The Fastest Internet Providers 2022

We analyzed speed test data for 2021 to determine which internet providers top the speed charts.

Best Overall
Xfinity Internet
Xfinity Internet
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Starting from
$39.99
/mo
Max advertised speeds:
3,000 Mbps
Weighted speed score:
49
Fastest download speeds
Google Fiber
Google Fiber
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Starting from
$70.00
/mo
Max advertised speeds:
2,000 Mbps
Weighted speed score:
39
Best for low latency
Verizon Fios Home Internet
Verizon Fios Home Internet
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Starting from
$39.99
/mo
Max advertised speeds:
Up to 940 Mbps
Weighted speed score:
41
Runner-up
Cox Internet
Cox Internet
3 out of 5 stars
3
Starting from
$29.99
/mo
Max advertised speeds:
Up to 1,000 Mbps
Weighted speed score:
47
Runner-up
Spectrum Internet®
Spectrum Internet®
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starting from
$49.99
/mo
Max advertised speeds:
Up to 1,000 Mbps
Weighted speed score:
49
Catherine McNally
Editorial Lead, Internet & Gaming
Read More
May 04, 2022
8 min read

Everyone loves fast internet, and these large internet service providers (ISPs) offer the zippiest speeds available.

First across the finish line in our latest internet speeds report  were Xfinity and Google Fiber, while Verizon Fios Home Internet, Cox, and Spectrum all saw excellent speeds as well. All five ISPs offer gig-speed (or near-gig-speed) plans, plus you’ve got Google Fiber’s 2 Gbps plan and Xfinity’s 3 Gbps plan.

But which of these fast internet providers is best for you? And which of their fastest internet plans meets your needs? Let’s dig into the details and figure it out.



The 7 fastest internet providers in the US
Provider
Weighted speed score
Monthly price range
Download speed range
Details
Xfinity Internet49$39.99$79.99*3001200 Mbps
Google Fiber39$70$10010002000 Mbps
Verizon Fios Home Internet41$39.99$89.99300940 Mbps
Cox Internet49$29.99$109.99^251000 Mbps
Spectrum Internet®47$49.99$89.99°2001000 Mbps
AT&T Fiber38$55$180**3005000 Mbps
Optimum Internet48$29.99$79.99††100940 Mbps
Data effective 11/11/21. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months. Some packages require a 1- or 2-year contract.
Plus taxes and fees. Service not available in all areas.
w/ Auto Pay + taxes & equip. charges.
^ For the first 12 months with a 1-year term agreement.
° For the first 12 months.
** Price after $5/mo Autopay & Paperless bill discount (w/in 2 bills). Plus taxes $ fees. Limited availability. May not be available in your area.
†† Plus taxes, fees, and other charges.
See the fastest internet speeds available in your area.

How to find the fastest internet in your area

If you’re in need of a lot of speed, there are a few things you should know before you fork over your cash.

7 things look for when shopping for fast internet:

  1. Find out what internet providers are in your area. Not all internet providers are available across the US, and you may find you’ve got different options for fast internet near you.
  2. Don’t spend more than you need to. Gigabit speeds are great and all, but if you can get away with a little less bandwidth, why not pay less too?
  3. Check your connection type. Fiber internet tends to be more reliable than cable, but both can deliver speeds of 1,000 Mbps or faster.
  4. Get a peg on upload speed. If you’re a YouTuber or running a photography business, look for fast upload speeds. Fiber internet is a good bet.
  5. Make sure your equipment can handle your internet speed. There’s no sense in buying gigabit internet if your modem and router can’t handle those speeds. We’ve got some tips for choosing a router if you need help.
  6. Get enough data. If you need fast internet speed to support a heap of online activities and devices, make sure you have enough data to keep you going.
  7. Troubleshoot slow internet. If your internet isn’t living up to your expectations, try some of these tips to speed up your connection.

Want to read more?

Comcast Xfinity: Best speeds overall

4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Weighted score
49**
Download speeds
501200 Mbps
Upload speeds
535 Mbps
Starts at
$19.99
/mo

**Weighted score calculated by combining 70% of the ISP’s average download speed, 20% of its average upload speed, and 10% of its average latency for 2021.

Average download and upload speeds calculated using proprietary speed test data for January 1–December 31, 2021 and January 1–December 31, 2020. Actual speeds may vary.

Xfinity ranked at the top of our list, racking up excellent download speed, upload speed, and latency scores throughout 2021.

We’ve been Xfinity customers for almost a decade now, and we’ve experienced steady speeds with few internet performance issues. We will say that Xfinity’s data cap of 1.2 TB is a bit low for our tastes—we prefer unlimited data. (No data cap, no worries.)

If you’re looking for the fastest Xfinity internet plan, check out the Gigabit Pro (or Gigabit X3 in the Northeast). Gigabit Pro offers 2,000 Mbps speeds, or you can drop down a tier and grab the Gigabit plan. We wouldn’t blame you, the Gigabit Pro’s monthly price of $299.95 is shocking.

