Ookla’s Speedtest Intelligence® ranks Cox Communications as the fastest fixed broadband internet service provider (ISP) of Q3 2023 with a median download speed of 260.09 Mbps. Spectrum, the top ISP in Q2, came in at 245.88 Mbps.
Download speed rankings
Cox offers internet speed plans from 100 to 1000 Mbps, starting at $49.99/mo. Their ranking for 260 Mbps can power a home with 2 to 3 simultaneous internet users.
- Cox: 260.09 Mbps
- Spectrum: 245.88 Mbps
- Xfinity: 236.07 Mbps
- AT&T: 234.20 Mbps
- Frontier: 205.82 Mbps
- Optimum: 203.45 Mbps
- Verizon: 184.86 Mbps
Upload speed rankings
AT&T Internet remained at the top with the fastest median upload speed at 188.60 Mbps. Upload speeds determine how fast your content posts online, how smoothly you can stream live video and video calling,
- AT&T: 188.60 Mbps
- Frontier: 169.66 Mbps
- Verizon: 91.36 Mbps
States with the fastest internet speed in Q3
Ookla reported that Florida has the fastest fixed broadband at 240.32 Mbps, with Rhode Island coming in second and Alaska last at 82.79 Mbps.
- Florida: 240.32 Mbps with AT&T
- Rhode Island: 229.79 Mbps, with AT&T
- Connecticut: 229.18 Mbps, with Frontier
- Hawaii: 227.28 Mbps, with Spectrum
- Nevada: 226.72 Mbps, with Cox
Top cities for fastest ISP speed
- Raleigh, NC: 291.53 Mbps, with Google Fiber
- Irvine, CA: 276.40 Mbps, with Google Fiber
- Las Vegas, NV: 271.50 Mbps, with Cox
Why ISP speed matters
Internet speed determines how fast you can surf the internet, connect to games, stream movies and more. If you work or study from home, your internet speed is critical to keep you connected without lag or glitching.
Ookla’s quarterly rankings provide a way to compare top ISPs in various categories, which can help you choose the best ISP for your specific internet needs. Enter your address and find out which ISPs are available where you live.
Written by:Robin Layton
Editor, Broadband Content
Robin Layton is an editor for the broadband marketplace Allconnect. She built her internet industry expertise writing and editing for four years on the site, as well as on Allconnect’s sister site MYMOVE.com. … Read more
Edited by:Camryn Smith