This town has America's fastest Internet
Generally, the more wealthy areas get the speediest Web service, but a tiny city with modest incomes manages to buck that trend.
According to Gizmodo, the town of about 7,600 roughly 180 miles east of Seattle, has America's fastest Internet download speeds, averaging 85.54 megabits per second, more than twice as fast as any other town. About a decade ago, the local utility serving the town, the Grant Public Utility District, installed fiber optics as part of its communications system. The speedy service is a benefit of that effort, says Wes Crago, Ephrata's city administrator.
"It's a major selling point for us," he said in an interview with MSN Money, adding that the town won't be shy about touting its Internet speed ranking, particularly as it tries to attract new businesses. "Nowadays, it's one of the first things that people ask about. . . . It's something that will be worked into a lot of the things that we talk about here."
Gizmodo found that people who live in wealthier towns tend to have faster Internet service. Ephrata, which is surrounded by wheat and corn fields and is near the Grand Coulee Dam, is an exception. People there have a median household income of $37,000, far less than other communities on the list. For instance, residents of fifth-place Millington, N.J., boast incomes of more than $130,000, while households in sixth-place Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., earn $108,000, according to Consumerist.
Ephrata's first-place finish shows that money helps close the digital divide but that some smart planning doesn't hurt either.
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LMAO, you call that a tiny town! Hahaha. I live in a tiny town, population 345. Now that's a tiny town!
And at $1,000/month this is one of the finest examples of how the Affordable INTernet Act (The AIN'T Act) is driving down the cost of high-speed Internet access. The best thing about the Affordable Internet Act is that everyone is now able to purchase high-speed Internet access. Unfortunately, due to the high costs of Internet access now the only people able to use the Internet are government officials who have already exempted themselves and their employees from having to pay the high fees.
I'm a customer here in Grant County .
80mbps download, 25mbps upload at $50 a month.
It's nice! and the county is a great place to live.
I find it rather pitiful that as "Americans" we average slow to moderate speed while paying the highest data rates on earth. For the same to much less cost, nations like France average 100 MPS at a moderate cost of $40.00 US. Japan is much faster with the cost less than ours.
When the FCC and the mountains of technology hurdles get out of the way, competition will perhaps get better??
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