In a recent internet speed test conducted by Ookla, Spectrum ranked the fastest out of all fixed broadband providers. The Q2 2023 Speedtest Intelligence report looks at a number of factors to compare speeds across companies.
For median download speeds, Ookla’s report showed Spectrum not only took first place for speed but knocked Comcast and Cox Communications down a peg. Spectrum was the fastest at 241.78 Mbps, up from 219.20 Mbps in the first quarter. Comcast and Cox Communications bumped up download speeds just a bit from 232.85 Mbps in the first quarter to 233.25 Mbps in the second quarter.
At the bottom of the list was AT&T with 210.12 Mbps download speeds, followed by Frontier with 200.95 Mbps. Altice USA’s Optimum reported download speeds of 200.41 Mbps and Verizon with download speeds of 184.03 Mbps, as reported by Fierce Telecom.
Spectrum also gets bragging rights as being the fastest fixed broadband service spanning 11 states. Comcast was deemed the fastest in eight states and Cox Communications ranked the fastest in only two states. Google Fiber ranked the fastest in five states and Verizon was the fastest in four states.
However, when Ookla looked at upload speeds, Spectrum didn’t make the top seven list of providers. AT&T came in first place with median upload speeds of 166.86 Mbps. Comcast came in fifth place with upload speeds of 21.83 Mbps, and Cox ranked sixth with a median rate of 20.63 Mbps.
Upload and download speeds vary depending on which provider you chose but your location is another contributing factor. If you want to know your personal router speeds, you can find a number of speed tests online to get a close approximation of how fast your upload and download speeds are. It won’t be a precise measurement but will provide an idea of how fast your internet is and whether or not it’s time to make a switch.