Research And ACT Score Data Shows States With Faster Internet Service Have A Smarter Population
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The data used in HSI's research was pulled from Akamai’s 2013 Internet speed tracking and ACT.org’s average ACT scores in 2013. According to Highspeed Internet.com, the top five states with the fastest Internet connections (Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington) are all in the top 15 of state ACT score averages. The states with the slowest Internet connections (Alaska, Arkansas, Kentucky, Montana, and West Virginia) are in the bottom half of the rankings for ACT score averages.
There are exceptions, of course, and an argument could be made that low Internet speeds are symptom rather than cause, but it’s food for thought.