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The Fastest Internet Providers in 2023

Fastest overall
  • Fastest fiber-optic speeds in the United States
  • Very limited availability

Prices: $70.00–$100.00mo.

Integrated speed score: 185.2

Max advertised speeds: 2,000 Mbps

 

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Data shows that American internet speeds are getting faster—a lot faster. But what are the fastest internet providers around?

According to our analysis of millions of results on our internet speed test, Google Fiber is the fastest internet provider in the United States. Its average upload and download speeds dominate over other, much larger internet service providers (ISPs)—often by a wide margin. But it’s not the only fast ISP in the US. Xfinity, Verizon, and MetroNet also rank in the top five for fastest speeds.

The question of which internet providers give customers the fastest speeds has never been more timely, as more Americans need a fast connection to get by and more ISPs compete to one-up each other on the fastest internet plans possible. There are multiple ways of looking at internet speed, and in this report, we dive deeper into the question of which ISPs are the fastest and why.

To get answers, we’ve analyzed four years’ worth of speed test data from HighSpeedInternet.com’s speed test tool. Millions of netizens take our speed test each year, and the results give us a comprehensive view of how internet speeds have been shaped by industry developments, technological advancements, and the global COVID-19 pandemic. Below, you’ll find our rankings for the fastest internet providers in the United States, along with an analysis of how major ISPs’ speeds have improved almost universally since 2018.

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Google Fiber is the fastest internet provider

RankProviderIntegrated Speed Score (ISS)**Max advertised speedView plans
#1Google Fiber170.02,000 MbpsView Plans
#2Verizon Fios156.02,048 Mbps
#3MetroNet147.71,000 MbpsView Plans
#4Xfinity139.9Up to 1,200 MbpsView Plans
#5Astound Broadband133.31,200 Mbps

Google Fiber is the fastest internet provider in the United States, delivering the fastest average speeds to its customers on the most consistent basis. With maximum advertised speeds up to 2,000 Mbps and 12-month average download speeds of 167.1 Mbps, the fiber provider earns an integrated speed score (ISS) of 185.2.

The ISS is HighSpeedInternet.com’s method for ranking internet speed performance. It’s based on a combination of 90% of a provider’s average download speed with 10% of the same provider’s average upload speed. We came up with the score based on analyzing data from 2.6 million speed tests conducted with our internet speed test tool from June 1, 2021, to June 1, 2022.

Though it’s available in only 19 cities, Google’s flagship fiber-optic service has been the fastest internet provider since 2018, handily beating out all competitors every year.

But other providers have also shown impressive scores. Verizon is the second-fastest internet provider, with max advertised speeds up to 2,048 Mbps and an ISS of 156.0. Xfinity, MetroNet, and AT&T all come in close behind with scores ranging from 133.3 to 147.7.

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Which internet providers advertise the fastest speeds?

ProviderMax speedPrice for fastest planMore info
AT&T5,000 Mbps$180.00/mo.View Plans
Ziply5,000 Mbps$300.00/mo.View Plans
OptimumUp to 5,000 Mbps$180.00/mo.View Plans
VerizonUp to 2,048 Mbps$119.99/mo.
Google Fiber2,000 Mbps$100.00/mo.View Plans
Frontier2,000 Mbps$149.99/mo.View Plans
Xfinity1,200 Mbps$80.00/mo.View Plans
Astound BroadbandUp to 1,200 Mbps$54.99/mo.
Mediacom1,000 Mbps$69.99/mo.View Plans
MetroNet1,000 Mbps$69.95/mo.View Plans
CoxUp to 1,000 Mbps$99.99/mo.View Plans
SpectrumUp to 1,000 Mbps$89.99/mo.View Plans
CenturyLink940 Mbps$70.00/mo.

A growing number of fiber and cable internet providers have been racing to boost their internet plans to new multigigabit heights. AT&T, Ziply, and Optimum now offer plans with 2,000 Mbps and 5,000 Mbps in select areas. Xfinity has a much-touted (but hard to find) plan that reaches 6,000 Mbps. Google Fiber and Frontier also have 2,000 Mbps plans. Smaller providers like Advanced Stream and Miles Broadband offer 10,000 Mbps plans.

Most internet providers offer top speeds of 940–1,000 Mbps. Anything faster isn’t necessary for the majority of internet users—and high prices and limited availability may make some of these plans out of reach anyway. Even 1,000 Mbps is a stretch, and most people have much slower speeds. But it’s clear from this push towards ever faster speeds that high bandwidth is a major selling point for internet users who are spending more time each year on the net.

