As consumers continue to cut the cord in increasing numbers, having an Internet connection that can ably stream online video from the likes of Amazon and Netflix is extremely important. Especially as the quantity of 4K video content continues to rise, viewers will want to make sure that their broadband provider can keep up with Netflix’s bandwidth requirements.
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Now because Netflix transfers more bits during peak Internet hours than any other site on the web, they’re in a unique position to measure the speed and overall performance of varying ISPs across the globe. That said, Netflix earlier this week updated its ISP speed index and, per usual, shared the results online. Listed below are the fastest big-time ISPs in the United States alongside their average download speeds.
- Verizon – Fios: 3.83 Mbps
- Cox: 3.76 Mbps
- Bright House: 3.74 Mbps
- Cablevision -Optimum: 3.74 Mbps
- Comcast: 3.69 Mbps
- Time Warner Cable: 3.65 Mbps
- Charter: 3.64 Mbps
- Mediacom: 3.6 Mbps
- Suddenlink: 3.52 Mbps
- AT&T – U-Verse: 3.48 Mbps
- AT&T – DSL: 2.84 Mbps
- Frontier: 2.53
- Windstream: 2.47 Mbps
- Verizon – DSL: 2.14 Mbps
- CenturyLink: 2.02 Mbps
Say what you will about Comcast, but you can’t deny that they do deliver pretty fast Internet.
Now what’s interesting is that if we tabulate the same list and include smaller ISPs, some of the list gets shuffled around quite a bit. One of the more notable additions, in that scenario, is Google Fiber which has an average speed of 3.87 Mbps. And not at all surprising is the fact that four of the fastest ISPs (Grande, Google, Verizon, and EPB) are all fiber based.
As for which countries enjoy some top-tier Internet speeds, well, it looks like the folks in Switzerland have it pretty good.