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.
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.