Take our speed test to see what kind of bandwidth you have at home. You might be better off with a faster plan.

Other key findings and trends

In addition to showing the fastest internet providers according to the latest data, our report also delves into longterm trends that have been taking place since 2018. Read on for our analysis on the following major developments in internet speed.

  • Internet speeds get faster across the board. All the major fiber, cable, and DSL (digital subscriber line) internet providers we looked into have shown a steady increase in speeds from 2018 to 2021.
  • Providers compete to offer the fastest multigigabit speeds. Several internet providers now offer multigigabit speeds on residential internet plans, with top speeds reaching up to 5,000 Mbps.
  • Average speeds have tripled for some providers. Between 2018 and 2021, average internet speeds among major internet providers have gone up by as much as 192%. Fiber providers showed the biggest gains.
  • DSL declined, fiber expanded, and cable accelerated. Some internet providers saw huge gains as they pivoted away from DSL services to expand affordable fiber-optic offerings.

Is speed all that matters? Here’s what internet users think

Although Spectrum and Sparklight don’t have the fastest internet speed test results, these providers do have some of the happiest customers when it comes to internet speed. That’s according to our most recent customer satisfaction survey, an annual report in which we ask thousands of internet customers to rate their experiences with the biggest US internet service providers.

Our survey findings make it clear that the fastest internet speed isn’t always everything. An internet provider can make a customer happy not just by delivering fast speeds, but by simply delivering on the speeds the provider promised.

Our survey findings make it clear that the fastest internet speed isn’t always everything. An internet provider can serve a customer well not just by delivering fast speeds, but by simply delivering on the speeds the provider promised.

In our survey, Spectrum and Sparklight tied with Verizon and Xfinity in the internet speed category for national providers—all received a score of 4.0 out of 5. Tied for second place are a batch of providers that all have a score of 3.9: Mediacom, EarthLink, Cox, and Astound Broadband.

While Verizon and EarthLink are fiber providers, the rest of these providers deliver cable internet. Cable is technically slower than fiber, but it’s still capable of delivering gigabit download speeds. But even slower cable plans are solid for many people, and they cost less money too.

Sometimes you don’t need the fastest internet connection just because you can get it.

Take a look at our “How Much Internet Speed Do I Need?” tool to get an idea of how much bandwidth is right for your household.

Methodology: How HighSpeedInternet.com ranked the fastest internet providers in the US

We measure providers’ internet speeds using our own internet speed test. Millions of internet users take our test each year, and we recalculate the results every three months to generate an integrated speed score (ISS) for the top-performing internet providers.

We calculate the ISS by adding 90% of a provider’s average download speed to 10% of the provider’s average upload speed, a blend that reflects the relative importance of these different speeds to a user’s needs.

Most internet providers advertise only download speed as the standard-bearer for internet speed as a whole. We factor in upload speeds as well because they’re important to consider as internet users increasingly depend on upload bandwidth for Zoom, livestreams, and social media.

For this edition of our report, we also pulled data from 16 major internet service providers going back to 2018 in order to analyze internet speed trends over time. We looked at average annual download speeds for each provider in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and the first months of 2022. And we studied average monthly download speeds for each provider from July 2019 through to February 2022.

Fastest internet providers—the raw data

The tables below offer a sampling of some of the raw data we used to calculate the fastest internet providers. There are a lot of ways to look at the fastest internet providers—and we chose these data points to show an accurate picture of how speed works, rather than simply relying on advertised numbers from providers.

Fastest average download speeds, June 1, 2021–June 1, 2022

ProviderAvg. download speed, June ’21–June ’22*Connection typeGet connected
Google Fiber167.1 MbpsFiberView Plans
Verizon Fios158.6 MbpsFiber
Xfinity155.7 MbpsCableView Plans
MetroNet147.3 MbpsFiberView Plans
AT&T128.1 MbpsFiberView Plans

*Data effective 6/17/22. Data taken from internet user results conducted on HighSpeedInternet.com’s speed test between June 1, 2021, to June 1, 2022. Not all speeds and packages available in all areas and are subject to change.

We used these average download speeds to help generate the integrated speed scores for the above sections on the fastest internet providers of the past 12 months and the fastest regional internet providers. Some of the providers ended up ranking higher because we also factored in average upload speeds to generate our Integrated Speed Score.

