Oklahomans, your Internet may be faster than it was last year, but — on average — it’s among the slowest in the nation.
Oklahoma’s average Internet speed was ranked 35th among the 50 states and District of Columbia, according to numbers recently released. The rankings were produced by Broadview Networks, which analyzed data in Akamai’s “State of the Internet” report.
Virginia had the fastest average connections in the first quarter of 2014 at 13.7 megabits per second. Oklahoma’s average connection was 8.9 megabits per second.
Among surrounding states, Oklahoma’s average speed trailed those of Colorado, (9.7 mbps) and Texas (9.4), but ranked ahead of Kansas (8.6), New Mexico (7.6) and Arkansas (7.3). Internet speeds in the Southwest and South tended to lag behind those in the Northeast and Pacific Coast.
The average speed at which Oklahomans can access the Internet has improved 30 percent over the past year, and gained more than 8 percent from the end of 2013 to the end of the first quarter of 2014, according to the report.
Oklahoma’s average Internet speed is roughly comparable with that of the United Kingdom, the Akamai data showed. Globally, average Internet speeds topped out in South Korea at 23.6 megabits per second.
The U.S. average was 11.1 megabits per second. Alaska was slowest at 7 megabits per second.
Individual Internet speeds are affected by which web service firm provides the service and the type of connection.