The United States is now 64.17 Mbps, putting the country fifteenth on the planet for downstream speeds. Average upload rate during the corresponding period was 22.79 Mbps, ranking the US. 24th in the system for upstream speed. Ookla’s newest report reflects 111 million tests received by 26 million individual users during the first two-quarters of 2017.
According to the comprehensive report, Comcast is rated as the fastest ISP in the States, performing a “Speed Score” of 69.58. Ookla says it plans this via “a modified trimaran to show the download and upload speeds that are possible across a provider’s network.”
“Comcast’s XFINITY Internet is the high-speed ISP in the U.S., doing a Speed Score of 69.58 and giving faster speeds to their users than the other main providers in the U.S. during Q1-Q2 2017,” notes the statement. “Over the past year, XFINITY has been aggressively planting the market with old modems capable of bonding more courses, delivering a more uniform experience for consumers.”
That said, it should be seen that Ookla has become under fire in modern years for shifting its report in such a way as to support the nation’s biggest ISPs. A few times back, Ookla (now held by Ziff Davis) decided to reduce the Net Index entirely and substitute it with a more clear broadband award matrix that small ISPs say gives them taking the short end of the stick. Smaller companies and municipal broadband services previously used NetIndex to highlight how several compelling ISPs weren’t keeping speed with consumer demand.
Gone is that more nuanced review, succeeded by reports like this that unabashedly adore giant carriers without considering things like the rise of practice caps in uncompetitive businesses, or the tens of millions of consumers stuck on aging telco DSL lines these organizations simply refuse to update at any real scale. Telco indifference, in turn, is resulting in a greater cable monopoly in many areas, decreasing the incentive to shore up consumer service or more seriously compete on price none of which is considered in the Ookla report.
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