Grande Communications and Verizon FiOS snared the bragging rights as they were the top U.S. ISPs as viewed through the Netflix prism for the month of November, with Verizon leading all major providers, and Grande keeping its lead when smaller ISPs were factored in.
The Netflix ISP Speed Index, refreshed each month, measures prime time Netflix streaming performance among specific ISPs around the globe.
There was not much jockeying among the 15 large U.S. ISPs tracked by Netflix on month-to-month basis. The aforementioned Verizon FiOS led with an average of 3.86 Mbps, followed by Cox Communications (3.76 Mbps), Bright House Networks and Cablevision Systems (3.74 Mbps) and Comcast (3.69 Mbps), which inched ahead of Time Warner Cable (3.65 Mbps).
The bottom five among large ISPs: AT&T DSL (2.84 Mbps), Frontier Communications (2.53 Mbps), Windstream (2.47 Mbps), Verizon DSL (2.14 Mbps), and CenturyLink (2.12 Mbps).
With smaller ISPs added in Grande stayed on top with an average of 3.90 Mbps, followed by Google Fiber (3.87 Mbps), Verizon FiOS and Midcontinent Communications (3.83 Mbps), EPB (3.81 Mbps), and WideOpenWest (3.79 Mbps).
Two ISPs that deliver service over satellite – Viasat (1.82 Mbps) and Hughes (1.66 Mbps) – represented two of the bottom three on Netflix’s expanded rankings.
On a country-by-country basis, Belgium’s ISPs led with a collective average of 4.12 Mbps, followed by Luxembourg (4.10 Mbps), Denmark (3.97 Mbps), Netherlands (3.95 Mbps), and Sweden (3.94 Mbps). The U.S. (3.41 Mbps) was ranked 17th.