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As if St. Peter’s Peacocks’ thrilling victories during March Madness weren’t enough to celebrate, a recent study crowned Jersey City first in the nation when it comes to cellular service.

According to broadband-metrics company Ookla, Jersey City had the fastest median mobile download speed among the 100 most populous cities in the U.S. during the fourth quarter of 2021. Tampa, Florida was second; Washington, D.C. third; Baltimore, Maryland fourth and St. Paul, Minnesota fifth.

Among the states, New Jersey came in second, bested only by the District of Columbia.

Jersey City achieved its ranking with average download speeds among all providers of 107.20 megabits per second (Mbps), a measure of the download rate of an internet connection.

In the cases of both Jersey City and New Jersey overall, T-Mobile provided the fastest connections, by far, of 147.14 Mbps and 103.21 Mbps respectively.

Nationally, T-Mobile trounced Verizon and AT&T as well, with a median download speed of 90.65 Mbps compared to AT&T’s 49.25 and Verizon’s 44.67.

Lubbock, Texas had the nation’s slowest median mobile download speed, followed by Lincoln, Reno, Nevada, Fresno, California and Orlando.

T-Mobile was the fastest operator in 80 of the 100 most populous cities in the U.S. Verizon Wireless and AT&T were the fastest providers in two cities and UScellular was fastest in one city (Madison, Wisconsin). The results were statistically too close to call in 15 cities.

Jersey City’s 5G cell service was previously called “bananas” by the Wall Street Journal.

Photo by Vyacheslav Shatskiy on Unsplash

Aaron Morrill

Aaron is a writer, musician and lawyer. Aaron attended Berklee College of Music and the State University of New York at Purchase. Aaron served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador. He received a J.D....