Netflix Releases Latest ISP Speed Rankings

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It's that time again. Netflix has released its latest ISP Speed Index ranking data for August. According to the company, its agreements with AT&T, Time Warner, and Verizon are paying off.

The company says in a blog post:

In the U.S., interconnection agreements with AT&T, Time Warner Cable and Verizon resulted in significant increases in Internet speeds for all three providers in August. AT&T U-Verse led the way, with its speed jumping more than one Megabit per second (Mbps) to 2.61 from 1.44 over last month and rising seven spots in the U.S. speed index to No. 7. Verizon FiOS speeds increased to 2.41 Mbps from 1.61, and Time Warner Cable rose to 2.59 this month from 2.16 in July. These dramatic increases pushed the U.S. average speed to 2.57 in August, now ranking 11th among the countries we track -- ahead of Brazil and Chile.

Here's a look at August's rankings for the United States:

"The Netflix ISP Speed Index is based on data from the more than 50 million Netflix members worldwide who view over 1 billion hours of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix each month," Netflix explains. "The listed speeds reflect the average performance during prime time of all Netflix streams on each ISP's network and are an indicator of the performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network. A faster network generally means a better picture quality, quicker start times and fewer interruptions."

A couple months ago, Netflix introduced some icons to the U.S. graph to “increase transparency” about the type of technology used by an ISP. Last month, they’ve added them to 12 other countries, including Canada and Mexico.

Image via Netflix

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