Xfinity Bundle: Get a free streaming box
Deals

Xfinity's 3 for 1 Bundle gives you internet and streaming for $30/mo. with an Xfinity Mobile plan. This is a great deal for those who don't like contracts or price hikes. You'll also get a free Flex 4K streaming TV box with access to Peacock.

Fastest Xfinity internet plans

Plan
Price
Download speeds
Upload speeds
Details
Gigabit Pro$299.95/mo.‡‡3000 Mbps3000 Mbps
Gigabit$79.99/mo.^^1200 Mbps35 Mbps
Ultrafast$69.99/mo.^^Up to 900 Mbps15 Mbps
Superfast$59.99/mo.^^Up to 600 Mbps10 Mbps
Fast$49.99/mo.^^Up to 300 Mbps5 Mbps
Connect More$39.99/mo.^^Up to 100 Mbps5 Mbps
Connect$19.99/mo.^^Up to 50 Mbps5 Mbps
Data effective 04/18/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
‡‡ With a 2-year agreement.
^^ For the first 12 months with a 1-year agreement. Includes $10/mo automatic payments and paperless billing discount.
See the fastest Xfinity internet plans in your area.

Google Fiber: Fastest download speeds

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Weighted score
39**
Download speeds
10002000 Mbps
Upload speeds
1000 Mbps
Starts at
$70.00
/mo

**Weighted score calculated by combining 70% of the ISP’s average download speed, 20% of its average upload speed, and 10% of its average latency for 2021.

Average download and upload speeds calculated using proprietary speed test data for January 1–December 31, 2021 and January 1–December 31, 2020. Actual speeds may vary.

We couldn’t create a list of fast internet providers without mentioning Google Fiber. It regularly pushes the download speed limits, which is seen in its average download speed of 163 Mbps in 2021.

Google Fiber’s fastest plan is its 2,000 Mbps, or 2 gig, plan. Along with quadruple-digit speeds, Google Fiber also comes with unlimited data and zippy upload speeds.

On the downside, Google Fiber is limited to a handful of big cities across the US. So if you don’t live in a place where Google offers internet service, check out some of the other fastest internet providers in this review.

Fastest Google Fiber plans

Plan
Price
Download speeds
Upload speeds
Details
Google Fiber 2000$100.00/mo.°°2000 Mbps1000 Mbps
Google Fiber 1000$70.00/mo.°°1000 Mbps1000 Mbps
Data effective 04/26/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
°° Terms and Conditions: Plus taxes and fees. Service not available in all areas. If you live in an apartment or condo, Google Fibers ability to construct and provide Fiber is subject to the continued agreement between Google Fiber and the property owner. Upload/download speed and device streaming claims are based on maximum wired speeds. Actual Internet speeds are not guaranteed and may vary based on factors such as hardware and software limitations, latency, packet loss, etc
Is Google Fiber available near you? Enter your zip code and we’ll check for you.

Verizon Fios Home Internet: Lowest Latency

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Weighted score
41**
Download speeds
300940 Mbps
Upload speeds
300880 Mbps
Starts at
$39.99
/mo

**Weighted score calculated by combining 70% of the ISP’s average download speed, 20% of its average upload speed, and 10% of its average latency for 2021.

Average download and upload speeds calculated using proprietary speed test data for January 1–December 31, 2021 and January 1–December 31, 2020. Actual speeds may vary.

Verizon Fios Home Internet is another well-known provider when it comes to fast speeds. It offers a near-gig fiber internet plan to residents of the Northeast, and from what we hear, you’re likely to get the speeds it promises.

Verizon Fios Home Internet also boasted the lowest average latency of 13 ms in 2021, which is excellent for anyone who games or livestreams.

You may notice that Verizon Fios Home Internet doesn’t advertise a data cap. The internet provider keeps its lips zipped when it comes to how much data you get, but word on the street is you get unlimited data. (Verizon neither confirms nor denies though.)

The Fios Gigabit Connection plan is Verizon Fios Home Internet’s fastest option. Keep in mind that its monthly price isn’t promotional. So your bill isn’t guaranteed to go up next year. (Although it isn’t guaranteed that it won’t either.)

Fastest Verizon Fios Home Internet plans

Plan
Price
Download speeds
Upload speeds
Details
Fios Gigabit Connection$89.99/mo.***Up to 940 MbpsUp to 880 Mbps
Internet 500/500$64.99/mo.500 Mbps500 Mbps
Internet 400/400$64.99/mo.400 Mbps400 Mbps
Data effective 11/11/21. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
*** w/ Auto Pay.
w/ Auto Pay + taxes & equip. charges.
See all the Verizon Fios Home Internet plans available near you.

