Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM) is out with its Q4 2010 State of the Internet report this week. The new study reports that average broadband speeds in the U.S. were up by 9.2 percent in fourth quarter of 2010, on a year-over-year basis, hitting 5.1 Mbps.
From the U.S. perspective, Akamai reported that the state of Delaware was the fastest, coming in with an average connection speed of 7.2 Mbps for the fourth quarter, which was a 6 percent year-over-year decline.
The fastest city in the U.S. was Riverside, CA with an average connection speed of 7.6 Mbps.
“It was a good year for the U.S.” David Belson, Editor of the Akamai State of the Internet report, told InternetNews.com. “I can’t point to any one specific reason, but in 2010 we started seeing the economy recover, so maybe people had a little more money and they decided to spend it on Internet connectivity.”