The Internet connectivity in the U.S. showed strong positive growth in the fourth quarter of 2014, as shown by Akamai's Internet connectivity metrics. These metrics include: average connection speed, average peak connection speed, broadband adoption, high broadband adoption, and 4K readiness. For additional insight into the metrics, refer to the State of the Internet Metrics: What Do They Mean? blog post.
Average connection speeds increased across all 50 states and the District of Columbia states compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. Missouri had the largest annual growth at 37 percent (to 9.8 Mbps), while New Hampshire and New Mexico had the smallest increases at 5.4 percent (to 12.5 Mbps and 7.9 Mbps, respectively). Alaska remained the state with the lowest average connection speed in the fourth quarter, despite a 15 percent year-over-year increase (to 7.4 Mbps).
Average peak connection speeds had similar positive annual growth rates. Across the country all but five states had higher average peak connection speeds compared with the previous year. Growth rates ranged from Washington's 0.6 percent increase (to 57.8 Mbps) to Missouri's 47 percent jump (to 49.1 Mbps). Of those states that had losses, New Hampshire's 6.3 percent decline (to 53.1 Mbps) was the largest. Arkansas' 6.2 percent quarterly increase (to 35.1 Mbps) bucked the trend observed in the previous quarter, no longer having the lowest average peak connection speed in the country. Despite its 3.0 percent increase (to 34.0 Mbps), Kentucky replaced Arkansas at the bottom of the list.
High broadband adoption increased across the country, led by Montana's 91 percent annual growth (to 33 percent). With the exception of two states, every state experienced double-digit yearly growth in high broadband adoption rates. New Jersey had the smallest increase in the country with 6.8 percent year-over-year growth. Arkansas remained the state with the lowest level of high broadband adoption with a 22 percent rate, following a 49 percent annual increase.
Broadband adoption increased across the country in every state except Louisiana, which had a negligible year-over-year decline of 0.3 percent (to 70 percent). State-wide increases ranged from New Hampshire's 0.2 percent growth to Montana's 16 percent climb. For the fifth consecutive quarter, West Virginia remained the state with the lowest broadband adoption rate, with 58 percent of its connections to Akamai at broadband speeds, following a 4.6 percent annual increase.
4K readiness rates grew significantly across the U.S., with rates increasing by more than 50 percent in 29 states. Montana led the country with a staggering 132 percent gain (to 13 percent) year-over-year. New Mexico had the smallest yearly growth rate at 9.3 percent. Alaska remained the state with the lowest 4K readiness rate, despite its 46 percent year-over-year increase (to 7.0 percent).
For metrics on every state download the Fourth Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report.
*For the purposes of the report, the District of Columbia is treated as a state.