The Fastest Internet Providers 2020

We compiled data from more than 2.4 million speed test results to find the fastest internet providers in the US and in your area.

Fastest internet providers in the US

RankProviderWeighted speed scoreMax advertised speedCostView plans
#1 Google Fiber 99.361,000 Mbps$70/moView plans
#2 Verizon 91.53940 Mbps$79.99/mo*View plans
#3 RCN 67.48940 Mbps$59.99/moView plans
#4 Hotwire Communications, Ltd. 66.751,000 Mbps$49.95/moView plans
#5 Xfinity 65.972,000 Mbps$299.95/moView plans
Rank#1
Provider Google Fiber
Weighted speed score99.36
Max advertised speed1,000 Mbps
Cost$70/mo
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Rank#2
Provider Verizon
Weighted speed score91.53
Max advertised speed940 Mbps
Cost$79.99/mo*
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Rank#3
Provider RCN
Weighted speed score67.48
Max advertised speed940 Mbps
Cost$59.99/mo
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Rank#4
Provider Hotwire Communications, Ltd.
Weighted speed score66.75
Max advertised speed1,000 Mbps
Cost$49.95/mo
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Rank#5
Provider Xfinity
Weighted speed score65.97
Max advertised speed2,000 Mbps
Cost$299.95/mo
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According to our research, Google Fiber has the fastest average internet speeds in the US, followed closely by Verizon Fios. These two fiber internet providers have impressive upload speeds, download speeds, and ping rates.

We used all those metrics to calculate a weighted speed score, which you can read more about in the methodology section further down. The main thing you need to know as you read this report is that the score represents the provider’s internet speed performance, but it isn’t actually an internet speed.

RCN, Hotwire Communications, and Xfinity also average respectable speeds. But these companies have a disadvantage in the form of asymmetric upload speeds. That means that the internet service providers (ISPs) generally give customers much slower upload speeds than the advertised download speeds. It’s usually about 10%, so a 100 Mbps connection would have only 10 Mbps of upload bandwidth.

Many cable and DSL internet plans have asymmetric speeds, and that upload speed cap definitely affected our weighted speed scores. You can see that in the gap between mainly fiber internet providers and mainly cable or DSL internet providers in this and all the fastest regional provider lineups.

We chose to narrow down our list of the fastest internet providers in the US by filtering out the providers that are available only in small areas. Providers with service in at least five states were under consideration for the nationwide list, but you can see more about the superstar smaller ISPs in their respective regional lists.

Internet providers with the fastest advertised speeds in the US

RankProviderInternet typeMax advertised download speedGet connected
#1 Xfinity Cable2,000 MbpsView plans
#2 Spectrum Cable940 MbpsView plans
#3 Frontier Fiber940 MbpsView plans
#4 Verizon Fiber940 MbpsView plans
#5 Optimum Cable, fiber940 MbpsView plans
Rank#1
Provider Xfinity
Internet typeCable
Max advertised download speed2,000 Mbps
Get connectedView plans
Rank#2
Provider Spectrum
Internet typeCable
Max advertised download speed940 Mbps
Get connectedView plans
Rank#3
Provider Frontier
Internet typeFiber
Max advertised download speed940 Mbps
Get connectedView plans
Rank#4
Provider Verizon
Internet typeFiber
Max advertised download speed940 Mbps
Get connectedView plans
Rank#5
Provider Optimum
Internet typeCable, fiber
Max advertised download speed940 Mbps
Get connectedView plans

The fastest residential internet speeds usually top out around 1,000 Mbps. Xfinity offers speeds up to 2,000 Mbps, but that plan is a little cost prohibitive at this point. And there are a few providers sprinkled throughout the US (like EPB Fiber Optics in Chattanooga, TN) that offer speeds up to 10,000 Mbps. But those are pretty rare and almost certainly overkill.

