New study shows gaping rural-city digital divide
If you live in an affluent, metropolitan city, you get fast download speeds, and you’re much more likely to let your download complete than you friend the country mouse.
Pando Networks released a new study that shows Internet speeds across the country for the past five months. If you live on a coast or in the Mid-Atlantic, you’re making out pretty well. If you’re in the Midwest or in the mountains, good luck to you.
The most striking findings were the core differences between the average speeds on a state-by-state basis. The data indicates that the fastest state was Rhode Island at an average of 894 KBps, which was almost three times faster than the slowest, Idaho, which had a dismal 318KBps.
If you’re in a rural area where the average resident has a low income, you’re more likely to have slow speeds, so slow that when you download something, you just give up before the thing is done downloading.
Marketplace is on a mission.
We believe Main Street matters as much as Wall Street, economic news is made relevant and real through human stories, and a touch of humor helps enliven topics you might typically find…well, dull.
Through the signature style that only Marketplace can deliver, we’re on a mission to raise the economic intelligence of the country—but we don’t do it alone. We count on listeners and readers like you to keep this public service free and accessible to all. Will you become a partner in our mission today?