Killingworth is the Connecticut town that has the fastest internet download speed. It is one of 26 towns and cities in the state to rank among the top 1,000 communities with the fastest internet speeds in America, according to recently compiled data. The only other Connecticut towns to rank among the top three hundred nationwide were Storrs, Stonington, East Haddam, and Weston. Of the state’s cities, only Stamford and Norwalk reached the top thousand fastest download speeds nationwide.
Recent data reflects that although the national average speed is 18.2 Mbps, the highs and lows – or have’s and have-nots – are quite apparent by region, with the Northeast, especially the I-95 corridor, fairing quite well.
Data from over 5,600 cities and towns represented in Ookla's Net Index, illustrated by Congressional district, shows relative download speeds across the contiguous U.S., from January through July 2013. (Blue means a faster download speed; red means a slower download speed, on the map.) The disparities are clearly evident between different regions of the country.
The fastest internet speed in Connecticut is in Killingworth, at 30.28, ranking #179 among cities and towns across the country. Close behind is Storrs (Mansfield) at 30.20, ranking #181. Rounding out Connecticut’s top 10 communities with the fastest internet download speeds are Stonington (29.09, #262), East Haddam (29.00, #269), Weston (29.88, #280), Westport (27.36, #454), Greenwich (26.14, #630), and Bloomfield (25.99, #655), Mansfield (25.99, #656) and Guilford (25.92, #664).
Seventeen of the top 25 towns are in New York or New Jersey The fastest single location, with an average download speed of 85.5 Mbps belongs to Ephrata, Wash., a small town of 7,000 that happens to be home to its own fiber optics provider. Kansas City, Kan., where Google developed a fiber optic network, comes in second, clocking in at 49.9 Mbps. The worst speeds can be found in Northeastern Arizona, where Chinle and Fort Defiance both clock in at less than 1.5 Mbps, according to Gizmodo, which published a report on the data.
The next ten fastest communities include the only cities to earn a spot on the top 1,000, Stamford and Norwalk. Connecticut’s second ten are: New Canaan (25.88, #672), Redding (25.79, #691), Tolland (25.40, #734), Canton (25.36, #743), Orange (25.00, #786), Avon (24.62, #834), Torrington (24.58, #837), Darien (24.57, #839), Stamford (24.51, #851), and Norwalk (24.49, #854).
Six additional towns were among the top 1,000 nationally. They are: Woodstock (24.43, #865), Fairfield (24.43, #866), Mystic (24.34, #879), Milford (24.25, #894), Woodbury (24.21, #900), and Hebron (23.93, #950). All are well above the national average.
Ookla's data are primarily coming from the site Speedtest.net. For a complete list of cities and towns by speed click here. The metropolitan Northeast, Florida, and most of Arizona come in pretty strong.
Reaching the next five hundred (between 1,000 and 1,500) from Connecticut were Winsted, Coventry, Bridgeport, Monroe, Groton, Southbury, Pawcatuck, Litchfield, Woodbridge, Watertown, Danbury, Brookfield, Newtown, Shelton, Stratford, Deep River and Gales Ferry, at number 1,477. There were 43 Connecticut towns and cities among the top 1,500 nationwide.