Netflix Releases Latest ISP Speed Rankings

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Netflix just released its monthly update on Internet service provider speed data, ranking the top ISPs in terms of speed for its streaming service.

The previous list looking at November data showed significant increases in average speed in both the U.S. and Europe. The new data looks at December, which Netflix says was its heaviest viewing month with December 28 being the largest streaming day of the year. Here's a look at the rankings:

"In the U.S., despite the heavy demand, we saw continued increases in average speeds across the largest ISPs, with Verizon FiOS topping the list at 3.36 Megabits per second (Mbps), Cablevision coming in a close second at 3.32 Mbps, and Bright House just behind at 3.30 Mbps," said Netflix's Anne Marie Squeo. "That’s up from average speeds last month of 3.27 Mbps, 3.20 Mbps and 3.16 Mbps respectively. Time Warner Cable posted the largest gain, jumping three spots to sixth place with average speed of 3.18 Mbps, up from 2.97 Mbps in November."

"In Mexico, Totalplay joined the index and snagged the top spot in December, posting an average speed of 3.53 Mbps," Squeo added. "Axtel X-tremo slipped to second place even while increasing their average speed to 3.44 Mbps from 3.36 Mbps last month. In Sweden, Bredband2 jumped 2 spots to No. 3 with average speeds of 3.80 Mbps, up from 3.65 Mbps in November."

You can get a look at all the regions Netflix tracks here.

Last week, Netflix VP of Content Delivery Ken Florance wrote a blog post about the "misconception about Internet fast lanes." He said Netflix and other Internet content providers are not using them to deliver their content to consumers.

"Allowing fast lanes gives ISPs a perverse incentive to boost revenues by allowing their networks to congest," he wrote. "It also gives them outsize power to pick winners and losers on the Internet. Those who can’t pay for fast lanes will suffer, entrenching incumbents while undermining the innovative power of the Internet. While the largest ISPs have said they’re not interested in creating fast lanes, one need only look at how they have sought to monetize their network interconnection points to get a glimpse of the future.

It is at these points -- where our traffic enters an ISPs network -- where Netflix and others have been forced to pay Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and Time Warner access fees to reach our mutual customers," Florance added. "Without those payments, ISPs allowed these connection points to congest, resulting in a poor video streaming experience for Netflix users on those networks. While Netflix was able to meet the demand for payments, we continue to believe this practice stands in contrast to an open Internet and all its promise."

Florance went on to note that after Netflix paid up, its traffic began moving at the same speed as everyone else not facing congestion.

Image via Netflix

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