Today, we learned from our sister blog PRNewser that San Francisco, home to tech startups and close to Silicon Valley, has very slow Internet.
In a study by the Open Technology Institute, San Francisco ranked 20th out of 24 cities for Internet speed, tying with Mexico City, and losing out to Chattanooga, Tenn., Bucharest, Romania and Riga, Latvia. All other U.S. cities in the study had higher speeds than San Francisco. Oh, the irony.
The report found that large U.S. Internet service providers (ISPs), have made improvements in price and speed. Despite these improvements, the U.S. still lags behind Asian cities like Seoul, Hong Kong and Tokyo. According to the report, AT&T, Comcast and Time Warner have made improvements, while Verizon FiOS’ service did not make any significant changes this year.
Interestingly, large U.S. cities like Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C. lagged behind some of the rural cities because of new, publicly-owned networks. While smaller, rural towns have traditionally lacked this kind of infrastructure, “recently, many of these local communities have similarly taken broadband investment into their own hands,” reads the report.
Chattanooga, Tenn., Bristol, Va. and Lafayette, La… now offer some of the fastest and most affordable high-speed residential products available in the country, despite the fact that they have some of the lowest population densities among the cities we survey.
Take note, San Francisco.