Study: Denver is dead last for data speed

DENVER — If you’ve ever tried to use your phone downtown during a Rockies game, you’ve probably felt the need for speed.

Denver’s population keeps growing, but download and upload speeds are not keeping pace.

Denver is No. 18 in terms of population but the Colorado’s came in last in a comparison of the 125 most-populated metro areas, according to a new study by RootMetrics.

RootMetrics looked at overall performance, network reliability, network speed, data performance, call performance and text performance.

Denver came in dead last in the speed rankings.

“All four carriers recorded median download speeds below 10.0 Mbps in Denver, and median upload speeds were even slower,” RootMetrics stated.

“Due in part to the slow speeds, Denver also ranked just #124 in data performance,” researchers stated.

T-Mobile customers are dealing with the slowest speeds – and they actually got worse from the second half of 2015 to the first half of 2016.

T-Mobile’s median download speed decreased from 6.8 Mbps to 4.4 Mbps, researchers found. T-Mobile’s median upload speed decreased from 8.7 Mbps to 5.1 Mbps.

Sprint and Verizon were named the “winners” of the second half of 2015.

The top five metro areas for cell phone service are Lansing, MI; Indianapolis, IN; Atlanta, GA; Milwaukee, WI; and Chicago, IL.