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America hates Comcast but it’s the fastest nationwide ISP we have

Published Aug 5th, 2015 10:15PM EDT
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Comcast is not a well loved company in the United States. Somewhat paradoxically, however, Comcast also happens to be the ISP with the fastest overall speeds of any nationwide provider in the country. this week announced its first-ever awards for ISPs in the U.S. and it found that Comcast’s Xfinity was the fastest overall service with an average download speed of just under 105Mbps and an average upload speed of 12.7Mbps.

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“[Comcast] offers an extremely wide variety of technologies and speeds, peaking at a fiber-based ‘Extreme 505’ tier,” writes. “That service isn’t widely available, though; you’re more likely to see top speeds of 105Mbps or 150Mbps using traditional DOCSIS 3 cable technology.”

Following Comcast were Time Warner Cable, which had an average download speed of 99.1Mbps; Cox Cable, with an average download speed of 94Mbps; Verizon FiOS, with an average download speed of 83.4Mbps; and Charter, with an average download speed of 66.3Mbps.

When it comes to wireless networks, T-Mobile had the fastest average LTE connection with an average download speed of 19.6Mbps, followed by Verizon at 18.5Mbps, AT&T at 14.6Mbps and Sprint at 10.4Mbps.

We’re sure that Google Fiber and AT&T’s GigaPower would have easily bested Comcast had they been included in the rankings, but alas they aren’t widely available enough to qualify.

Learn more about the SpeedTest awards by clicking here.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.

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