The Country’s 25 Fastest Internet Connections

Got the need for speed? Then you might want to move to Nassau County, N.Y. The New York City suburban area boasts the country’s fastest broadband, according to speed and carrier data generated by ID Insight’s Broadband Scout database. It shows Nassau County to have a median download speed of 15 megabits per second and a median upload speed of 4.4 megabits per second. Two more New York City-area counties made the top 25 as well – Richmond (No. 6) and Suffolk (No. 22). Putnam County in Upstate New York came in at No. 3.

OK, say you live nowhere near the Northeast. You might choose to move to the Pacific Northwest. Oregon and Washington are home to seven of the top 25 counties on the list.

The smallest of the 50 states, Rhode Island, can claim four spots.

Here’s the entire list:

  1. Nassau County, N.Y.
  2. Kent County, R.I.
  3. Putnam County, N.Y.
  4. Benton County, Ore.
  5. Mercer County, N.J.
  6. Richmond County, N.Y.
  7. Delaware County, Ind.
  8. Snohomish County, Wash.
  9. Thurston County, Wash.
  10. Frederick County, Va.
  11. Washington County, R.I.
  12. Arlington County, Va.
  13. Yamhill County, Ore.
  14. Providence County, R.I.
  15. Calvert County, Md.
  16. Bristol County, R.I.
  17. Multnomah County, Ore.
  18. Chester County, Pa.
  19. Washington County, Ore.
  20. Salem County, N.J.
  21. Allen County, Ind.
  22. Suffolk County, N.Y.
  23. Ramsey County, Minn.
  24. Island County, Wash.
  25. Howard County, Md.

“We thought it was vital to create the Fastest 25 list because you can look most anywhere and hear about how much speed is available, but that’s not the only point,” says ID Insight president Adam Elliott. “It is also critical to understand how much of this available speed is actually being consumed. The Fastest 25 list ranks the counties that have done the hard work to deliver higher speeds, and are embracing the benefits that can be realized by transacting at higher speeds. Their residents are using these services to improve their everyday lives and their business processes. We’d like to congratulate those counties that made our inaugural Fastest 25 list.”

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