Move Over, Cox: New Data Reveals Spectrum Fastest Internet Service Provider

What is happening

Every quarter, Ookla compiles data and insights gathered from millions of customer uses of its Speedtest.net tool.

why is it important

It’s a three-month status check on the speeds Americans get from their internet service providers. As we rely more on our home broadband connections for work and play, we increase our need for speed (and reliability) from our ISPs.

The latest Ookla Speedtest Intelligence report, released this week, tabulated Spectrum as the fastest fixed broadband provider among major US internet service providers, with Spectrum taking the place of coxswain, who held it earlier in the year. Spectrum was recorded at a median download speed of 211.66 megabits per second, compared to Cox’s 196.52 Mbps.

These new results cover data collected from July through September 2022. ISPs must be included in 3% or more of Ookla’s total test samples to be considered a top provider in this report. So far for 2022, three different providers have taken over as the fastest ISP: Verizon finished on top to start the year, Cox took pole position on the next lap, and now Spectrum has bragging rights.

List of the seven fastest ISPs in the United States

Ok so

Taking a closer look at the figures for the third quarter of 2022, Spectrum jumped significantly from third place last time (at 183.74 Mbps) to first place here, just below 212 Mbps. That’s the biggest increase – nearly 28 Mbps – of any provider listed in the top seven. AT&T, which actually jumped from fifth to sixth place, saw the second-highest growth, rising from 146.64 Mbps to 167.32 Mbps. Also note, Optimum debuted on the list, ranking fifth with a median download speed of 176.03 Mbps.

Spectrum also ranked first in Ookla’s consistency score, which tracks how often a provider meets the minimum broadband standard (currently 25 Mbps download, 3 Mbps upload — which is -even a obsolete measure, but that’s a discussion for another time). It hit that mark just over 91% of the time, with Xfinity and Cox as the only other ISPs to achieve 90% or more.

Finally, Spectrum also performed well regionally. It was the fastest fixed broadband provider in 17 of the country’s 100 most populous cities (an increase of six over the last period), including dallas and San Diego. It was also the fastest ISP in 11 states: CaliforniaGeorgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Montana, Ohio, TexasWisconsin and Wyoming.

It will be interesting to see if we get another new champion when Ookla compiles their next report after the close of the year or if Spectrum can hold on to the top spot.

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