While everyone was moaning about the caps imposed, and the dropping of connections for torrents, Comcast has quietly taken over the crown as highest average speed provider in the United States, according to a major speed testing company.

[Ars Technica]

Who’s the fastest ISP in the US? According to well-known Internet metrics firm Ookla (which runs the Speedtest.net and Pingtest.net websites), it’s Comcast, with an average speed of 16.23Mbps.

In the US, Comcast was followed by Charter and then by Cablevision; indeed, all of the top players are cable companies. Verizon comes in ninth, despite its FiOS deployments, in part due to its DSL lines.

So we see that Comcast beats the offerings of AT&T and Verizon, which is interesting, because you would think that one of them, with all of their fiber deployments, would have the figures skewed in their favor. (Verizon managers, it is time for more fiber! AT&T managers, less talk, more speed!)

The sad thing is that Comcast offers speed that many cannot use because of caps, so their is no outright winner. When I had, up until my move in June, 15 / 5 FiOS, I may not have had the average speed of a Comcast customer, but I also had no data limits. If I wished to let all 9 computers download at whatever speeds they could manage, so as to keep the 15 Mb/s pipe flowing at full capacity, I could, with no problems of overage charges or threats of cutoff. Because there are no unlimited accounts with Comcast, the speed is potential, instead of an actuality for most.

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