The United States lags behind many nations in internet access and speed, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
In many areas the United States has the advantage over Romania—workers rights, child welfare, lack of former repressive dictators—but the internet is not one of them. Specifically our access to it, and its speed. The latest State of the Internet report, a quarterly review of online trends and digital data from cloud service Akamai, ranked the US at only No. 17 in the world, far behind Japan (No. 4), Israel (No. 5), and yes, Romania (No. 6).