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It’s back-to-school month, and Ookla’s Speedtest Intelligence has rated the broadband performance of 100 college towns in the U.S.

“We were pleased, for the most part, with the internet and mobile speeds we saw in U.S. college towns,” the company said in a press release. “There are a lot of options for schools in towns with fast connections and a couple where you could fall off the grid (should you so choose).”

Highlights from the report, which focused on the second quarter of the year:

The top college towns for 5G speeds were Manhattan, KS (314.13 Mbps); Clemson, SC; College Park, MD; Auburn, AL and Troy, N.Y. The worst college towns for 5G were Bowling Green, KY; Fayetteville, AR; Blacksburg, VA; Cheney, WA and Morgantown, W.V.

The best college towns for mobile speed were Clemson, SC (175.77 Mbps); Tempe, AZ; Kent, OH; College Park, MD and Providence, R.I. The worst college towns for mobile speed were Bennington, VT; Socorro, NM; Kearney, NB; Bowling Green, KY and Hanover, NH.

The top college towns for fixed broadband speeds were Grambling, LA (333.65 Mbps); Murfreesboro, TN; Dover, DE; Chapel Hill, NC and Manchester, NH.

The worst college towns for fixed broadband speeds were Socorro, NM; Cheney, WA; Oberlin, OH; Tuskegee, AL and Brookings, SD.

The large college towns with the fastest median download speeds over fixed broadband were Huntsville, AL; Lincoln, NB and Providence, RI. The slowest was Columbia, MS.

The medium-sized college towns with the fastest speeds were Jonesboro, AR and Rock Hill, SC. The communities with the slowest were Conway, AR; Grand Forks, ND and Lawrence, KS.

The small college town with the fastest fixed broadband mobile speeds was Grambling, LA. The fastest on the mobile side was Clemson, SC.

College towns with A+ and F- 5G speeds
Source: Ookla

Finally, suburban communities with the fastest median fixed broadband download speeds were Murfreesboro, TN; Chapel Hill, NC and New Brunswick, NJ. The fastest mobile suburban communities were Kent, OH; College Park, ND, Troy, NY and Waukesha, WI.

In June, Ookla’s Speedtest Intelligence found that T-Mobile maintained its 5G performance lead with a median speed of 191.12 Mbps. The firm suggested that the C-band may upset the status quo going forward.

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