With more people working from home (opens in a new tab)a fast internet connection is quickly becoming a necessity and new data from HighSpeedInternet.com has revealed that internet speeds (opens in a new tab) in the United States have become much faster in recent years.
To compile his new report (opens in a new tab)the site used data from its internal internet speed test tool to find the fastest and fastest growing internet service providers.
Based on HighSpeedInternet.com’s analysis of millions of internet speed test results, Google Fiber (opens in a new tab) was the fastest Internet Service Provider in the United States last year with average download and upload speeds faster than any other Internet Service Provider (ISP). The service has a maximum advertised speed of up to 2,000 Mbps and 12-month average download speeds of 161.6 Mbps.
Verizon Fios (opens in a new tab) was the second fastest ISP with advertised maximum speeds of up to 940 Mbps, followed by Metronet, Xfinity (opens in a new tab) and Astound Broadband. Yet, between 2018 and 2021, major ISPs in the US saw year-over-year speed increases with big improvements in average speed performance.
Rural internet speeds still lag
As internet speeds in US cities and other more congested areas have increased, the shift from DSL internet to fiber internet (opens in a new tab) has made it more difficult to improve internet speed in rural areas.
Although fiber internet speeds often reach 1,000 Mbps, fiber availability is much more limited nationwide, while DSL is widely available. However, ISPs have stopped expanding DSL in favor of fiber internet to provide their customers with faster internet.
For this reason, rural internet users have turned to satellite internet (opens in a new tab) because they don’t have to rely on ISPs to run the cable to get their homes connected. Satellite Internet has its own limitations, as each satellite provider has a limited number of satellites and expanding satellite infrastructure for increased bandwidth requires significant investment.
Increased customer needs during the pandemic may have put additional pressure on satellite providers, as HughesNet and Viasat saw their download speeds drop sharply between July 2019 and July 2020, according to data from HighSpeedInternet.com. .
Rural Internet Customers Still Have Options Thanks to Starlink Deployment (opens in a new tab) and 4G LTE internet (opens in a new tab) mobile carriers such as Verizon and T-Mobile have made it easier for them to get much faster Internet compared to other satellite providers. Starlink had an average download speed of 55 Mbps last year, while 4G internet speeds ranged from 25 to 100 Mbps.