Good public WiFi is becoming a key factor in economic growth. It’s easy to see why: it drives our increasingly connected society and the businesses that operate in it.

Rotten WiFi recently published a study listing the top 20 countries for fast public WiFi. Here are the top 10:

Top 10 countries for fast public wifi

According to the rankings, the US didn’t even make the top 20. In fact, the only North American country on the list is Canada at #20 with an average download speed of 9Mbps.

Europe, on the other hand, dominated the rankings. And according to the State of Union Address by the President of the European Commission, it have some ambitious plans to surpass its current level of connectivity.

With a €120M grant to upgrade its existing internet infrastructure, its goal is to have a minimum download speeds of 100Mbps for all European households and 1Gbps for hospitals, administrations and other public services by as early as 2020. Europe also intends to fully deploy 5G wireless by 2025.

Meanwhile, the US is still experiencing exponential growth in public WiFi traffic. Here’s a look at the numbers from the nation’s largest ISP, Comcast:

Comcast traffic public wifi

It’s no secret that WiFi is fueling our content consumption habits, our businesses, and our economy, but as far as our public WiFi speeds are concerned, we still have a long way to go.

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