Vermont has fourth slowest Internet service in nation: PCMag.com

first_imgTime is Money: PCMag.com Names the Fastest ISPs in AmericaVermont ranked fourth slowestNew York, NY (December 2, 2008)-In a world where time equals money, slow Internet connections have real-life business and quality-of-life implications. Fiber optic connections have proven themselves the fastest way online, but they’re still rare-and expensive. Which Internet service providers (ISPs) offer the fastest broadband? And in which state? After conducting over 200,000 individual tests as part of its third annual study, PCMag.com found that Verizon’s FiOS fiber-optic connections are indeed the fastest overall service, and Cablevision’s Optimum Online proved itself the fastest cable ISP in the United States. Likewise, Nevada, Virginia, and Pennsylvania are home to the fastest surf speeds-the full state ranking is below. PCMag.com’s “Best ISPs in America” list hits PCMag.com on December 2.To uncover the nation’s best ISPs, PCMag utilized the custom-designed SurfSpeed application (a utility that grabs pages from several popular Web sites to measure actual Internet surfing speed) and pored through data from over 17,000 profiles (that is, unique IP addresses).Cable vs. DSL: DSL and cable lines were for a time synonymous in people’s minds, but cable has clearly taken off in terms of sheer speed. Cable connections are 47 percent faster than DSLs. Cablevision’s Optimum Online tops the list, with an average nationwide SurfSpeed of 839 Kbps. And 61 percent of users declared themselves satisfied with the service. Even the slowest cable service provider (Earthlink, averaging 565 Kbps) was faster than some DSL providers, from CenturyTel at 520 Kbps down to Alltell’s measly 357. FrontierNet is the fastest DSL provider in the nation, averaging SufSpeeds of 724 Kbps. And, perhaps most importantly, just 27 percent of DSL users reported themselves satisfied.State by State: Analyzing regions offers insight and challenges, but the region with the fastest Internet service-the West-is just 14 Kbps faster than the slowest, the South at 551 Kbps. The difference between states, on the other hand, is shocking, with No. 1 Nevada offering residents Internet more than twice as fast as bottom-ranked New Mexico.The PCMag Fastest ISPs in America 2008 – State Ranking:RankingStateSurfSpeed (Kbps)1Nevada7812Virginia7653Pennsylvania7474New Jersey7275Connecticut7166New York7147Nebraska7078Oklahoma6959Massachusetts69510Maryland69111Illinois68112Georgia67913California66614Oregon66515Delaware64616Washington62517New Hampshire61518Minnesota60919Texas60520Ohio60021North Dakota59322Colorado56423Florida56224South Dakota56025Alabama55626Kentucky54727Michigan54428Missouri53929North Carolina53430Kansas52831Indiana52432Utah51733Rhode Island51634Arizona50535Tennessee47436Louisiana47037Idaho46138South Carolina45739Montana45540Maine42741West Virginia41742Mississippi41343Alaska40244Arkansas40245Wisconsin40246Iowa39847Vermont39148Wyoming37949Hawaii37850New Mexico322National avg557About the PCMag Digital NetworkThe PCMag Digital Network (www.PCMag.com(link is external)) is one of the world’s best-known publishers of leading technology-based digital content products. Its flagship property, PCMag.com, delivers comprehensive labs-based product reviews and the world-renowned PCMag Editors’ Choice Awards, the most trusted buying recommendations for technology products and services across the globe.Reaching more than seven million highly engaged technology buyers and influencers, PCMag Digital Network provides contextual marketing solutions that drive results. Brands within the Network also include ExtremeTech, Gearlog, Appscout, Smart Device Central, GoodCleanTech, DL.TV, Cranky Geeks, and PCMagCast. The Network’s content is delivered worldwide to readers across a multiple platform of Web sites, e-newsletters, Webcasts, broadband video, software downloads and RSS feeds to users in more than 20 countries.# # #last_img


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