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Vermont has the most overpriced Internet in the Northeast, rural states struggle

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Surfshark’s research shows that rural states tend to overpay for internet, while urban states tend to get fair internet rates.

Vermont Business Magazine New for Surfshark Internet Value Index (IVi) indicates that Vermont’s internet is the most expensive in the Northeast. The index is calculated by dividing each state’s internet speed by internet affordability. The study reveals a large gap between rural and urban states in terms of internet value, highlighting the country’s digital divide.

  • Vermont ranks 45th in the United States with an Internet value of 0.38.

  • The Northeast is the country’s best-performing region, with internet values ​​30% higher than the US average.

“Affordable, fast internet is very important these days. Schoolchildren need it to keep up with their homework and attend online classes, and remote workers need it to do their jobs effectively. We need it.” – commented Agneska Sablovskaja, principal researcher at Surfshark. “But three of her four rural states are at a disadvantage in getting fair internet rates, further isolating them from the opportunities that wealthy, urban states have.”

Vermont is one of the worst performing states, ranking 6th from the bottom in the US for internet values. A slightly lucky internet user is New He lives in Mexico (44th) and Alaska (43rd).

The Northeast is the country’s best-performing region, with internet values ​​30% higher than the US average. Vermont is the region’s worst-performing state, with an Internet Value Index of 0.38 (48% below the regional average and 34% below the US average). Neighboring New York tops Vermont by 42nd place.

  • A New Yorker has to work one minute to take advantage of the 5.6 Mbps mobile Internet. Whereas in Vermont, with the same quality internet he works 2:29 (149% better).
  • As for mobile internet, New Yorkers have to work an hour to take advantage of 37.9 Mbps broadband internet. On the other hand, in Vermont, with the same quality internet, he works 2 hours and 19 minutes (132% more).

New Jersey and Mississippi — the two states at each end of the Internet value pole:

  • Internet rates are highest in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New York.
  • Internet in Mississippi, Wyoming, and Arkansas is among the most expensive in the country.

New Jersey has the highest internet value of any U.S. state. New Jerseyans can get 5.5 Mbps of mobile internet in just one minute and 45 Mbps of broadband internet in one hour. .

Vermont’s index is 61.6% lower than New Jersey’s, and Vermonters work 146% more with mobile internet and 175.8% more with broadband for the same quality.

Three-quarters of rural states are overpaying for internet

A state’s Internet Value Index is influenced by many factors, including economic status, population density, percentage of urban areas, and whether the state is landlocked. Rural states suffer the most when it comes to internet value. Internet prices are too high in 3 out of 4 rural states. Things are very different in more urbanized states, with fair internet rates in 3 out of 4 states.

The Northeast has the highest internet value, while all other regions’ indices are below the U.S. average

Of the four US regions, the South performs the worst in terms of internet value. Three of the bottom five states are in the South. The West and Midwest perform slightly better, but still below the US average. Meanwhile, the Northeastern states have the highest internet value, with an average index 30% higher than the US average.

For more information on Surfshark’s US Internet Value Index, please see the following link.


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2022.11.29. Surf Shark internet value index

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