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Are there any statistics about the development of average internet connection speed and request latency from households to major sites over the years?

I find this information very useful for ajax related software design (i.e. feasibility studies of several webapp use cases).

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Are you interested in households in a specific country, or worldwide? – paulmorriss May 5 '11 at 16:25
I am especially interested in European countries and the US. – Thomas May 5 '11 at 16:53

I found good statistics at http://www.netindex.com/ but only ranging back to 2008 and with no explicit latency rate measurements.

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