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Bears. If they're not eating people or stealing their picnic baskets , they're apparently slowing down their Internet.

In no state is the latter phenomenon

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Idaho Internet Speed Is Slowest in Nation (Partially Because of Bears)

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Bears. If they're not eating people or stealing their picnic baskets, they're apparently slowing down their Internet.

In no state is the latter phenomenon more prevalent than our neighbor to the east, Idaho.

A new study put out by Pando Networks found that Idaho has the slowest Internet speeds in the country--Pocatello being the worst of the worst.

The New York Times also reports today that bears are partially to blame.

Barry Ramsay, who owns a small manufacturing company here between two mountains, remembers the day his Internet connection crashed for several hours. Work crews had to ride up in snowmobiles to discover the problem.

"They said that bears had been rubbing against the towers," Mr. Ramsay said. In this mountainous state, where some connections depend on line of sight, even snow and fog can disrupt the signals. "These are the kind of problems you probably don't have in an urban area," he said.

Seattle Weekly got the full list of fastest and slowest states for Internet from the fine folks at Pando.

And (though we had heard it before about Olympia) Washington state is lightning fast.

Washington is the 13th fastest state overall, and two cities, Lynnwood (#2) and Kent (#4), are in the top five.

Perhaps uncoincidentally, Washington is not one of the top states for bear attacks.

The full rankings from Pando's study are as follows:

Fastest cities:

1. Andover, Mass

2. Lynnwood, Wash.

3. Woodbridge, Va.

4. Kent, Wash.

5. Burke, Va.

6. West Hartford, Conn.

7. Clementon, N.J.

8. Bay Shore, N.Y.

9. Santa Monica, Calif.

10. Lutherville Timonium, Md.

Slowest cities.

1. Pocatello, Idaho

2. Mission, Texas

3. Casper, Wyo.

4. Elizabethtown, Kan.

5. Yuma, Ariz.

6. Grand Junction, Colo.

7. San Angelo, Texas

8. Mansfield, Texas

9. Nampa, Idaho

10. Marion, Ohio

State map:

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