Which Internet Provider Offers the Fastest Speeds?

As a consumer comparing internet service providers, it isn’t always easy to distinguish what are facts and what is just marketing.

Each provider has a vested interest in convincing you that they offer the fastest service.

At BroadbandNow, this isn’t our goal. Our goal is to help you make informed decisions about the internet providers in your area.

To help you do that, we set out to find the most objective way to authoritatively answer the question of: “Which internet provider offers the fastest speeds in the US?” On this page, you see those results.

  • 3 Rivers Telephone Cooperative - 43.06 MBPS
  • Access Cable Television - 101.45 MBPS
  • Adams Cable Service - 145.15 MBPS
  • Adams Networks - 526.26 MBPS
  • AdamsWells - 47.46 MBPS
  • Blue Stream Fiber - 316.86 MBPS
  • Alliance Communications Network - 23.83 MBPS
  • Broadstripe - 473.93 MBPS
  • Antietam Broadband - 175.67 MBPS
  • Armstrong - 284.49 MBPS

ISPs With Fastest Speeds in the US as of October, 2021

The speeds below look at the 90th percentile speeds as these represent the fastest speeds a provider offers. For average speeds, see the table below.

Rank Provider October Speed 12mo Avg. Speed 12mo 90th Percentile Avg No. of speed tests
1 3 Rivers Telephone Cooperative 43.06 MBPS 27.30 MBPS 47.23 MBPS 79
2 Access Cable Television 101.45 MBPS 75.55 MBPS 101.42 MBPS 256
3 Adams Cable Service 145.15 MBPS 51.94 MBPS 141.06 MBPS 1,750
4 Adams Networks 526.26 MBPS 400.00 MBPS 528.95 MBPS 463
5 AdamsWells 47.46 MBPS 42.68 MBPS 47.45 MBPS 260
6 Blue Stream Fiber 316.86 MBPS 170.40 MBPS 317.08 MBPS 2,874
7 Alliance Communications Network 23.83 MBPS 30.00 MBPS 23.84 MBPS 392
8 Broadstripe 473.93 MBPS 227.44 MBPS 495.26 MBPS 2,236
9 Antietam Broadband 175.67 MBPS 59.96 MBPS 146.17 MBPS 1,066
10 Armstrong 284.49 MBPS 142.94 MBPS 318.90 MBPS 11,598
11 Arvig 220.98 MBPS 99.53 MBPS 198.88 MBPS 1,737
12 Ashland Fiber Network 105.65 MBPS 31.90 MBPS 93.46 MBPS 122
13 AT&T Internet 523.69 MBPS 195.00 MBPS 518.42 MBPS 361,241
14 ATC Broadband 14.70 MBPS 18.46 MBPS 49.25 MBPS 222
15 ATC Communications 9.21 MBPS 8.52 MBPS 10.21 MBPS 380
16 Atlantech Online 306.45 MBPS 309.79 MBPS 473.91 MBPS 252
17 Breezeline 382.89 MBPS 178.02 MBPS 321.74 MBPS 24,573
18 FOCUS Broadband 392.57 MBPS 172.29 MBPS 383.43 MBPS 1,424
19 BendBroadband 224.86 MBPS 137.60 MBPS 275.74 MBPS 2,720
20 Benton Communications 481.25 MBPS 296.21 MBPS 482.60 MBPS 435
21 Bertram Internet 22.83 MBPS 28.83 MBPS 83.06 MBPS 161
22 GWI 107.87 MBPS 24.90 MBPS 59.46 MBPS 68
23 Blackfoot Telecommunications 12.48 MBPS 12.69 MBPS 20.19 MBPS 282
24 Bledsoe Telephone Cooperative 478.62 MBPS 161.13 MBPS 461.13 MBPS 886
25 Brandenburg Telecom 26.27 MBPS 31.71 MBPS 47.57 MBPS 335
26 Bristol Tennessee Essential Services 92.18 MBPS 61.94 MBPS 92.20 MBPS 378
27 Buckeye Broadband 200.71 MBPS 107.39 MBPS 203.91 MBPS 6,521
28 Burlington Telecom 437.70 MBPS 260.52 MBPS 461.46 MBPS 528
29 Sparklight (formerly Cable One) 292.14 MBPS 141.39 MBPS 304.65 MBPS 18,193
30 Optimum by Altice 309.95 MBPS 172.84 MBPS 303.43 MBPS 361,248
31 Cal.net 13.68 MBPS 15.70 MBPS 51.89 MBPS 58
32 DirectLink 534.82 MBPS 314.67 MBPS 532.99 MBPS 352
33 CenturyLink 379.74 MBPS 91.81 MBPS 322.15 MBPS 131,414
34 Chesnee Communications 68.75 MBPS 52.57 MBPS 68.77 MBPS 125
35 Community Broadband Network 140.29 MBPS 114.81 MBPS 143.23 MBPS 254
36 City of Wadsworth 102.69 MBPS 93.13 MBPS 102.63 MBPS 252
37 Clarity Connect 309.25 MBPS 235.60 MBPS 530.55 MBPS 624
38 Claro Internet 73.42 MBPS 18.96 MBPS 69.11 MBPS 4,508
39 CMS Internet 44.29 MBPS 25.61 MBPS 74.50 MBPS 52
