The newly established Google Fiber and Verizon’s FiOS Internet were rated by Netflix to be the fastest national broadband providers when it comes to streaming their video services to subscribers.
Google Fiber is the 2nd pure fiber optic network in the country, which is currently available only in Kansas City. With maximum download speeds of 1000 Mbps, it is considered the fastest residential internet service so far, with Verizon FiOS coming in 2nd at maximum download speeds of 300 Mbps.
Google Fiber placed 1st in Netflix’s initial ranking of ISPs with an average of 2.55 Mbps. FiOS Internet came in 2nd, averaging 2.19 Mbps, while Comcast and Charter tied for 3rd with an average of 2.17 Mbps.
Cablevision’s Optimum Online is 5th with 2.14 Mbps, followed by Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks tying in 6th place, averaging 2.12 Mbps. The other ISPs included in the list were Cox Communications (2.07 Mbps), Suddenlink (2.06), AT&T U-verse (1.94), CenturyLink (1.69), Windstream (1.61), and Frontier (1.49).
While the speeds posted on the rankings don’t reflect the true maximum performance of the listed broadband providers, it’s because there are many factors that can affect the delivery speed, such as the capability of the Wi-Fi routers and content encoding issues. According to Netflix VP of Content Ken Florence, “The relative ranking, however, should be an accurate indicator of relative bandwidth typically experienced across all users, homes, and applications.”
Netflix will be releasing monthly reports to track the quality of its video streams from all the major broadband providers. Their rankings won’t be considered as prestigious as the FCC’s annual “Measuring Broadband America” report, but it could be an angle that major ISPs could use to promote their services. While Netflix users can do without pay TV, they can’t do without internet service—so these monthly reports could very well be relevant when it comes to attracting current Netflix customers.