, with an average speed of 18.7 Mbps. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill came in second with an average speed of 17.5 Mbps, and Stanford University rounded off the top three with an average speed of 13.6 Mbps.

What do these three locations have in common? Each is home to a major research university. Akamai said that the reason these cities have such fast Internet speeds is probably based off the “connections these university and college campuses have to the Internet, as opposed to particularly high-speed consumer broadband services available to local residents.”

So, if you are picking a place to live and Internet speed is important to you, then this list is not really that helpful.

However, if you are applying for colleges and have a need for speed, you should consider attending Berkeley, Chapel Hill, or Stanford.

Via Digg








4 Responses to “College Campuses Have the Fastest Internet Connections”

  1. Roger says:

    I second the Drexel poster. These measly 20 mbs below “average” speeds are just a disappointment to the SUSTAINED 800 mbs+ speeds Drexel students enjoy. The speed is fast enough that most servers cannot output speeds this fast. Steam’s fastest possible download while I tried was around 80 mb/s.

  2. Jon says:

    I contently see this posted and the facts are definitely wrong. I have personally tested Drexel University internet speed and with a wired connection i received a 1gb upload and download speed and over WiFi i was reeving 720mbs download and 690 upload so let see Buckely or Chapel Hill beat that

  3. uha1 says:

    The company who carried out the survey is either biased or wrong. We recently carried out an experiment at University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus.
    Average wireless connection speed was 20.98 Mb/s and Ethernet was around 70 Mb/s.


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