Report: Two-Thirds of Counties Average Internet Speeds Slower Than Broadband

Government officials have long been frustrated by inaccuracies in the broadband connectivity data collected by the Federal Communications Commission, which estimates that 21 million Americans, or 6.5% of the population, lack access to high-speed internet.

New data, crowdsourced from an app that tests internet connectivity speeds, found that 65% of counties across the United States are averaging connection speeds slower than the FCC’s definition of broadband.

The findings were released Monday in a report by the National Association of Counties, which launched the mobile app last year to help fill in the gaps in the FCC’s connectivity data.