One of the best tools you can use to help you decide whether it’s time for a new high-speed Internet plan, or whether your current Internet Service Provider (ISP) gives you all the speed you pay for is an online speed test. Ookla’s is one of the most popular tools for this, performing more than 5 million tests each day.

Collecting the results of these speed tests helped the company determine the fastest ISP in the nation and in each state. After examining data from more than a billion online speed tests, and data from more than 40,000 ISPs, the company announced the winners of its Speedtest Awards in July.

In fairness to all ISPs, we need to say that these are the fastest average speeds, and each ISP is typically capable of providing more speed. For example, if a company offers gigabit speeds, but most customers may opt for 100 Mbps service instead, skewing the numbers down. On the other hand, a company like Google Fiber, which offers gigabit service but no intermediate speed plans, scores quite well with this methodology.

And the Winner Is…
According to, XFINITY is the fastest ISP in America, with an average download speed of 104.56 Mbps. Time Warner Cable placed second at 99.11 Mbps, Cox Communications third at 94.06 Mbps, and Charter Communications fourth at 66.31 Mbps.

State By State Honors
Given XFINITY’s overall win, it’s no surprise to see the company do so well in so many states, but other national providers, as well as smaller, local ISPs, took overall state wins, too. Check out which provider won in your state as well as the average speed where you live.

Alabama: Bright House Networks, 82.97 Mbps

Alaska: GCI Communications, 99.15 Mbps

Arizona: Cox Communications, 93.14 Mbps

Arkansas: Cox Communications, 91.39 Mbps

California: Time Warner Cable, 144.18 Mbps

Colorado: XFINITY, 113.37 Mbps

Connecticut: XFINITY, 114.01 Mbps

Delaware: XFINITY, 110.80 Mbps

District of Columbia: XFINITY, 107.37 Mbps

Florida: Time Warner Cable, 91.94 Mbps

Georgia: XFINITY, 82.36 Mbps

Hawaii: Time Warner Cable, 88.44 Mbps

Idaho: Cable One, 52.13 Mbps

Illinois: RCN, 85.43 Mbps

Indiana: Bright House Networks, 84.98 Mbps

Iowa: Mediacom Cable, 84.13 Mbps

Kansas: Google Fiber, 849.62 Mbps

Kentucky: Time Warner Cable, 44.72 Mbps

Louisiana: EATEL, 92.41 Mbps

Maine: Time Warner Cable, 46.39 Mbps

Maryland: XFINITY, 115.47 Mbps

Massachusetts: XFINITY, 111.70 Mbps

Michigan: XFINITY, 81.73 Mbps

Minnesota: Mediacom Cable, 88.27 Mbps

Mississippi: C Spire Fiber, 94.93 Mbps

Missouri: Google Fiber, 853.52 Mbps

Montana: Charter Communications, 65.56 Mbps

Nebraska: Cox Communications, 79.75 Mbps

Nevada: Cox Communications, 94.88 Mbps

New Hampshire: XFINITY, 114.29 Mbps

New Jersey: Time Warner Cable, 160.19 Mbps

New Mexico: Plateau, 149.62 Mbps

New York: Time Warner Cable, 105.96 Mbps

North Carolina: Suddenlink, 80.42 Mbps

North Dakota: Midcontinent Communications, 74.58 Mbps

Ohio: Time Warner Cable, 50.87 Mbps

Oklahoma: Cox Communications, 106.46 Mbps

Oregon: XFINITY, 115.70 Mbps

Pennsylvania: XFINITY, 103.35 Mbps

Rhode Island: Cox Communications, 90.45 Mbps

South Carolina: Charter Communications, 66.17 Mbps

South Dakota: Midcontinent Communications, 77.41 Mbps

Tennessee: EPB Fiber Optics, 452.40 Mbps

Texas: XFINITY, 117.91 Mbps

Utah: XFINITY, 121.64 Mbps

Vermont: VTel, 694.15 Mbps

Virginia: XFINITY, 117.88 Mbps

Washington: XFINITY, 117.41 Mbps

West Virginia: XFINITY, 96.33 Mbps

Wisconsin: Charter Communications, 66.04 Mbps

Wyoming: Silver Star Communications, 92.86 Mbps

Closer to Home

Local results for many metro areas are available at the Speedtest Awards website, so if you want to know who’s fast not just in your state, but also in your neighborhood, you can now find out. If you learn that your current ISP isn’t one of the winners, finding out which of the faster plans are available in your area is as easy as entering your zip code below.

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