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Utah ranks 4th in Internet speeds

Utah ranks 4th in Internet speeds

By Paul Nelson | Posted - Oct. 28, 2011 at 11:24 a.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Have you ever felt like you internet connection is really slow?

A new study from Akamai Technologies says Utah's Internet speeds are actually really fast. In fact, Utah ranks as the fourth fastest state for Internet speed. And there are a couple of reasons why Akamai Technologies ranks Utah's Internet speeds so high.

"The University of Utah and associated institutions on the UEN Network have an enormous amount of bandwidth, and (Akamai) averages that in to the report," said Pete Ashdown, XMisson president.

Ashdown said everyone around the University of Utah could have the much slower dial-up Internet connection, and the bandwidth from the university would weigh the study in the other direction. However, Utah speeds were not rated as fast, simply because of a potentially weighted study.

We have customers that are doing 50 and 100 mbs in both directions, and that's unusual in the nation.

–Pete Ashdown

Ashdown said the UTOPIA Network is another reason speeds are faster here.

"With the fiber optics, you don't have the problems of spectrum limits as you do with copper," Ashdown described. "You don't have interference limits as you do with copper."

Not every municipality is currently connected to UTOPIA yet because fiber optics lines are quite expensive. However, there are no signs of Utahns getting close to the limit of bandwidth. And as more cities join UTOPIA, speeds will continue to increase.

"We have customers that are doing 50 and 100 mbs in both directions, and that's unusual in the nation," Ashdown said.


Paul Nelson


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