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Comcast Xfinity Is Fastest US ISP – Ookla

Uncategorized September 7, 2017

Cable providers pushing the new DOCSIS 3.1 protocol are getting competitive with fiber, boosting average home download speeds in the US to over 67Mbps, according to a new report from Ookla Speedtest.

Ookla looked at 111 million tests over the first half of 2017 and anointed Comcast Xfinity as the fastest overall ISP, beating Verizon Fios by a nose. The key here is that cable has gotten fast enough to beat fiber.

Xfinity also leads the ISP pack when it comes to consistently providing acceptable speeds that don’t slow down too much during busy times, Ookla says.

“Over the past year, Xfinity has been aggressively seeding the market with advanced modems capable of bonding more channels, delivering a more consistent experience for customers,” the Ookla report says.

Xfinity is ahead when it comes to consistently providing fixed broadband service that’s fast enough for common use. Spectrum and Cox are neck and neck for second and Verizon Fios is not far behind. AT&T Internet and Frontier make up the middle of the pack with service that meets the 10Mbps or higher threshold about two-thirds of the time, while CenturyLink struggles with only half of samples seen on their network meeting or exceeding that acceptable speed threshold,” the study says.

Nationwide results are more about bragging rights than anything else, though, because most Americans don’t have a broad selection of ISPs. So Ookla also broke down the fastest ISPs for 100 different metro areas. Xfinity wins the battle followed by Verizon, Cox and Specturm respectively.

In results, Its clear that where there’s a smaller, local competitor, it’s often the one to go with. Google Fiber torched the competition in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Kansas City and Raleigh, and its Webpass product won in Miami and Oakland, CA. Other small competitors including Sonic Internet in San Francisco, Wave G in Seattle, and Buckeye Cablesystem in Toledo also took their cities.
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