Fastest average download speeds, 2018–2021

ProviderAvg. download speed, 2018Avg. download speed, 2019Avg. download speed, 2020Avg. download speed, 2021View plans
Astound Broadband73 Mbps81 Mbps120 Mbps133 Mbps
AT&T40 Mbps57 Mbps96 Mbps117 MbpsView Plans
CenturyLink33 Mbps38 Mbps55 Mbps63 Mbps
Cox51 Mbps58 Mbps112 Mbps135 MbpsView Plans
Frontier47 Mbps59 Mbps94 Mbps107 MbpsView Plans
Google Fiber96 Mbps105 Mbps151 Mbps164 MbpsView Plans
HughesNet11 Mbps11 Mbps8 Mbps8 Mbps
Mediacom46 Mbps53 Mbps87 Mbps115 MbpsView Plans
MetroNet91 Mbps88 Mbps119 Mbps142 MbpsView Plans
Optimum56 Mbps64 Mbps100 Mbps127 MbpsView Plans
Spectrum52 Mbps59 Mbps93 Mbps110 MbpsView Plans
StarlinkN/A*N/A*52 Mbps55 MbpsView Plans
Verizon85 Mbps88 Mbps127 Mbps145 Mbps
Viasat15 Mbps16 Mbps13 Mbps14 Mbps
Xfinity66 Mbps79 Mbps116 Mbps143 MbpsView Plans

We used this data to analyze average download speeds for our report’s sections on the fastest internet speeds, 2018–2021 and most improved providers, 2018–2021.

A timeline of multigigabit speeds, 2015–2022

DateInternet speed change
April 2015Xfinity announces Gigabit Pro plan with 2,000 Mbps speeds.7
October 2015Chattanooga, TN boosts its citywide fiber network to 10,000 Mbps speeds.19
September 2020Google Fiber launches trial run of its 2,000 Mbps plan in parts of Tennessee and Alabama.8
November 2021Xfinity raises Gigabit Pro speeds from 2,000 Mbps to 3,000 Mbps.9
January 2022AT&T and Ziply announce new multigigabit plans, each offering tiers of 2,000 Mbps and 5,000 Mbps.10, 11
February 2022Frontier introduces 2,000 Mbps service.
May 2022Optimum introduces 2,000 Mbps and 5,000 Mbps fiber service in the New York tri-state area.20

As we explain in our section on the recent race among ISPs to increase internet speeds, Xfinity was the first major internet provider to offer a residential internet plan with multigigabit speeds—it introduced the 2,000 Mbps Gigabit Pro plan way back in 2015. But the biggest run towards higher speeds has happened over the past two years.

Google Fiber announced a trial run for its 2,000 Mbps speed tier in September 2020. Xfinity upped its Gigabit Pro plan to 3,000 Mbps in November 2021. AT&T, Frontier, and Ziply all unveiled multigigabit plans in January and February 2022.

Why are an internet provider’s measured speeds often slower than advertised speeds?

As you look at the numbers, you may be startled to see the huge differences between the average tested speeds that most people get and the max speeds these internet providers are capable of delivering.

For example, Google Fiber advertises internet plans with gigabit speeds of either 1,000 Mbps or 2,000 Mbps, and our speed test results show that some customers get very close to that mythical 2 Gbps peak.

However, the majority of Google Fiber’s customers clearly get far slower speeds, considering that the average speeds are less than a tenth of the top speed. It’s likely many customers are on older plans, since Google Fiber used to offer 100 Mbps plans until 2019 and at one point it had 25 Mbps plans available in certain areas.

This is the case for many internet providers, and there are a few reasons why.

Why measured speeds are slower than advertised speeds

  • Customers can be on older, slower plans that are no longer advertised by their provider.
  • The fastest internet plans aren’t always widely available or widely purchased.
  • Some internet plans are too fast or too expensive for the average user.
  • Internet speeds can slow down over Wi-Fi due to wireless signal interference.
  • Routers and other equipment can slow home network speeds.
  • Some providers don’t actually deliver on the promise of advertised speeds.

In short, just because a provider’s average speed is slower than the internet speeds you want doesn’t mean that’s the speed you’ll get. You can opt for faster speeds from any of these providers, so long as they offer internet in your service area.

Want to get the fastest internet possible? See what’s available from the fastest internet providers in your area.

Sources

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Peter Holslin has more than a decade of experience working as a writer and freelance journalist. He graduated with a BA in liberal arts and journalism from New York City’s The New School University in 2008 and went on to contribute to publications like Rolling Stone, VICE, BuzzFeed, and countless others. At HighSpeedInternet.com, he focuses on covering 5G, nerding out about frequency bands and virtual RAN, and producing reviews on emerging services like 5G home internet. He also writes about internet providers and packages, hotspots, VPNs, and Wi-Fi troubleshooting.