For the best broadband, head northwest. That’s the word from Forbes, which has chosen Seattle as the nation’s most-wired city. The publication’s annual list of top tech towns picks the 30 best U.S. cities for broadband access. The Emerald City earned high marks for its high-speed Internet access and plentiful Wi-Fi hot spots. The fact that it’s home base for tech giants such as Amazon and Microsoft didn’t hurt either.
This year’s top five include Atlanta (last year’s winner) at No. 2, followed by Washington, D.C., Orlando, and Boston, respectively. Forbes also named D.C. the “wired city to watch,” thanks primarily to the arrival of BlackBerry-loving President Obama.
Despite its reputation as a hotbed of tech, California didn’t land a single city in the top 10. San Francisco came in at No. 11, a significant fall from last year’s No. 4 ranking. While the City by the Bay is tops in broadband adoption — a good indication of a Net-savvy citizenry — it has relatively few Wi-Fi hotspots or companies providing high-speed Internet access, Forbes reports. San Diego, Los Angeles, and Sacramento were ranked No. 12, 13, and 19, respectively.