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17 Fast Internet Service Providers

When comparing Internet service providers (ISPs), a good tool to use is the Netflix ISP Speed Index. The index publishes the average performance of all Netflix streams on each ISP network. While the average speeds are well below the peak performance speeds of the ISPs (due to many factors, including the variety of encodes Netflix uses), these relative rankings are a good indicator of the consistent performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network.

Here is a list of the fastest ISPs in the United States, per the Netflix ISP Speed Index. Each ISP offers a variety of deals for packaged residential and business services. Check each site to compare services, as well as plan restrictions. Also see the Netflix ISP Speed Index for monthly updates, as well as ISP results outside of the United States.

Fast ISPs

Google Fiber. Google has begun its Google Fiber rollout of its gigabit broadband network. Google claims its network, with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps, delivers a connection that is 10 times faster that today’s average broadband speed. Unfortunately, Google Fiber is only available in Kansas City, Kan., Kansas City, Mo., Provo, and Austin. Avg. Netflix Speed: 3.78 Mbps. Price: Basic Internet plan is free (plus $30-$300 construction fees). Gigabit Internet is $70 per month.

Google Fiber website

Google Fiber.

Optimum. Optimum Online offers a basic service with download speeds up to 15 Mbps and upload speeds up to 5 Mbps. Get a free router and WiFi access at over 100,000 Optimum hotspots. Optimum also provides up to 5 email accounts, each with 500 MB of space. Avg. Netflix Speed: 2.92 Mbps. Price: Plans start at $29.95 per month.

Cox. Cox offers business-class speed packages of up to 100 Mbps. Its basic business plan features download speeds up to 10 Mbps and upload speeds up to 2 Mbps, as well as 10 email boxes. Cox also features online backup with 5 GB of space. Avg. Netflix Speed: 2.69 Mbps. Price: Plans start at $69.99 per month.

Suddenlink. Suddenlink offers speeds up to 107 Mbps. Its basic plan features download speeds up to 15 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1.5 Mbps. Suddenlink provides up to 10 email accounts and 2 GB of storage. Avg. Netflix Speed: 2.52 Mbps. Price: Plans start at $35 per month.

Suddenlink website

Suddenlink.

Charter. Charter offers download speeds up to 30 Mbps and 4 Mbps upload speeds. Chapter also features a security suite to block unwanted websites and keep identity thieves out of your email inbox. Avg. Netflix Speed: 2.16 Mbps. Price: $29.99 per month.

Time Warner Cable. Time Warner Cable offers download speeds up to 50 Mbps and upload speeds up to 5 Mbps. Its cheapest plan features 2 Mbps download speeds, 1 Mbps upload speeds, and 5 email accounts with 100 MB of storage space. Time Warner Cable also features access to its network of WiFi hotspots. Avg. Netflix Speed: 2.01 Mbps. Price: Plans start at $14.99 per month.

Verizon FiOS. Verizon FiOS offers download speeds up to 500 Mbps and upload speeds up to 100 Mbps. Verizon FiOS offers a small business plan with 15 Mbps downloads and 5 Mbps uploads. Verizon FiOS also offers online backup and data protection services. Avg. Netflix Speed: 1.82 Mbps. Price: Plans start at $49.99 per month.

Bright House. Bright House offers download speeds up to 90 Mbps and upload speeds up to 10 Mbps. Its standard business plan features 25 Mbps download speeds, 2 Mbps upload speeds, and 25 email accounts. Bright House features McAfee antivirus software and WiFi access. Avg. Netflix Speed: 1.78 Mbps. Price: Business plans start at $50 per month.

Bright House website

Bright House.

Windstream. Windstream offer business Internet plans with speeds up to 40 Mbps. Its basic business plan features 3 Mbps download speeds and 768 Kbps upload speeds. All plans include domain registration for one year and three email accounts. Avg. Netflix Speed: 1.70 Mbps. Price: Business plans start at $39.99 per month.

Frontier. Frontier offers download speeds up to 40 Mbps. Its basic plan for small businesses features up to 7 Mbps download speeds and a free WiFi router. Business plans provide up to 8 email accounts. Avg. Netflix Speed: 1.68 Mbps. Price: Business plans start at $49.99 per month.

CenturyLink. CenturyLink offers plans with speeds up to 40 Mbps. CenturyLink features a comprehensive suite of online backup and Internet security services. Its basic plan offers download speeds up to 3 Mbps. Avg. Netflix Speed: 1.64 Mbps. Price: $39.95 per month.

CenturyLink website

CenturyLink.

AT&T U-verse. AT&T U-Verse offers download speeds up to 45 Mbps. It features a personalized home page, email accounts with 2 GB of storage, and online security protection. Its basic package offers download speeds up to 3 Mbps. Avg. Netflix Speed: 1.59 Mbps. Price: Plans start at $29.95 per month.

Mediacom. Mediacom offers download speeds up to 105 Mbps and upload speeds up to 10 Mbps. Its basic plan offers download speeds up to 3 Mbps and upload speeds up to 512 Kbps. Its business plan offers 10 Mbps download speeds and 1 Mbps upload speeds. Avg. Netflix Speed: 1.53 Mbps. Price: Business plans start at $69.95 per month.

Mediacom website

Mediacom.

Comcast. Comcast offers download speeds up to 105 Mbps. Its basic business plan offers 16 Mbps download speeds and 3 Mbps upload speeds. It also features 2 email boxes, Norton security, Microsoft Outlook and Sharepoint, and more. Avg. Netflix Speed: 1.51 Mbps. Price: Business plans start at $69.95 per month.

AT&T DSL. AT&T DSL offers download speeds up to 6 Mbps. Its basic plan offers download speeds up to 768 Kbps. It offers access to the nationwide AT&T WiFi network of hotspots. Avg. Netflix Speed: 1.07 Mbps. Price: Plans start at $19.95 per month.

Clearwire. Clearwire has now joined Sprint. Avg. Netflix Speed: 0.99 Mbps.

Verizon DSL. Verizon DSL offers download speeds up to 15 Mbps and upload speeds up to 768 Kbps, with 9 email accounts and access to Verizon WiFi hotspots. Its basic plan offers 1 Mbps downloads and 384 Kbps uploads. Avg. Netflix Speed: 0.97 Mbps. Price: Plans start at $19.99 per month.

Verizon website

Verizon.

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