1Xfinity, Verizon Win Top Spots in Ookla Broadband Performance Study
The quality of U.S. broadband network service has long been a source of contention. Internet Service Providers say that they’re offering the fastest speeds they can to accommodate as many customers as possible. But both consumers and corporate users have complained that the speeds they pay for aren’t necessarily what they’re getting. Now a new report from market researcher Ookla, which includes more than 111 million data points, examined just how fast American broadband really is and which ISPs deliver the best service. The study also examines broadband speeds in 100 cities around the U.S. Check out the Ookla Speedtest results to see how to see how Broadband networks are performing across the country.
2U.S. Broadband Speeds Aren’t the World’s Fastest
3Speeds Are on the Rise
4Xfinity Reigns Supreme
Comcast Cable’s Xfinity Internet service is the fastest option on the market, offering average download speeds nationally of 69.58Mbps, according to the Ookla Speedtest data. It scored high marks, thanks to new “advanced modems” it’s been installing in customer homes that allow for more throughput, according to Ookla.
5Verizon FiOS Is a Close Second
6Cox Rounds Out the Top Three
7Frontier and CenturyLink Are Slow
Frontier and CenturyLink proved to be the laggards in the Ookla Speedtest study. Frontier landed in the second-to-last spot in the study with average national speeds of 31.70Mbps. But it was CenturyLink that disappointed more than any other, with average national speeds of just 14.91Mbps, according to Ookla. The company didn’t say why CenturyLink was so far behind.
8Do We Get ‘Acceptable’ Speeds?
In its test, Ookla used an “acceptability” threshold to identify the lowest speed at to enable users across the U.S. to “adequately” access the Internet. It assigned 10Mbps download speeds as that threshold. Ookla then examined how often top ISPs hit that acceptable speed. The study found that Xfinity was tops and exceeded the threshold in 91.6 percent of cases. Spectrum, a service brand owned by Charter Communications, was next with a 90.2 percent success rate, followed by Cox at 89.4 percent. Frontier and CenturyLink were again at the bottom with success rates of 63.6 percent and 51.8 percent, respectively.
9Speeds Vary Significantly by Region
Next, Ookla examined speeds by region, and found that the average person living in the Northeast gets download speeds of 34.14Mbps, well below the Western region’s 58.34Mbps rate. Southerners get average download speeds of 57.41Mbps, and those in the Midwest benefit from 40.83Mbps. Xfinity was the fastest provider in the Northeast and West. Suddenlink was tops in the South and Medicaom took the prize in the Midwest.
10These Cities Have the Fastest Speeds
Ookla went even deeper in its study to find out which major cities across the U.S. have the fastest Internet speeds. Kansas City, O took the top spot with average download speeds of 131.39Mbps and upload speeds of 117.44Mbps, thanks to Google Fiber. Austin, TX was just behind with average downloads of 115.54Mbps and uploads of 62.36Mbps. San Francisco, CA rounded out the top three with average download speeds of 104.53Mbps and upload speeds of 41.80Mbps.
11Spectrum Is a Surprise Winner
Spectrum might have middling performance in national polls, but the company won an important competition in the Ookla study: city dominance. The company had the fastest speeds in 24 of the top 100 cities across the U.S., easily topping the second-place Cox, which had 19 first-place finishes. Xfinity was in third place with fastest speeds in 18 markets.