If you’re in the Minneapolis area and have a spare $400 a month to spend, then you can now sign up for the fastest broadband connection in the United States: US Internet, a local Internet provider based to the west of Minneapolis, is offering a 10 Gbps package to businesses and residents in its coverage area. That’s more than 300 times faster than the country’s current average connection speed of 30 Mbps (as measured by Ookla).
In other words, very very fast. US Internet has announced “it’s the fastest service the world has ever seen” and while it’s difficult to verify that claim it’s certainly the fastest broadband currently on offer in the United States. Both Google and Verizon are testing connection speeds of 10 Gbps, but neither has yet made it available to customers.
The ISP currently offers a $65-per-month plan for a 1 Gbps connection speed and says it expects a select group of people to want to make the bump to 10 Gbps. At that kind of speed you can pull down 1.25 GB of data in a second, so the HD version of Guardians of the Galaxy on iTunes would make it from the cloud to your hard drive in about 3-4 seconds. US Internet has plans to expand the service to more areas in 2015.
According to Akamai’s State of the Internet report, South Korea is the country with the fastest average Internet speeds, thanks to its densely packed urban environments and high-tech wired apartments. Netflix recommends 25 Mbps for its Ultra HD streams, so the new offering from US Internet should have you comfortably covered, if you can get it.
“This is like going from 30 to 10,000 miles per hour,” says US Internet co-CEO Joe Caldwell.