Almost every ISP has a gigabit internet plan nowadays. So to identify the internet service providers with the fastest advertised speeds in the US, we used data from the Federal Communications Commission’s Eighth Measuring Broadband America Report. We included providers on this list who had at least 90% actual-to-advertised speeds for most users according to the report (because it’s no use paying for top speeds if you’re constantly getting less than you pay for).

Pro tip:

Speaking of getting the speeds you pay for, you should regularly test your internet speed to make sure you’re getting the most out of your internet connection.

Fastest internet providers by region

The fastest providers in New York City aren’t the same as the ones in Los Angeles. The US is a massive country, so we broke down our data set into four regional categories to help you find the fastest internet speeds in your neck of the woods.

Jump to: Northeast | Midwest | South | West

Fastest internet providers in the Northeast

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont

RankProviderInternet typeWeighted speed scoreMax advertised download speedGet connected
#1 Verizon Fiber94.81940 MbpsView plans
#2 RCN Cable, fiber67.681,000 MbpsView plans
#3 Xfinity Cable66.502,000 MbpsView plans
#4 Optimum Cable, fiber60.13940 MbpsView plans
#5 Cox Communications Cable54.06940 MbpsView plans
Rank#1
Provider Verizon
Internet typeFiber
Weighted speed score94.81
Max advertised download speed940 Mbps
Get connectedView plans
Rank#2
Provider RCN
Internet typeCable, fiber
Weighted speed score67.68
Max advertised download speed1,000 Mbps
Get connectedView plans
Rank#3
Provider Xfinity
Internet typeCable
Weighted speed score66.50
Max advertised download speed2,000 Mbps
Get connectedView plans
Rank#4
Provider Optimum
Internet typeCable, fiber
Weighted speed score60.13
Max advertised download speed940 Mbps
Get connectedView plans
Rank#5
Provider Cox Communications
Internet typeCable
Weighted speed score54.06
Max advertised download speed940 Mbps
Get connectedView plans

Verizon Fios takes the top speed spot in our rankings for the Northeast. That’s no surprise, seeing as the fiber internet provider also earned first place in J.D. Power’s 2019 U.S. Internet Service Provider Satisfaction Study for the East and came out on top of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) Telecommunications Report 2018-2019 as well.

In particular, Verizon Fios had notably higher average upload speeds than other providers in the region, which is typical for fiber internet service compared to cable.

That doesn’t mean cable internet is slow. Four of the Northeast’s fastest ISPs are cable internet providers. All of them offer gigabit (or close) internet speeds.

Fastest internet providers in the Midwest

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

RankProviderInternet typeWeighted speed scoreMax advertised download speedGet connected
#1 Allo Communications DSL, fiber89.331,000 MbpsView plans
#2 MetroNet Fiber81.421,000 MbpsView plans
#3 RCN Cable, fiber69.091,000 MbpsView plans
#4 Xfinity Cable54.772,000 MbpsView plans
#5 Cincinnati Bell DSL, fiber, cable46.631,000 MbpsView plans
Rank#1
Provider Allo Communications
Internet typeDSL, fiber
Weighted speed score89.33
Max advertised download speed1,000 Mbps
Get connectedView plans
Rank#2
Provider MetroNet
Internet typeFiber
Weighted speed score81.42
Max advertised download speed1,000 Mbps
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Rank#3
Provider RCN
Internet typeCable, fiber
Weighted speed score69.09
Max advertised download speed1,000 Mbps
Get connectedView plans
Rank#4
Provider Xfinity
Internet typeCable
Weighted speed score54.77
Max advertised download speed2,000 Mbps
Get connectedView plans
Rank#5
Provider Cincinnati Bell
Internet typeDSL, fiber, cable
Weighted speed score46.63
Max advertised download speed1,000 Mbps
Get connectedView plans

With the exception of Xfinity, local internet providers dominate the Midwest. Allo Communications, Metronet, RCN, and Cincinnati Bell all have relatively small service areas in only a few states in the region:

  • Allo Communications is available throughout Nebraska.
  • Metronet is available in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.
  • RCN is available mostly in East Coast cities but offers service in Chicago as well.
  • Cincinnati Bell is available in Ohio with some coverage in Indiana and Kentucky.

