just read this on tourbus... If this was an Olympic sport, Uncle Sam's team wouldn't even make the top ten, with an average of 10.5 Mbps. South Korea takes the gold medal in average Internet speed, with a very impressive 23.6 Mbps average. Japan, a distant second at 14.6 Mbps takes silver, and Hong Kong gets bronze with 13.3 Mbps. (The global average is 3.9Mbps.) If your home country appears in the Top Ten shown below, give yourself a pat on the back and download a detailed map of the universe to celebrate. South Korea 23.6 Mbps Japan 14.6 Mbps Hong Kong 13.3 Mbps Switzerland 12.7 Mbps Netherlands 12.4 Mbps Latvia 12.0 Mbps Sweden 11.6 Mbps Czech Republic 11.2 Mbps Finland 10.7 Mbps Ireland 10.7 Mbps It doesn't matter if you have a 40 Mbps connection to your ISP's router, half a mile away, if the data between you and the web server is moving at less than 15 Mbps. The lesson is that if you can save money by buying a lower maximum speed from your ISP, do so. Just make sure it's at least as fast as your area's average speed. Take into account multiple simultaneous users in your home or office, too. You can read the entire Akamai State of the Internet report at http://www.akamai.com/dl/akamai/akamai-soti-q114.pdf to see the complete list of U.S. States ranked by average speed, and some other interesting tidbits.