Internet speeds around the country are going up, but in Florida, internet speeds are really going up. The Sunshine State ranked 10th in the nation in 2022, up from 16th in the nation in 2021, when Florida even trailed mostly rural Nevada and telecom-challenged mountain states like Colorado and Washington. But with demand for video conferencing, live streaming video, and bandwidth-intensive entertainment, internet service providers have responded by adding capacity for consumers.
Over the past year, Florida leapfrogged even highly-networked East Coast powerhouses like New Hampshire and New York. For comparison, in 2021, Florida’s max internet speed clocked in at 102 Megabits per second (Mbps), barely besting the national average that year by 3 Mbps. But in 2022, almost every state has raised the bar, boosting the national average to just a hair over 119 Mbps. At the same time, though, Florida’s internet service providers have found ways to increase average speeds to 127.8 Mps, easily outpacing national improvements and six states that only made marginal gains in speed.
Delaware is the current reigning champion for internet speeds, clocking an impressive 145.8 Mps, an increase of 26.7 Mbps over the previous year. On the low end, West Virginia and Montana still clock in at about half that of Florida, both under 65 Mbps.
Internet speed and data access is an important measure of economic infrastructure and business environment, which factors into a broad range of other rankings for business, education and general economic output.