While these local providers offer the fastest speeds, they don’t have the widest availability. Xfinity offers a bit of both with better coverage and fast speeds. But it’s telling that the Midwest’s fastest internet providers are so limited and concentrated around bigger cities.

Pro tip:

Much of the rural Midwest exists outside of service areas for cable and fiber internet. If you’re out in the boonies but still want the best connection possible, check out our guide to rural internet.

Fastest internet providers in the South

Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, D.C., and West Virginia

RankProviderInternet typeWeighted speed scoreMax advertised download speedGet connected
#1 Google Fiber Fiber100.551,000 MbpsView plans
#2 EPB Fiber91.9610,000 MbpsView plans
#3 Verizon Fiber90.20940 MbpsView plans
#4 Xfinity Cable68.452,000 MbpsView plans
#5 Hotwire Communications, Ltd. Fiber67.471,000 MbpsView plans
Rank#1
Provider Google Fiber
Internet typeFiber
Weighted speed score100.55
Max advertised download speed1,000 Mbps
Get connectedView plans
Rank#2
Provider EPB
Internet typeFiber
Weighted speed score91.96
Max advertised download speed10,000 Mbps
Get connectedView plans
Rank#3
Provider Verizon
Internet typeFiber
Weighted speed score90.20
Max advertised download speed940 Mbps
Get connectedView plans
Rank#4
Provider Xfinity
Internet typeCable
Weighted speed score68.45
Max advertised download speed2,000 Mbps
Get connectedView plans
Rank#5
Provider Hotwire Communications, Ltd.
Internet typeFiber
Weighted speed score67.47
Max advertised download speed1,000 Mbps
Get connectedView plans

The South’s fastest ISPs have a higher average speed score than other regions in the US. The Northeast, West, and Midwest have an average around 68–69, while the South’s providers have an average of 83.7.

One reason for this is that both Xfinity and Google Fiber have higher speed scores in the South than in other parts of the country. There are also more fiber-only internet companies on this list.

Fiber is the fastest type of internet, and it really boosts speed scores. But if a provider also offers DSL services, those can drag down the overall average speeds from that provider, which results in a lower score. You don’t have to worry about that here.

Fastest internet providers in the West

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

RankProviderInternet typeWeighted speed scoreMax advertised download speedGet connected
#1 Google Fiber Fiber87.31,000 MbpsView plans
#2 Sonic DSL, fiber78.261,000 MbpsView plans
#3 Xfinity Cable67.062,000 MbpsView plans
#4 Frontier DSL, fiber58.32940 MbpsView plans
#5 Wave Broadband Advertisement Cable, fiber57.36940 MbpsView plans
Rank#1
Provider Google Fiber
Internet typeFiber
Weighted speed score87.3
Max advertised download speed1,000 Mbps
Get connectedView plans
Rank#2
Provider Sonic
Internet typeDSL, fiber
Weighted speed score78.26
Max advertised download speed1,000 Mbps
Get connectedView plans
Rank#3
Provider Xfinity
Internet typeCable
Weighted speed score67.06
Max advertised download speed2,000 Mbps
Get connectedView plans
Rank#4
Provider Frontier
Internet typeDSL, fiber
Weighted speed score58.32
Max advertised download speed940 Mbps
Get connectedView plans
Rank#5
Provider Wave Broadband Advertisement
Internet typeCable, fiber
Weighted speed score57.36
Max advertised download speed940 Mbps
Get connectedView plans

It’s no surprise that Google Fiber has the fastest internet in the West. It has the highest speed score in the whole country. And in areas that don’t have access to the very fastest, you can still get ridiculously fast internet speeds with one of many fiber internet providers, whether you’re on the coast, up the mountains, or in the desert.

Frontier and Sonic.net both give you two options: DSL or fiber. If you’re looking for top speeds, we’d advise splurging for fiber. It’s simply much faster, though many fiber networks have much smaller coverage areas than other types of internet.