40 Comcell 24.94 MBPS 16.35 MBPS 23.22 MBPS 183
41 CAS Cable 248.33 MBPS 110.08 MBPS 242.21 MBPS 264
42 Comporium Communications 419.02 MBPS 186.02 MBPS 443.28 MBPS 2,203
43 Consolidated Communications (Formerly Fairpoint Communications) 318.21 MBPS 80.20 MBPS 270.81 MBPS 33,407
44 Consolidated Telephone Company 184.07 MBPS 81.10 MBPS 154.74 MBPS 539
45 Conway Corporation 50.49 MBPS 53.63 MBPS 50.48 MBPS 345
46 Conxxus 179.02 MBPS 104.36 MBPS 327.92 MBPS 72
47 Country Wireless 23.84 MBPS 13.53 MBPS 24.27 MBPS 252
48 Craw-Kan Telephone Cooperative 31.06 MBPS 42.40 MBPS 126.66 MBPS 335
49 Cyber Mesa Telecom 2.73 MBPS 4.65 MBPS 11.74 MBPS 266
50 DigitalPath 7.46 MBPS 7.61 MBPS 13.81 MBPS 242
51 Dnet Internet Services 6.65 MBPS 9.27 MBPS 16.22 MBPS 246
52 DTC Communications 93.30 MBPS 80.04 MBPS 139.48 MBPS 172
53 Eastex Telephone Cooperative 82.08 MBPS 38.96 MBPS 81.34 MBPS 649
54 Easton Utilities Commission 86.65 MBPS 77.39 MBPS 93.27 MBPS 520
55 - Plateau 401.47 MBPS 166.80 MBPS 413.05 MBPS 750
56 EPB 482.97 MBPS 147.07 MBPS 366.16 MBPS 4,440
57 ETC Communications, LLC 293.78 MBPS 157.08 MBPS 291.25 MBPS 228
58 Etex 21.44 MBPS 13.83 MBPS 38.33 MBPS 125
59 Etheric Networks 47.33 MBPS 34.38 MBPS 72.39 MBPS 651
60 Everywhere Wireless 232.19 MBPS 140.61 MBPS 234.26 MBPS 252
61 Front Range Internet 120.30 MBPS 91.44 MBPS 132.99 MBPS 250
62 EATEL 496.14 MBPS 158.54 MBPS 495.34 MBPS 2,971
63 GCI Communication 385.74 MBPS 128.79 MBPS 329.94 MBPS 4,120
64 Direct Communications 97.44 MBPS 77.46 MBPS 107.29 MBPS 758
65 D&P Communications 92.69 MBPS 26.32 MBPS 82.42 MBPS 392
66 Grande Communications 509.83 MBPS 219.95 MBPS 487.66 MBPS 7,466
67 Great Basin Internet Services 288.18 MBPS 116.90 MBPS 295.94 MBPS 3,658
68 Crosslake Communications 173.16 MBPS 76.57 MBPS 171.70 MBPS 744
69 Cox Communications 496.41 MBPS 194.99 MBPS 439.56 MBPS 345,317
70 Connext 90.92 MBPS 34.51 MBPS 77.75 MBPS 314
71 Hanson Communications 53.17 MBPS 74.67 MBPS 92.03 MBPS 588
72 Xfinity 467.12 MBPS 203.54 MBPS 447.05 MBPS 1,134,806
73 Hawaiian Telcom 234.31 MBPS 113.40 MBPS 252.39 MBPS 3,616
74 HBC 57.38 MBPS 119.67 MBPS 464.21 MBPS 340
75 Cogent Communications 282.70 MBPS 85.11 MBPS 299.55 MBPS 21,314
76 HCTC 16.10 MBPS 20.46 MBPS 31.65 MBPS 281
77 Home Telecom 410.31 MBPS 85.12 MBPS 270.05 MBPS 850
78 Spectrum 314.89 MBPS 155.32 MBPS 304.44 MBPS 1,011,925
79 Pioneer Telephone Cooperative 501.15 MBPS 209.50 MBPS 509.60 MBPS 963
80 Sky Fiber 100.66 MBPS 77.19 MBPS 311.79 MBPS 162
81 CASSCOMM 58.05 MBPS 19.98 MBPS 46.79 MBPS 68
82 BTC Broadband 308.50 MBPS 98.24 MBPS 308.06 MBPS 902
83 American Broadband 358.01 MBPS 123.97 MBPS 260.89 MBPS 459
84 Hunter Communications 531.21 MBPS 132.13 MBPS 494.17 MBPS 268
85 Intelligent Fiber Network 236.44 MBPS 56.33 MBPS 235.12 MBPS 663
86 Bee Line 135.47 MBPS 79.05 MBPS 137.53 MBPS 56
87 InfoWest 39.70 MBPS 18.93 MBPS 37.18 MBPS 94
88 Allstream 91.92 MBPS 47.47 MBPS 122.91 MBPS 2,131
89 Intermax Networks 18.99 MBPS 11.98 MBPS 15.25 MBPS 125
90 Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative 102.24 MBPS 68.75 MBPS 102.40 MBPS 131
91 AwesomeNet 8.99 MBPS 5.39 MBPS 13.83 MBPS 370
92 JCWIFI 45.75 MBPS 36.99 MBPS 45.60 MBPS 261
93 AT&T Wireless 54.85 MBPS 17.88 MBPS 45.02 MBPS 23,335
94 AMA Techtel 22.65 MBPS 15.79 MBPS 22.31 MBPS 131
95 Liberty Cablevision 303.85 MBPS 106.11 MBPS 238.31 MBPS 19,112
96 Astrea 90.87 MBPS 20.37 MBPS 75.10 MBPS 95
97 LISCO 91.80 MBPS 81.24 MBPS 92.09 MBPS 168
98 Long Lines 94.97 MBPS 61.63 MBPS 156.75 MBPS 54
99 Cablelynx Broadband 77.94 MBPS 47.41 MBPS 97.78 MBPS 803
100 LS Networks 457.12 MBPS 121.45 MBPS 480.35 MBPS 187

