Need for Broadband Speed: Austin Tops SF

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

By Jason Middleton
|  Saturday, Mar 24, 2012  |  Updated 7:44 AM PDT
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Need for Broadband Speed: Austin Tops SF

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

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