The United States still trails a number of other countries around the world in terms of Internet broadband speeds, but the US is making some progress. That's according to the new "State of the Internet' report released today by the cloud-based Internet service Akamai.
The report claims that for the first quarter of 2012, the average broadband speeds for Internet access in the US was set at 6.7 Mbps. That's up 29 percent compared to a year ago and up 17 percent compared to the previous quarter.
Even with these improvements, the US is still rated 12th in the world on the list of Internet broadband speeds. South Korea is still number one with an average speed of 15.7 Mbps, followed by Japan with an 10.7 Mbps average speed and Hong Hong comes in third with 9.3 Mbps.
Recently we have seen the Internet "speed wars" take on a new level in the US, as Verizon FiOS announced a bump up to an upper speed limit of 300 Mbps and Comcast offering a 305 Mbps speed option in some areas.
A few weeks ago, Google gave the first details of its Google Fiber project in Kansas City, which is aiming to give customers speeds of up to 1 Gbps, for both uploads and downloads.