North Carolina's broadband speeds are in line with the U.S. average but rank 38th nationwide, according to a labor union that represents telecommunications workers.
The Commmunications Workers of American issued its finding today as part of the union's support of increasing broadband access and speed for the public -- a goal everyone seems to share but one that has proven difficult to achieve.
According to the CWA, the Tar Heel state's median speed is 3 megabits per second, which is below the federal recommended standard or 4 megabits per second. However, more than half this state's counties exceed the Federal Communication Commission's minimum recommended standard, including Wake and Mecklenburg counties.
The CWA compiled its data by offering a broadband speed-testing web site to the public. More than 375,000 people in the country took the brief test, including more than 10,000 in North Carolina.
The site is still open and results compiled now will figure in the CWA's annual results next year.
The nation's fastest broadband speeds are in Delaware, which boasts a median download speed that's more than 13 megabitts per second. That's four times faster than North Carolina's median speed. Delaware's median speed even exceeds the single fastest county in North Carolina -- Onslow, which has a median speed of 8.9 megabits per second.
Alaska came in dead last with a median download speed of 1 megabit per second.
The slowest county in North Carolina is Hyde, posting a median download speed of 0.64 megabits per second. Others with above-average download speeds include Rockingham (8.4 megabits per second), Wilson (8.3 megabits), Wake (6.7) and Mecklenburg (6.4).