At 11 megabits-per-second speeds, a user could download a three-minute song in just seconds and a two-hour high-definition movie in less than 40 minutes. A Netflix subscriber can easily stream a movie without the need for the video to stop and buffer.
Also according to the report, the average peak connection speed in Utah is 41.9 megabits per second, the 10th fastest in the country. District of Columbia was first with 47.2 megabits, followed by Vermont with 47.1 megabits.
Tara Thue, project manager for the State of Utah Broadband Project, which is charged with the deployment of high-speed Internet in the state, said the main reason for Utah's fast speeds may be because the state's rural areas are ahead of other states in terms of broadband accessibility."It isn't common, especially in states of this size, to have a lot of rural service," she said. "We we're kind of early adopters for high tech services in rural areas."
While Utah may have one of the fastest broadband connections in the country, there are not as many people who take advantage of it, according to the Akamai report. The state didn't break the top 10 in the number of those with broadband connections above 4 megabits per second. In New Hampshire, 90 percent of the residents have access to connections above 4 megabits, the highest in the country.
But Utah's growth in Internet speeds is consistent with its growth in the technology sector. Last year, Forbes ranked Salt Lake City the fourth best city in the country for tech jobs. Meanwhile, UTOPIA, the municipal fiber-optic Internet network run by 11 northern Utah cities from Tremonton to Payson, has one of the fastest networks in the country with speeds up to 1 gigabit, or more than 1,000 megabits per second.
Earlier this year, search engine giant Google announced that Provo would be the third metropolitan area in the country to get its Google Fiber high-speed network, which also will offer up to more 1-gigabit speeds to consumers. Kansas City and Austin, Texas, are the other two cities to get the service.
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