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U.S. Not Winning Any ISP Speed Medals

12 Aug, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Holland may have finished third in the recent soccer World Cup, but it’s a champion when its comes to Netflix’s latest ISP streaming speed index.

The northern European country saw three of its high-speed Internet providers rank among the top three globally in Netflix’s index for the month of July. All eight of the country’s ISPs averaged a combined 3.61 megabits per second, with the top three averaging 3.79 Mbps. Trailing slightly were Scandinavian countries Sweden, Norway and Denmark, which collectively averaged 3.52 Mbps.

Meanwhile, the U.S. ranked 13th globally in ISP speed, led by Cablevision/Optimum at 3.1 Mbps as the fastest domestic cable broadband provider. Google Fiber again topped all U.S. high-speed Internet operators with 3.59 Mbps. 

Costa Rica ranked as the slowest country, with a collective ISP speed of 1.48 Mbps. That said, the speed bested AT&T U-verse (1.44 Mbps), AT&T (1.11 Mbps) and Verizon at 0.97 Mbps.

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 streamed TV shows and movies each month. 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.

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