Average Speeds vs Fastest Speeds

When we started digging into the data to power this page, our initial plan was to create a simple average of all of the speedtests from a provider.

Quickly, we found that simple averages lead to misleading results due to different plan speeds, different home network setups, and the number of speed tests evaluated.

To help control for all of these variables while minimizing the impact of outliers we instead display the download speed from the speed test found in the 90th percentile of all of the tests for a provider in a given month.

This allows us to confidently say that 10 percent of the speedtests we saw were faster than this speed while 90 percent of them were slower than this speed.

We believe this is the most objective and accurate way to calculate and compare different plans, network conditions, and speedtest across thousands of providers and millions of speed tests.

How do I find the fastest internet providers near me?

Stealth Communications offers the fastest speeds in the U.S. The next fastest internet speeds in the States are provided by BWTelcom and CTI Fiber, respectively. When looking for the fastest internet, consider what connection types are available near you.

A plan’s connection type directly impacts how fast your internet will be. Fiber-optic internet, also referred to simply as fiber, is the fastest internet type available — a fiber internet connection can deliver 1000+ Mbps.

Following fiber is cable as the next fastest internet type. Recent upgrades to cable internet technology allow providers to offer gigabit speeds and at least 100 Mbps in most areas. Areas without cable and fiber internet are likely to have DSL or wireless internet. Wired internet connections are usually faster than wireless connections, however fixed wireless can provide gigabit speeds in some areas.

One way to check how much speed you need is to know whether your current speed is fast enough for you. If you’re running into slow connection issues often, chances are you need a higher speed. Use our internet speed test tool to find out how much speed you have to gauge how much you’ll need.

Internet Type Fastest Advertised Download Speed Fastest Advertised Upload Speed
Fiber 2000 Mbps 2000 Mbps
Cable 1000 Mbps 50 Mbps
DSL 100 Mbps 20 Mbps
Fixed Wireless 1000 Mbps 1000 Mbps
Satellite 25 Mbps 3 Mbps

Advertised Internet Speed vs Actual Speed

The actual internet speed delivered to your home is often lower than the speed advertised on your internet provider’s plan. This is due to a number of factors, many of which are internet-type specific.

For example, cable internet users often have to deal with slower speeds during peak hours, since bandwidth is shared with neighbors. This is especially true in the evening hours when many households have an increased volume of internet use.

DSL internet speeds often vary depending on the proximity of your home to the provider’s local office in your area.For fixed wireless users, household items, such as microwaves or objects obstructing the clear line-of-sight to/from your antenna can give you slower than advertised speeds.

A satellite internet connection also requires a line-of-sight connection with the network. This can cause slower speeds for users living in areas with mountains and forests. The equipment is also susceptible to interference from poor weather conditions.

While limited in coverage at this time, fiber internet providers are often able to deliver speeds extremely close to advertised speeds.

What is a good internet speed?

If you want an in-depth guide that can explain how much internet speed you need, take a look at our guide on the subject. For a quick explanation: it largely depends on how you use the internet and how many people in your household will be on a connected device.

Different online activities call for different speeds. Basic web browsing requires much lower speeds than internet gaming.

The number of devices connected to your wifi also affects the speeds you get. Your internet speed will be effectively split up between your devices.

For example, a one to two person household with basic web surfing needs can usually get by on a 25 Mbps plan. On the other hand, a household with multiple heavier internet users or a professional working from home and handling a lot of big files will likely need a more robust plan, in the 100+ Mbps range. For families with intense gamers, simultaneous HD streamers, and a home office, a gigabit plan may be in order.

To calculate what kind of speed your household needs, use our bandwidth calculator.

Last Updated on 11/09/2021