Connecticut among top states for household Internet access

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Connecticut is among the top ten states when it comes to the proportion of homes with Internet access, according to the Census Bureau.

About 16 percent of Connecticut respondents to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey reported that they did not have Internet access at home, with about 84 percent reporting some kind of Internet access, with or without a service subscription.

That’s a better rate than all but eight other states.

Among Connecticut’s counties, New Haven had the highest rate of respondents with no Internet access at home: 19.5 percent. That’s right around the national median of 19.9 percent without home Internet access.

High speeds?

Connecticut has relatively high speeds compared with other states, but it did see a decline in Internet speeds recently, according to one report.

The Internet company Akamai, which runs a content delivery network aimed at speeding up access to Internet content and handles a major share of Internet traffic, releases quarterly reports on Internet connectivity. Connecticut earned the distinction of being the only state to see its average peak Internet speed decline, according to the company’s third-quarter 2015 report on internet connectivity. Peak speeds declined 8 percent to 65.3 Mbps from the previous year. The state’s average speeds declined 7.1 percent to 13.9 Mbps.

[Nerd alert: Internet speeds are most often pesented in Megabits per second (or just Mbps) – not Megabytes per second (MBps). On the other hand, digital storage, such as the size of a hard drive, is measured in bytes. A bit is a single binary value, the smallest unit of digital information, and a byte is eight bits.]

The FCC defines broadband as a connection of 25 Mbps for uploads and 3 Mbps for downloads. That was updated in 2015 from 4 Mbps down / 1Mbps up.

Despite the decline, Connecticut has a relatively large share of high-speed connections.

Akamai reported in its fourth-quarter report that 62 percent of Internet connections in Connecticut were 10 Mbps or faster, putting the state at ninth on the list.

No state had an average connection speed that met the new broadband definition. Only one country, South Korea, had average speeds above the threshold, at 26.7 Mbps, according to the most recent Akamai report.

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