Like it or not, your tortoise-slow Internet is here to stay, at least for a little while. 

That's according to Big Think's Kecia Lynn, who writes that the U.S., with its average download speed of 11.6 megabits per second, isn't even in the top 10 nations with fastest Internet speed, despite being the most developed. 

The reason, like most of this nature, has to do with the bottom line: "Most established ISPs aren't interested in adopting or growing the technology," says Lynn, especially when they're making large profits.

According to an analyst she spoke to, Craig Moffet, cable providers like Time Warner make a cool 97% profit off their slow-as-molasses infrastructure. That's hard to believe, but as long as the money's rolling in, there's no way they'll pay to update it, unless government sanctions to beef it up go into place. 

[via Big Think]