Worst Internet Connection in the US

Worst Internet Connection in the US

Researchers at M-Lab have released a report detailing the worst internet connections in the country.

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Do you think your Internet is slow? That’s nothing compared to what these folks are going through.

If you live in Chicago, and try to connect via AT&T (T, Tech30) from 4 p.m to 11 p.m., speeds for certain websites and Internet services are basically like dial-up in the 1990s.

There are a handful of other examples from researchers at M-Lab, which provides tools to assess Internet performance. In some cases, Internet speeds can be as slow as 0.5 Megabits per second.

Take Seattle, where CenturyLink (CTL) customers trying to access particular sites from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. will have unbearably slow speeds. New York’s Time Warner Cable (TWC) customers from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Verizon customers from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. speeds are so slow that they can’t access certain sites and services.

The same goes for Verizon (VZ, Tech30) customers in Washington trying to access particular sites at either 7 p.m. or 10 p.m.

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20 thoughts on “Worst Internet Connection in the US”

  1. The big carriers all pretty much suck, and they don’t care… Here in Colorado, we used and dumped Peak Internet ‘cuz they could not deliver on the promised speeds. Centurylink ( used to be Qwest but they changed their name after the CEO was sent to jail) is equally as inconsistent. We now use Skybeam/Rise wireless Internet (rural ISP, only option) and they are oversubscribed, have antiquated towers/equipment, can’t deliver the speeds they charge for, have constant interruptions of service, and generally don’t give a damn because they are the only option in many cases for rural resident’s…

  2. here in mcfalls maine we have airpoint and it sucks, I can only get on in the morning and after 4pm internet is nonexistent. I had twc but the price jumped from 30+ dollars to 60 dollars per month. so I went back to fairpoint and its 39 dollars per month. the reason fairpoint gave me was congestion on the net and that will not fly with me. it looks like I will go back to twc.

  3. Romania has one of the best internal infrastructues in Europe. I believe nearly all internal speeds are at LEAST 1 gbps , some even 10 Gbps ! i think Romania to outside is average though . If you get slow speeds in Romania then something is wrong and id be furious about it ! 🙁

  4. Come to Maple Lake MN and test the speed – those cities are blazing fast compared to the Windstream garbage we have here. Let's not forget the outages for up to 5 days at a time or speeds of .75 mbps down and .25 up.

  5. In NJ Verizon touts their HIGH SPEED Internet (DSL) but the best I can get is .9mbps

    That’s $39.99/mo NOT UPGRADEABLE

  6. I dumped at&t last year. It was terrible. The service from AT&T was even worse. I just tested Exede/Blue Dish. 4.97 download mbps-4.53 mbps up load. ever now and then a stom may cross my path but never down for more than a couple of minutes. slightly more expensive but it works when I need it. I also essentially dumped microsoft but now use Ubuntu and XP Pro on split system. If I can set it up anyone can. Ubuntu is a free system and you will not have Msoft continually pushing you to change to a newer system or cancelling existing program service.

  7. Thanks for the reminder. I live in Cicago and have AT&T. There service was good until they introduced their U-verse. I refused to upgrade from my HS DSL and within a week everything slowed down. From what I have heard the U-verse is even WORSE but it is faster when it is working at all. I do believe that your article is very accurate.

    1. @Alan – If you don’t subscribe to Uverse, you become a second rate citizen with ATT. They give preferential treatment to those Uverse customers because they spend more with them.

  8. The only service we can get here is Hughesnet. We have one of the most expensive packages and it’s only 20gb per month, with another 20gb between 2 – 8am. Try that with four computers in the house. HN is always 10 years behind real world usage.

  9. I take everything back I have said about Indonesian Internet services and can only sympathize with the ‘victims’ in this article.

  10. Guys i feel sorry for you , i`m Turda district CLUJ / Romania and i can say that we had this slow speeds (0.5mbps) in 2006-2007 since then the internet speed in all Romania is very high, i think the slowest option that you can have for home is 30 or 50Mbps and most of the time is the real speed from what i know(i didn`t saw slower), the maximum for home use is 1Gbps.
    I have a 100mbps contract with NextGen and most of the time i can download with 11-12,5 MB

  11. In North Bay (Pop. 55,000), Ontario, Canada: Bell Fibre Op has been waving their High Speed Billboard Ads in our faces for well over a year now. Yet, we're still stuck with the same two lousy sub 5 Mbps download speed options that we've had for the past decade, or more!

    Fortunately, a few years back, we opted for a better Cable plan with an actual Canadian competitor! I feel sorry for those who live in cities where Bell & Rogers are the only two available options!

  12. access to internet should be open at constant speed. the more the speed the faster you go and finish your staff and get out. even if its business but accessing internet has little recurrent input apart from power and human labor.

  13. You folks should try Delvivi,a subsidiary of Liberty Cable. Plenty of times,especially weekends, it drops to ZERO for hours. They have improved but 0.1mgb is common.

  14. Don’t be fooled by “net neutrality”. Net neutrality in and of itself is a good thing, but there is no examples of abuse which would demand something be done.

    Unfortunately, every single bill that has been proposed which call themselves “net neutrality” bills, also give the government full content control over the internet. That is not necessary and is the real agenda.

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