Fastest internet by type

Fiber

86%

of the fastest ISPs use fiber

Cable icon

43%

of the fastest ISPs use cable

DSL icon

29%

of the fastest ISPs use DSL*

What is the fastest type of internet?

Fiber-optic internet is the fastest type of internet. Across the US, fiber internet providers ranked highest in our speed comparisons. Cable internet also made a good showing among the fastest internet service providers in the US. Both fiber internet and cable internet offer speeds up to (and sometimes exceeding) 1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps).

Beyond cable and fiber, there are several types of internet connections, and each type can affect your speeds in different ways:

Fiber is currently the fastest type of internet available, with speeds up to 10,000 Mbps in a few areas. It uses glass fiber-optic threads bundled together to transfer light signals, which are fast and reliable over long distances. Fiber isn’t affected by speed issues common in older types of internet connections.

Cable internet uses buried copper coaxial cables and electrical signals to transfer internet. While it can reach gigabit internet speeds, cable has more limited bandwidth than fiber. This can cause network congestion when too many internet users in one area are online at the same time.

DSL stands for digital subscriber line internet. It uses landline phone wires to deliver internet, but it’s a newer technology that allows much faster speeds than dial-up. But because it still uses older telephone infrastructure, DSL is less reliable than cable or fiber, and its top speeds max out around 100 Mbps.

Satellite internet uses wireless signals between your home, a satellite orbiting earth, and the provider. This tech can currently reach speeds up to 100 Mbps, but it has much higher latency than other types of internet because all your data has to travel literally thousands of miles. The satellite signals can also be interrupted by bad weather.

Fixed wireless internet works very similarly to satellite internet, but it uses tall tower transmitters as the midpoint instead of a satellite. The main limitation to fixed wireless is that it requires line-of-sight to transmit signals. Most fixed-wireless carriers currently offer limited speeds, often not reaching over 100 Mbps. But the technology has a lot of potential to deliver speeds that could match fiber, especially with the emergence of 5G.

Cellular connections, also known as mobile or wireless, connect your mobile devices to the internet via cell towers. This differs from other forms of internet because it’s not a one-to-one connection. Every mobile device connected to a cell tower shares the same bandwidth, which can dramatically affect speeds if the network gets congested.

How we ranked the fastest internet providers in the US

We used data from more than 2.4 million speed tests taken between January 1, 2019 and February 24, 2020 to calculate the internet providers with the fastest average upload and download speeds in the US.

Instead of presenting the straight up-and-down average speeds, we assigned each ISP a weighted speed score, which is a combination of the average download speed (70%), upload speed (20%), and latency (10%). We calculated these separately for each of four geographic regions as well as the US as a whole.

While speed data was used to calculate our weighted speed scores, the scores themselves are not actual internet speeds. But, like speeds, the higher the score, the better.

Our data is based on averages across many different internet plans and locations, so your experience might not exactly match our results. It’s definitely possible for you to have service from one of the fastest internet providers and still have slower internet speeds.

Looking for the fastest internet providers in your area? Run your ZIP to compare speeds and prices near you.

Author -

Rebecca is a natural techie and the friend you turn to when your Wi-Fi randomly stops working. Since graduating from the University of Evansville with a degree in creative writing, Rebecca has leveraged her tech savvy to write hundreds of data-driven tech product and service reviews. In addition to HighSpeedInternet.com, her work has been featured on Top Ten Reviews, MacSources, Windows Central, Android Central, Best Company, TechnoFAQ and iMore.

Editor - Cara Haynes

Cara Haynes has edited for HighSpeedInternet.com for three years, working with smart writers to revise everything from internet reviews to reports on your state’s favorite Netflix show. She believes no one should feel lost in internet land and that a good internet connection significantly extends your life span (buffering kills). With a degree in English and editing and five years working with online content, it’s safe to say she likes words on the internet. She is most likely to be seen wearing Birkenstocks and hanging out with a bouncy goldendoodle named Dobby, who is a literal fur angel sent to Earth.

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