Where's the Fastest Broadband? It's Not Where You Think

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A report released last week by Web hosting company Akamai Technologies has listed Berkeley, CA as the fastest city according to Internet speeds. Other notable cities on the list included: Chapel Hill, NC, Stanford, CA, Durham, NC, and Ithaca, NY, according to The Daily Californian (UC Berkeley's campus paper).

One obvious distinction these cities share is that they all house a major research university. Akamai realizes the findings are probably skewed because of this, noting that the rankings are likely more representative of campus speeds than local residential broadband.

Basically, these findings are of limited use if you are trying to determine where the best place is to live with the fastest consumer broadband, but they do make it clear that universities enjoy the fastest Internet connections. So if you're hoping for faster Internet speeds, become a student or get a job on campus. At least we know (hope?) the bandwidth is put to good use.

[via The Daily Californian]

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