Netflix Releases Latest ISP Rankings

By: Chris Crum - July 14, 2014

Netflix just released its new ISP Speed Index data for the month of June. This time, they’ve added icons to the U.S. graph to “increase transparency” about the type of technology used by an ISP.

“This should make it easier to compare Netflix performance on different types of networks,” says Netflix’s Anne Marie Squeo.

As usual, Cablevision, Cox, and Suddenlink lead in the U.S. Each has shown “stead improvements” over the past three months, Netflix says. Verizon FiOS continues to decline, falling two spots from last month to number 12. Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse rank behind DSL offerings from Frontier, Windstream, and Centurylink, Netflix points out.

Last week, Verizon spoke out about its ongoing feud with Netflix. It placed the buffering blame on Netflix, while saying:

Even though there is no congestion on our network, we’re not satisfied if our customers are not. We fully understand that many of our customers want a great streaming experience with Netflix, and we want that too. Therefore, we are working aggressively with Netflix to establish new, direct connections from Netflix to Verizon’s network. This doesn’t “prioritize” Netflix traffic in any way, but it ensures that their traffic gets on our network through direct connections—not middleman networks—that are up to the task.

The benefit of these direct connections will be two-fold. First, Verizon customers who use Netflix will have a significantly improved experience as Netflix traffic flows over non-congested links. Early tests indicate that this is the case. The other benefit will be that the congestion that we are seeing today on those links between these middleman networks and our L.A. border router will likely go away once the huge volume of Netflix traffic is routed more efficiently. This will improve performance for any other traffic that is currently being affected over those connections.

Here’s a look at Netflix’s U.S. ISP rankings:

You can get a look at the previous month’s data here.

Image via Netflix

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  • Timothy S

    That Verizon service has to be pretty bad to be behind some of these other clowns i’ve had.

  • VegasSmitty

    Doesn’t matter where they rate, they all suck! Rate increases almost every six months now, biggest rip-off in the USA!

  • rainbowbudland

    Who cares how Netfix rates them? Netfix is basing their rating solely off of their upload speed it appears. I don’t understand how Netfix seems to think that they should have unlimited upload bandwidth when we, the consumers, have to pay for faster upload and download speeds.
    It is just a simple mathematical equation (for Netfix):
    (AOC) x (USRFGS) = (BN)
    AOC = Amount Of Connections
    USRFGS = Upload Speed Required For Good Streaming
    BN = Bandwidth Needed
    When the BN get’s above what they have paid for, each connection to their media network will get less upload speed, this causes the streaming to glitch.
    Now I am NOT saying ISP’s don’t throttle consumer bandwidth, I am saying Netfix is getting what they paid for and blaming the ISP’s.

    • Allan

      Do you even understand the topic you’re commenting on? If Netflix’s upload maxed at 3.1 Mb/s, they seriously need to find another service provider. I pay $70/month and I get a minimum of 5 Mb/s upload on a bad day. This is average streaming download speeds.

      • rainbowbudland

        What? I got way more skills at this topic than you do. Where do you think those figures came from? Download speed? It’s an average speed, and I am assuming it is upload. However they don’t say.
        If it is upload, like I think, then they are saying these ISP’s are throttling their upload speed to the consumer.
        Like the 3.1Mbps <– that's the way to type the speed BTW.
        And I am saying that is not true.
        And then your like…ohhh I get 5 Mbps on my connection duh. I get 20Mbps, so what? Has nothing to do with what I wrote.
        Netfix rates CABLEVISION-OPTIMUM at 3.1 Mbps. You believe that is the best up/download speed available in America? And that's Netfix's numbers, not mine.
        So why don't you ask yourself why Netfix's BEST rating of 3.1Mbps does not beat your upload speed? Or better yet, your download speed? That's how consumers get Netfix.
        Now let's take Netfix's upload speed. I would assume their ISP provides uploads in the gigabyte range. Then why aren't you able to download at 50Mbps (or whatever speed you have, mines 90Mbps)? Answer: because they don't have the proper amount of bandwidth to stream to all of their customers, or Netflix is limiting the amount of upload bandwidth to each connection.
        This is all about Netfix's inability to upload at a speed to satisfy all current connections to their media network.