The main city in the US with the quickest fixed broadband is Kansas City, while the state with the quickest one is New Jersey, as per Ookla’s 2018 Fixed Broadband Performance Report. Its report, based on second and third quarter data, measured speeds from millions of unique users, samples, internet speed tests, and data points.
Comcast’s XFINITY® Internet was the quickest as per the report, followed by Verizon®, whose Fios® fiber optic network earlier reached 8 Gbps speeds in a test of NG-PON2 technology in October 2018 across its live network. Cox® internet grabbed the third spot going by the speed score assigned by Ookla, but it said that both Verizon® and Cox® are close behind XFINITY® in a tie for the second spot. Verizon’s slightly higher speed score makes it second though, just a shy above Cox®.
The five main cities with the quickest internet speeds were Kansas City, Austin, Lubbock, Raleigh, and San Antonio. These cities had many internet providers that helped them achieve the respective positions in the report.
What is also interesting about the findings is that the average speeds of the same service provider varied from one place to the other, maybe because the sample data was drafted based on different sources of it. For instance, the same XFINITY® was part of both the cities that ranked and high and low in the same report.
The service of the Philadelphia-based telecommunications company provided the quickest speeds in many states, including Colorado, California, and New Hampshire. The wireless provider Verizon® gave the fastest speeds in New York and Virginia. On the other hand, Cox Communications® internet provided the quickest performances in Arizona and Oklahoma.
“With gigabit expanding across the nation, fixed broadband speeds in the United States are rapidly increasing. Speedtest data reveals a 35.8 percent increase in mean download speed during the last year and a 22 percent increase in upload speed,” officials said. “As a result, the US ranks seventh in the world for download speed, between Hungary and Switzerland. The US ranks 27th for upload, between Bulgaria and Canada, during Q2-Q3 2018.”
They further added, “Though 5G looms on the mobile horizon, fixed broadband speeds in the US continue to outpace those on mobile, showing both faster speeds and greater increases in speed.”