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Americans Pay High Rates for Low Internet Speeds

Written by: Communicator StaffOctober 31, 2014

Sean Godfroy

A recent study by the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation examined the cost and speed of internet connections in over two dozen of the world’s greatest cities. The study discovered that Americans pay inordinately high rates for internet speeds that are inferior to cheaper foreign connections. Cities like Seoul in South Korea as well as Tokyo and Hong Kong can get speeds of up to 1000 megabits per second for $30, $37 and $39 a month, respectively. By comparison, the average U.S. connection speed is 9.8 megabits per second. Cities like New York City, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. can get as many as 500 megabits a second, but these plans cost roughly $300 a month. The study points out that the U.S. lags behind in terms of price and performance of internet connection.