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Olympia’s water is legendary, giving rise to one of the region’s best beer slogans ever. But Washington’s capitol may soon be known for something else: broadband. The city of 46,000 people recently ranked as having the best Internet connectivity in the U.S.

According to a report by the FCC conducted by Seattle-based Ookla, Olympia boasts Internet download speeds of 21 Mbps. That’s nearly double the average download speeds in Seattle, which tied for second with New York showing speeds of 11.7 Mbps.

The FCC used the report to showcase how the U.S. in general lags behind other countries in broadband adoption, including South Korea, United Kingdom, Canada and Germany. In fact, the report indicates that the U.S. ranks 9th overall for mobile broadband adoption and 12th for fixed broadband.

Olympia is on par or beats some of the foreign cities mentioned in the report, but it still lags way behind Seoul, South Korea which stood on top in the report with average download speeds of 35 Mbps.

Meanwhile, the FCC reports that more than 100 million Americans do not subscribe to broadband.

OECD Rankings, Wireless Broadband Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants


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