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It’s good to know that smart people are trying to fix the deplorable lack of speed that passes for broadband in the States. Insight Communications is quietly testing a download service in Louisville, KY that is five times faster than anything currently available to consumers, according to Scott Sloan writing in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Those blazing speeds might be as fast as 100 Mbps, the story said. According to, the averageethernet-plug top download speed in the United States is 6,213 kbps, with Delaware and Washington among the states that average significantly better than that. California’s not even in the top ten – especially not my city.

Let’s remember that reports the country with the fastest average broadband is Japan at 16,800 at kbps, followed by Lithuania at 11,215 kbps, South Korea at 11,128 kbps, and Sweden at 10,430 kbps. By the way, the article also claims Insight’s top speed is 20 Mbps; Speedtest clocks their average in Lexington at 8,684 kbps.


Written by chris

November 15, 2008 at 12:02 am

Posted in Internet

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