Written by George Hancock Jr. | Last Updated February 24th, 2020Our goal, here at Best Company, is to provide you with honest, reliable information you need to find companies you can trust.
Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and similar streaming services are, more and more certainly by the minute, the future of home entertainment. Frustratingly, our home internet speeds are not always fast enough to stream our favorite TV shows and movies well. It's probably one of the biggest obstacles to streaming companies. We've seen major improvements with the introduction of fiber optic internet, but there are plenty of TV viewers who still don't have access to quick internet. None of the top 20 ISPs, ranked by peak-time speed, are satellite services and fiber hasn't reached the majority of the US. So, all we can do now is stay informed. Here are the top 10 ISPs, in terms of peak-time speed of Netflix streaming (meaning average speed measured at "prime time", for Netflix content streamed to Netflix members, in Mbps, in the USA, on all devices), brought to you by Netflix. You can thank me for the availability information.
Speeds are on average!
1. Google Fiber (fiber): 3.82 Mbps
Keep in Mind that Google Fiber is being rolled out neighborhood by neighborhood. It won't be available in entire cities all at once.
Currently available in: Provo, Kansas City, Austin
Soon available in: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, San Antonio
Potentially available soon in: Portland, San Jose, Phoenix
2. Grande Communications (fiber): 3.77 Mbps
Like Google Fiber, this one's available in neighborhoods in the following cities, not yet in the entire cities.
Currently available in: Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, San Marcos, Waco
3. Midcontinent (cable): 3.7 Mbps
Currently available in: Most of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota + Alma, Ellsworth, Nelson, Reads Landing, and Pepin in Wisconsin
4. RCN (cable): 3.67 Mbps
Currently available in: Boston, Chicago, Lehigh Valley (PA), New York, DC, and Philadelphia
Still not sure what you want? Our ISP reviews might help you. While you're at it, check out our streaming TV reviews and make sure you're subscribed to the right service. With so many choices, it's worth your time to explore the options.