Average Global Internet Speed Drops to 2.3 Mbps Dylan Duarte May 1, 2012 The internet is supposed to be getting faster, not slower! While the reason for the drop is unclear, according to networking company Akamai, the average global internet speed dropped 14 percent in the fourth quarter of last year. Year-on-year average speeds are up, however, so this likely doesn’t point to a long-term slowdown. The United States is 13th in the world with an average speed of 5.8 Mbps. Living in a small town, I’m not privileged enough to enjoy lightning fast speeds, but I get by. Boston has the highest average in the country with 8.4 Mbps. However, that’s nothing compared to Japan and South Korea, who have an average speed of 9.1 and a whopping 17.5 Mbps, respectively – which should come as a surprise to no one. The South Koreans need that lighting speed to school the world at Starcraft. via The Verge Share This With The World!