The average speed of a broadband connection in the U.S. during the fourth quarter hit 10 megabits per second, up 2% from 9.8 Mbps in Q3 and 25% faster than a year earlier, according to Akamai Technologies. The company reported that 34% of U.S. Internet users were connected at more than 10 Mbps, with more than half of users in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland and Rhode Island achieving that benchmark. Virginia users had the highest average connection rate at 14.4 Mbps, Akamai reports.

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