Idaho was rated number one again and once again it’s not a victory, especially for a state striving to make its agriculture and high tech industries competitive.
Idaho was ranked the slowest state for Internet connections by Pando Networks , a company that specializes in measuring connection speeds. Idaho’s average download speed was rated at 318 kilobits per second with a completion rate of 83 percent.
Idaho edged out its neighbor Wyoming with an average download speed of 346 KBps and a completion rate of 83 percent. With Montana and New Mexico added, four of the top 10 were in the Intermountain West.
Rhode Island had the fastest connections with 894 KBps. All four coastal neighbors, Washington, Oregon and California were among the top 15.
The news comes the same day the Idaho Water Board approved spending $2 million to study building the Galloway Dam, which has no obvious funding sources. To be fair Idaho has spent millions over the last decade to increase broadband into its rural areas.
And having a big wilderness and roadless area in the middle of the state makes it harder to pioneer new infrastructure into any rural areas.
The Pando study was based on tracking 4 million Internet customers nationwide from January to June.