US online video service Netflix has released the latest data for broadband connections in the US which carry its streams, and they make some interesting reading, including the revelation that Google Fiber is now the most consistently fast ISP in the country.
Writing on the Netflix blog, Ken Florance, Vice President of Content Delivery at Netflix, writes: “Broadly, cable shows better than DSL. AT&T U-verse, which is a hybrid fibre-DSL service, shows quite poorly compared to Verizon FiOS, which is pure fibre.”
Comcast is the country’s top-ranked cable operator, coming in at third place behind Google Fiber and Verizon, followed by Charter Communications, which has slipped two places.
“The average performance is well below the peak performance due to a variety of factors including home Wi-Fi, a variety of devices, and a variety of encodes,” added Florance.
“The relative ranking, however, should be an accurate indicator of relative bandwidth typically experienced across all users, homes, and applications.”
The Netflix exec adds that from now on, the company will be publishing monthly rankings of major ISPs based upon their actual performance across all Netflix streams.
Broadband providers of America – consider yourselves warned…