7 thoughts on “The State of the Internet: Now Bigger, Faster & Mobile”

  1. Very interesting data.
    What I find most curious across this and your related article is how US college towns (e.g. Berekely, Ann Arbor, Chapel Hill) have some of the fastest overall speeds. Obviously, there’s a high proportion of younger people.

    Yet from a nation-level, many of the nations that dominate have an older (and aging) population.

    Either way, whenever and wherever faster speeds are available, they are put to use.

  2. The college towns (i.e. Berkeley) are heavily skewed by ultra-fast residential dorm connections (i.e. rescomp here at Berkeley gets at least 40 Mbps constantly and bursts to 60 and up). Suffice it to say that the surrounding areas are nowhere close – my AT&T connection off campus gets 3/512k, if I’m lucky, which is more than twice as fast as the apartment’s shared T1 connection. The data does not make this bimodal distribution clear.

  3. Oh, and also don’t forget the transfer caps. Virtually all college campuses have them; with a 8GB/week transfer cap, you can use the connection at max speed for 17 whole minutes before it gets automatically terminated for the week. Comcast’s 250GB/month seems impossibly generous by comparison.

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