The United States came out on top in the latest edition of the Global Index of Network Performance.
The US, which had the fourth-fastest internet connection in the country, came out top in an international ranking of broadband speed.
This year’s report by the internet service providers Association of National Broadband Operators showed the US was No. 1 in the index, behind only China, France, Italy and Australia.
The ranking was published on Wednesday by the United Nations World Wide Web Consortium.
The United Kingdom came in second, the US third, France and Italy fourth, Australia came in fifth and Canada was ranked seventh.
Australia had the fastest internet speed in the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), ahead of Singapore, Finland and the United States.
The index was created by the OECD to track broadband and internet connectivity, and was created to be used by governments, education and research bodies.
This is the first time the OECD has included the United Kingdom in the rankings.
In the rankings, Australia and China were given the highest scores.
Australia scored the highest in terms of broadband speeds at 96.8 megabits per second (Mbps), followed by China (97.5), the United State (96.3) and the UK (96).
Japan, the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands came in at 90 and 89.6Mbps respectively.
The average internet speed of the US for 2016 was 92.6 Mbps, according to the report.
However, Australia scored highest in the United South States (USSA) region in terms.
Of the 50 states, 20 were in the USSA, with the average speed being 91.3 Mbps.
The fastest speed of all 50 states was 88.1 Mbps in the state of New York.
The OECD said the United Nation’s World Wide Technology Assessment, which ranks the world’s most advanced countries, had recently revised its rankings to remove the US.
In its latest report, it said the US had slipped from being one of the fastest-growing economies in the developed world in 2016 to being one the slowest.
“This is an extremely bad year for the US economy,” said the OECD.
“The world is watching and watching what happens in 2018.”
Al Jazeera’s Ben Blanchard, reporting from Hong Kong, said the latest ranking is a result of the Federal Communications Commission’s recent net neutrality rule.
This regulation, which aims to ensure internet service provider (ISP) neutrality, is due to go into effect on January 1.
It is a regulation designed to ensure that all internet traffic is treated equally by internet service companies.
The regulator said it wanted to ensure a “free and open internet”.
“This regulation will enable ISPs to innovate and grow, and will enable more innovative services to flourish,” the FCC said in a statement.
“It is important to note that this is a global assessment and we are committed to the principles of net neutrality, as well as protecting the open internet.”
The report, published on Tuesday, also found that the number of people accessing the internet in China and India had increased dramatically in the past few years.
The report said there were an estimated 3.2 billion people online in China at the end of 2016.
The number of users in India jumped from 3.4 billion at the beginning of the year to 4.1 billion in the final quarter of 2016, up from 2.7 billion at launch.
“There are now around 4.2 million internet users in the two countries combined, more than in the rest of the world combined,” the report said.
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