Just in case internet iPhone celebrity Jason Chen needed another reason to feel smug: his alma mater, Berkeley, has the highest internet speeds of any city on Earth.
With the average speed at 18.7Mbps, Berkeley is top on Akamai’s list of worldwide data speeds. Second place is Chapel Hill, NC followed by Stanford, CA before moving onto the usual suspects in Japan and Korea.
Why are these three cities so high on the list? The universities they all host. They all have such insane speeds on campus that they jack up the average for their entire cities. When you filter out college towns from the list, every city in America falls off.
So really, you can get super internet speeds in Berkeley. But you’re gonna have to pay for it by, you know, attending Berkeley. [Ars Technica]