Allconnect study: Internet speeds have increased by 18% since 2021 in the US

Robin Layton

Nov 1, 2022 — 5 min read

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Why is this important?

  • Speed has increased 18% YoY compared to 11% between 2020 and 2021. 
  • Most states have seen an increase over the last two years (excluding WV and NM).
  • Wednesday and Thursday have the fastest speeds and mid-morning is the time to get the fastest speeds. 
  • The Northeast and Southern regions of the U.S. have the fastest speeds in the country.  

A recent study of speed test results between August 2020 and September 2022 shows that internet speeds are increasing almost everywhere in the U.S.

However, whether you have seen an increase in speed or not is completely dependent on where you live and what type of internet is available at your exact address.

Top states with improved broadband speed

Allconnect’s data study shows that broadband speed has increased by 18% year-over-year compared to 11% between 2020 and 2021. In fact, most states have seen an increase over the last two years, except West Virginia and New Mexico. 

As seen in the chart, Rhode Island can boast a 74% increase in its internet speed since 2020.

According to an article by WPRI, “Coaxial cable internet, which has trouble reaching higher internet speeds, is currently the most common connection for residents and small businesses throughout the state.” 

Rhode Island hopes to expand fiber internet availability to further increase speeds.

The state also received $1.7 million in grants to expand internet access for low- and moderate-income Rhode Islanders across the state, as announced by Governor Daniel McKee in early 2021. 

For the states left behind in the speed increase wave, New Mexico started studying the issue in 2021 and announced in fall 2022 they will use millions of dollars from a federal government grant to expand broadband and speeds in tribal areas first. 

New Mexico’s internet connections include cable, fiber and DSL through Xfinity, CenturyLink and Windstream.

West Virginia has seen some false starts with expanding internet speed and availability across the state but has regrouped and received new funding to “expand high-speed broadband to 20,000 locations in the state, or 10 percent of locations in the state that lack access to broadband,” as reported by the Weirton Daily Times

West Virginia offers DSL and cable through Frontier, Optimum and Xfinity.

Top 20 cities with increased internet speeds

Dayton, OH, increased its internet speed the most from 2021 to 2022, at 128%. Even with that boost, “40% of our residents don’t have access to fast internet and that’s huge,” said Dayton City Commissioner Matt Joseph, reported by

The city is using its federal broadband funds to study the best way to expand fiber coverage and then implement that plan. 

Spectrum and AT&T are the primary fast providers for Dayton, with 100 to 1,000 Mbps available. 

U.S. cities with the fastest internet speeds

The speed test data also showed the fastest cities in the U.S.

Graphic of U.S. Cities with the fastest internet speed in each state

In the graphic below, we show the top cities with the greatest average download speed.

Big Spring, TX, was at the top across the country with an average speed of 453 Mbps. The cooperative WESTEX, T-Mobile’s 5G Home Internet, Optimum and AT&T are the larger providers in Big Spring. They provide from 4 to 1,000 Mbps in download speeds. 

List of download speeds for the top city in each state

Average internet speeds by U.S. regions

The average internet speed in the U.S. is 109 Mbps download and 40 Mbps upload, with an aggregate of 150 Mbps.

Cities in the Northeast have the fastest average internet speeds in the U.S., with an aggregate of upload and download speeds at 171 Mbps. Download speeds were around 123 Mbps, with uploads at 48 Mbps.

The Midwest didn’t fare as well, bringing in some of the lowest speeds at 90 Mbps download and 29 Mbps upload, with an aggregate of 119 Mbps. 

Internet speeds by days of the week

Graphic showing Internet speeds by days of the week

Allconnect’s data shows that Wednesday and Thursday have the fastest speeds and mid-morning is the time to get the fastest speeds. 

Wednesday and Thursday show an average download speed of 110 Mbps and upload of 42 Mbps. 

Types of internet

What type of internet you have available depends on your address. If you have a choice, fiber, 5G and cable can provide fast speeds, with reliability and very low latency. 

Fiber internet is one of the most desirable fast and reliable connections, with most fiber plans delivering between 300 to 1,000 Mbps. That’s better than DSL or cable. 

5G is the newest broadband tech, delivering speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. It’s not widely available yet, using cellphone towers to send internet into your home. 

Cable is the most-widely available broadband option, reaching download speeds of up to 500 Mbps. 

Rural options like satellite or DSL for internet produce slower speeds than fiber, 5G or cable. States are working on expanding availability and accessibility within rural areas of the U.S., in conjunction with the federal government’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Speeds can be confusing when you aren’t sure what you need at home. Simply put, the higher the Mbps, the faster your internet will be. 

Our methodology

To reach these conclusions on internet speed data in the U.S., we reviewed over 750,000-speed test results from the Ookla speed test between August 2020 and September 2022.

The data is limited to an analysis of the U.S.-based speed test results. Top cities with a percentage change in 2022 is based on cities with 100 tests minimum per year. Top cities by state are limited to cities with over 100 total tests.

In conclusion

Curious about your internet speed? Take Allconnect’s speed test today to find out what you are really getting. 

Whether you check your email once a day or spend hours gaming, it’s good to know what internet speed you need for those activities. 

Then, use your address to determine if there is a faster provider in your area. Annually comparing providers and plans is a smart idea as providers are constantly expanding and increasing service areas and speed ranges. 

If you are a mover, due diligence is especially important to ensure your new space has the internet you need.

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Robin Layton

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Robin Layton

Editor, Broadband Content

Robin Layton is an editor for the broadband marketplace Allconnect. She built her internet industry expertise writing and editing for four years on the site, as well as on Allconnect’s sister site … Read more