Study: Minnesotans get 12 percent lower Internet speed than advertised


The Internet you're paying for may not be the internet you're actually getting.

Forum News Service reports on a survey by Ookla, a broadband and network diagnostics company.

The study, Forum says, shows median download speeds in Fargo are 30 percent lower than what's advertised. Statewide, the median speed is about 87 percent of what's promised, the study found – and residents in both Minot and Grand Forks are getting speeds just a bit faster than advertised.

So how about Minnesota?

According to Ookla, the North Star State gets close to 88 percent of the promised speeds. The top three cities, in terms of bang for your Internet buck? Saint Cloud, where residents get (on average) 102.19 percent of what's promised. Maple Grove comes in at 97.53 percent, and Rochester at 89.89 percent.

Saint Paul is just under 90 percent, while Minneapolis and Duluth are essentially right on the median.

Nationally, the average is 94 percent; globally it's 87.7 percent. You can test your Internet speed on Ookla's site.

The study also lets you measure by download and upload speeds, R-Factor (an industry measurement) and even dollar value.

The Wall Street Journal compiled all the U.S. data into one chart, breaking it down by city, which you can view by clicking here. The publication also graphed out which Internet service providers did the best job in providing advertised speeds.

The Minnesota legislature is working on a supplemental spending bill that includes expanded broadband access in rural areas of the state. Some studies show a broadband connection can have a positive economic impact on a community.

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