Jill Layton
August 07, 2016 12:53 pm
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You may often find yourself trying to load eight (or more) websites all at once — which is a totally reasonable thing to do on the internet, by the way — only to suddenly have them all stop loading. You have to go through the tedious steps of checking each open tab to try and figure out which sites will load and which ones you need to sacrifice in order to fully see the others.

It can be totally disheartening.

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And it happens for one simple reason: Your internet is slow.

When it comes to the internet, there’s nothing worse than a slow connection. As ridiculous as it sounds, having to wait more than a second or two while trying to do something on the internet is SO FRUSTRATING these days. We’ve gotten used to a certain speed level and we do *not* want to go back to the days of dial up.

Well, now you can quickly and easily find out just how fast (or slow) the internet connection is in your area.

Speedtest by Ookla measures internet performance. According to a recent Speedtest report, internet speeds for both mobile and fixed broadband users in the United States are increasing.

Which is great news since it means you’ll soon be able to load all the websites you want simultaneously without having to choose between them!

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Here are some the juicy details of their latest report.

Fixed broadband speeds are increasing.

At the end of June, the average download speed for fixed broadband was 54.97 Mbps (Megabits per second), which is a 42% increase from last June. The average upload speed for fixed broadband was 18.88 Mbps, which is a 51% increase from the previous year.

Mobile internet isn’t increasing as fast as broadband.

Mobile internet speed also increased, but not by nearly as much as fixed broadband. Average mobile download speed was 19.61 Mbps, a 33% increase over last year. Average upload speed was 7.94 Mbps, which is a 7.4% increase in a year.

Certain mobile carriers definitely had faster internet speeds than others.

The fastest mobile carriers are Verizon Wireless at 21.11 Mbps, T-Mobile just behind at 21.02 Mbps, AT&T at 18.91 Mbps and Sprint at 15.04 Mbps.

So if you have Sprint, you may be slightly more frustrated with your internet speed than the average Verizon customer. But if you’re a Verizon or T-Mobile customer, well, this report found that your speeds are pretty stable.

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To find out the exact download and upload speeds in your area, visit Speedtest.

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