Need for Broadband Speed: Austin Tops SF

Report: Austin, SF, New York and Seattle lead the download pack.

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    Pando Networks' research shows Austin is the fastest gun download in the West, having researched more than 10 million sample downloads, according to TechCrunch.

    Tech hot spots top the overall list, of course, but getting smoked by Austin may lead to some friendly competition among competition. Notably, San Jose is on the list at no. 12 -- but they're addressing the situation with free Wi-Fi for all of downtown.

    Austin came in first with 841 KBps, Pando reports. San Francisco came in at 828 KBps, Boston at 827 KBps, Seattle at 805 KBps, and New York at 787 KBPs.

    The low-end of the broadband scale was also in Texas: El Paso came in last with 483 KBps (it must sorta suck to game there, right?). Other slowpoke towns include Forth Worth (517 KBps), Oklahoma City (518 KBps), Albuquerque (537 KBps) and Denver (550 KBps).

    Pando's services fit with the study: they provide big-file-download services to consumers and businesses. "Game companies contract with Pando to have their games distribute" as TechCrunch's Sarah Perez writes.

    Notably, Comcast had the highest download speeds at 941 KBps, followed by Optimum at 874 KBps. (Disclosure: Comcast owns NBC and, thus, this website,)

    Here's the full list:

    1. Austin 841
    2. San Francisco 828
    3. Boston 827
    4. Seattle 805
    5. New York 787
    6. Baltimore 781
    7. Washington DC 750
    8. Philadelphia 723
    9. Louisville 701
    10. Chicago 692
    11. Los Angeles 665
    12. San Jose 661
    13. Indianapolis 657
    14. Milwaukee 635
    15. Fresno 633
    16. Portland 630
    17. Sacramento 629
    18. Tucson 625
    19. Nashville 624
    20. San Diego 612
    21. Dallas 604
    22. Jacksonville 600
    23. Columbus 595
    24. Las Vegas 592
    25. Phoenix 581
    26. Memphis 581
    27. Houston 579
    28. Detroit 565
    29. Charlotte 560
    30. San Antonio 555
    31. Denver 550
    32. Albuquerque 537
    33. OK City 518
    34. Fort Worth 517
    35. El Paso 483