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September 10, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Little Ephrata, Wash. has nation’s fastest internet

Grant County Courthouse in Ephrata (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Grant County Courthouse in Ephrata (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Ephrata, a city of 7,600 people in sparsely-populated Grant County, has the nation’s fastest internet speeds, according to the technology blog Gizmodo.

Why?  Because Ephrata has its own fiber optics provider.

From January to July of this year, Ephrata’s average download speed measured 85.5 Mbps — the fastest out of more than 5,600 U.S. cities and towns.  Kansas City, Kan. ranked second fastest, clocking in at 49.9 Mbps.

Gizmodo’s research reveals a strong correlation between income and access to high-speed internet — wealthier places tend to have faster internet.

Ephrata defies the odds, though, with a median household income of just $37,692.  That’s 29 percent below the national average, according to Census Bureau data.

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