Dispelling myths about US and global internet speeds

Some commentators have been quick to complain about the prices Americans pay for internet services and the apparent low quality of services offered in comparison to selected international benchmarks. One has even suggested recently that despite vast amounts of taxpayer money spent on high-speed internet rollout, Australian citizens are also somehow being shortchanged, compared to those in developing countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, and Kenya.

Much of this angst has been a reaction to snippets extracted from Akamai’s quarterly State of the Internet reports. Akamai does a sterling job collecting data about the time it takes...