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The Top 10 Cities With the Best Broadband

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The company behind the broadband speed testing site is ready to go beyond testing broadband quality and into the data game. Seattle-based Ookla has introduced a broadband index that tabulates results from the more than 1 million speed tests done each day around the world. It’s found that the average global broadband speed is 7.69 Mbps while the U.S. speeds average out at 10.12 Mbps.

Mike Apgar, co-founder and managing partner of three-year-old Ookla, said the indexes will measure broadband speeds, ping times and jitter. His goal is to move the testing beyond the tech-savvy market (we use it!), so as to get a better sense of how broadband speeds really play out across the world. The FCC is encouraging consumers to use the sites (Ookla also runs a site that tests jitter and packet loss at as part of its nationwide testing goals, and many of Ookla’s ISP customers also offer the test to their customers and host Ookla’s servers.

Providing tests for ISPs is actually most of Ookla’s business. The next plank of the business strategy is the index data: Ookla hopes to provide the information for free to academic researchers, but it also plans to charge ISPs, analysts and governments for it. Ookla has no debt or venture capital, and is profitable.

The company also today released a list of the top worldwide and U.S. cities based on their broadband speeds. It measured only cities with more than 75,000 people connecting for more than three months using a 30-day rolling average. The results are subject to change, and given that no place in the U.S. ranks in the global Top 10 (the first U.S. city is San Jose, which is ranked 18), I hope the results do shift.

Here are the top 10 U.S. cities and their corresponding 30-day average speeds:

  1. San Jose, Calif. 15.02 Mbps
  2. Saint Paul, Minn. 14.53 Mbps
  3. Pittsburgh, Pa. 14.18 Mbps
  4. Oklahoma City, Okla. 12.12 Mbps
  5. Brooklyn, N.Y. 12.10 Mbps
  6. Tampa, Fla. 12.05 Mbps
  7. Bronx, N.Y. 12.01 Mbps
  8. New York, N.Y. 11.85 Mbps
  9. Denver, Colo. 11.68 Mbps
  10. Sacramento, Calif. 11.34 Mbps

The global top 10:

  1. Seoul, South Korea 34.49 Mbps
  2. Riga, Latvia 27.88 Mbps
  3. Hamburg, Germany 26.85 Mbps
  4. Chisinau, Republic of Moldova 24.31 Mbps
  5. Helsinki, Finland 20.58 Mbps Mbps
  6. Stockholm, Sweden 19.97 Mbps
  7. Bucharest, Romania 19.68 Mbps
  8. Sofia, Bulgaria 18.99 Mbps
  9. Kharkov, Ukraine 18.15 Mbps
  10. Kaunas, Lithuania 17.46 Mbps

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6 Responses to “The Top 10 Cities With the Best Broadband”

    • Check your future address on the Verizon FIOS website. FIOS is a terrific Tampa Bay offering — speeds are sweet. Beware lock-in to Brighthouse in some subdivisions.

  1. Population density is not the issue – which is why places like Stockholm, Riga and others you’ve never heard of are topping this list. The key is govt frameworks that promote or even build infrastructure. Let to the market alone it would be far less developed.

    • Janey

      Agreed. I live in a town in north Texas that has about 2,000 people and is full of cow pastures.

      But we have FIOS. I have a 35mbit up/down connection with no caps or throttling or misleading “speedboost” garbage.
      I moved away from the Silicon Valley in California, too. My broadband speeds were awful. Nice to see they’ve improved for some, but Comcast is the dominating broadband provider, complete with speedboost, caps, and throttling. :/

  2. I lived in seoul from 2006-2008. The bandwidth there is crazy. I had a friend who lived about 70km’s away and I would average above 40Mbps throughput to his house. All of the new buildings are being constructed with communication infrastructure in mind. Latency to state side portals was 250-300ms and I couldn’t get more then 7 or 8Mbs but anything in country was great. I realize that they got to stand on everybody’s elses shoulders and get into the business during the 4th,5th etc. generation of networking, but I was also only paying half as much in korea for 100mbps service than in the states for a fraction of the bandwidth. What’s the deal?