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Top 10 countries ranked by Internet speeds: You'll never guess which is fastest, or where the U.S. is

Top 10 countries ranked by Internet speeds: You'll never guess which is fastest, or where the U.S. is
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The U.S. is the best country in the world for a lot of reasons, but Internet access isn't one of them. Our average broadband speeds lag behind a lot of other countries, and we pay more for it than most.

Every year, a company called Akamai Technologies ranks the average Internet speed of countries around the world. So, which countries made the top 10 this year?

Before I tell you that, I should get the bad news out of the way. The U.S. wasn't in the top 10. In fact, we came in at just number 17.

Part of the reason for our poor showing is just geographical. In the Mountain and Central regions of the U.S., we have tons of little communities surrounded by dozens of miles of wide open space. Running the cable or fiber needed for fast Internet is a major undertaking. That's why many have slower satellite connectors or even dial up.

You'll notice that most of the countries on the top 10 list are smaller or the population is very concentrated.

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