In this article, I will tell you about Fastest Internet in the US. Every quarter of the year, internet speed-test company Ookla publishes data collected from millions of people using its Speedtest.net tool to determine which internet provider offers the fastest median download speeds. When it comes to awarding the title of America’s fastest fixed internet service provider, Spectrum and Xfinity have been trading places back and forth since last summer. Now the verdict for the first three months of 2023 is in, and Spectrum is back on top.
Spectrum, Charter Communications’ internet service provider, took the pole position with a median download speed of just under 235 megabits per second, beating out the previous quarter’s winner, Comcast’s Xfinity, which finished the first quarter of 2023 with a median download speed of just shy of 233Mbps.
To qualify as one of the country’s top internet providers in this survey, an ISP must appear in 3% or more of the total test data taken during the three-month period. For example, EPB, a provider in Chattanooga, Tennessee, boasts the country’s fastest residential internet plan at 25 gigabits per second (or 25,000Mbps). But since it’s only available in that portion of the country, it won’t appear on the national list (though it certainly topped the list for Tennessee).
Also of note is that the 3% threshold is based on the data taken from tests run by customers across the country, not simply whether a provider covers 3% of the country. T-Mobile Home Internet, for example, is now available to 60% of the country, according to the 2022 Communications Marketplace Report released by the Federal Communications Commission in December 2022. However, its customer base, which has grown to over 2.6 million subscribers, was not quite large enough for it to crack into consideration on that top list.
Though Spectrum’s speed test results with Ookla garnered a median download speed rating of 235Mbps, that doesn’t equate to every Spectrum subscriber getting at least 235Mbps. Nor does it mean that some Spectrum subscribers won’t see speeds faster than that — Spectrum offers a gigabit plan with 940Mbps download speeds. It’s simply a good snapshot of what a typical US customer might experience with their internet service.
Will Spectrum hold on to that prime spot? Can Xfinity bounce back? Or will Cox, which took the lead for April to June 2022, find its way back to the top? We’ll be watching to see what happens with 2023’s second-quarter results.