U.S. Ranks Lowly 8th in Global Internet Race: Sweden #1

Further evidence that Yale Law Professor Susan P. Crawford is right about a telecom monopoly in North America that is throttling the Internet and endangering our economic competitiveness. Read Ms. Crawford’s book, “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.” Professor Crawford is also being promoted to succeed Julius Genachowski, as FCC Chairman. I wholeheartedly endorse her.



Sweden was the first country to launch an LTE network, and it retains plenty of bragging rights. According to a study by U.K. network-testing firm OpenSignal, Sweden has the fastest 4G networks in the world, averaging download speeds of 22.1 Mbps.

The U.S. was the second country to deliver commercial LTE networks on the world stage, but it ranks far lower in terms of 4G bandwidth delivered. OpenSignal found that networks in Hong Kong, Denmark, Canada, Australia, South Korea and Germany all performed better. The U.S. placed eighth, averaging downlink speeds of 9.6 Mbps.

OpenSignal global LTE speeds

Why the low scores? It probably has to do with the configuration of U.S. carriers’ networks. While most operators around the world secured 40 MHz of spectrum with which to launch their new 4G networks, U.S. carriers have been working with smaller swatches of airwaves. Verizon(s vz)(s vod) and AT&T(s t) are using 20…

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