Cox: Runner-up

3 out of 5 stars
3
Weighted score
49**
Download speeds
251000 Mbps
Upload speeds
335 Mbps
Starts at
$29.99
/mo

**Weighted score calculated by combining 70% of the ISP’s average download speed, 20% of its average upload speed, and 10% of its average latency for 2021.

Average download and upload speeds calculated using proprietary speed test data for January 1–December 31, 2021 and January 1–December 31, 2020. Actual speeds may vary.

Cox surprised us by boosting itself to the top of the pack in terms of internet speed. When we checked speed performance for over 200 ISPs in 2021, Cox landed in 5th place. That’s no small feat.

That said, you’ll want to grab one of Cox’s 250 Mbps or faster plans to really enjoy that internet speed. Its prices for the Preferred 250 and Ultimate 500 plans are a good value, but you might be able to find a cheaper gig plan.

You’ll also want to keep in mind that Cox internet plans come with a 1.25 TB data cap. Sure, most of us won’t get near that cap, but if you download a bunch of movies or games in one month, you’ll for sure get close. That’s why we prefer unlimited data for those “just in case” moments.

Fastest Cox internet plans

Plan
Price
Download speeds
Upload speeds
Details
Cox Gigablast$99.99/mo.†††Up to 1000 Mbps35 Mbps
Cox Internet Ultimate 500$79.99/mo.†††500 Mbps10 Mbps
Cox Internet Preferred 250$59.99/mo.†††Up to 250 Mbps10 Mbps
Cox Internet Essential 50$39.99/mo.†††50 Mbps3 Mbps
Cox Internet Starter 25$29.99/mo.†††25 Mbps3 Mbps
Data effective 04/26/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
††† for 12 months with 1-yr. term agreement
Enter your zip code to see all the Cox internet plans available in your area.

Spectrum: Runner-up

4 out of 5 stars
4
Weighted score
47**
Download speeds
2001000 Mbps
Upload speeds
1035 Mbps
Starts at
$49.99
/mo

**Weighted score calculated by combining 70% of the ISP’s average download speed, 20% of its average upload speed, and 10% of its average latency for 2021.

Average download and upload speeds calculated using proprietary speed test data for January 1–December 31, 2021 and January 1–December 31, 2020. Actual speeds may vary.

Another surprising leader in terms of internet speed is Spectrum. This ISP pumped up the speed over the last year to land in 13th place out of 284 internet providers.

Spectrum’s recent price cut on its Gig plan is another point in its favor. This gigabit-speed plan used to be one of the most expensive on the block, but now it offers a lot of value and a competitive price of about $90 a month for your first 12 months. Its setup fee also got rolled back to $19.99.

These changes put to rest most of our concerns with Spectrum Internet, and we now find it to be a great value pick—especially since its speed performance is now top-level.

Fastest Spectrum Internet plans

Plan
Price
Download speeds
Upload speeds
Details
Spectrum Internet® Gig$89.99/mo. for 12 mos.‡‡‡Up to 1000 Mbps^^^35 Mbps
Spectrum Internet® Ultra$69.99/mo. for 12 mos.°°°Up to 400 Mbps****20 Mbps
Spectrum Internet®$49.99/mo. for 12 mos.°°°Up to 200 Mbps****10 Mbps
Data effective 04/28/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
‡‡‡ Limited time offer; subject to change; valid to qualified residential customers who have not subscribed to any services within the previous 30 days and who have no outstanding obligation to Charter. Spectrum Internet® Gig promotion price is $89.99/mo; standard rates apply after yr. 1. Taxes, fees and surcharges extra and subject to change during and after the promotional period; installation/network activation, equipment and additional services are extra.
^^^ Speed based on wired connection. Available Internet speeds may vary by address. Gig capable modem required for Gig speed. For a list of Gig capable modems, visit Spectrum.net/modem.
°°° Limited time offer; subject to change; valid to qualified residential customers who have not subscribed to any services within the previous 30 days and who have no outstanding obligation to Charter.
**** Wireless speeds may vary.
Enter your zip code to see which Spectrum Internet plans are in your area.

Recap: 7 fastest internet providers and plans

  • Xfinity: Available almost nationwide, Xfinity’s speeds top the charts. We recommend its Gigabit plan for the best value and fastest speeds of 1,200 Mbps.
  • Google Fiber: Google Fiber is well-known for delivering excellent speeds, and its newest plan boosts you to 2 gigs without costing an arm and a leg.
  • Verizon Fios Home Internet: You’ll get excellent service in terms of speed and customer care with Verizon Fios Home Internet. Its Fios Gigabit Connection plan offers steady, near-gigabit speeds for a decent price.
  • Cox: Coming out of left field, Cox landed at the top of our speed charts. Its 250 and 500 Mbps plans are the best deal, though it does offer a gig plan as well.
  • Spectrum: Spectrum’s latest changes to its Gig plan make it a great value if you’re looking for steadily fast internet speeds.
  • AT&T Fiber: AT&T’s fiber internet is typically a great deal—you get zippy speeds at some of the lowest prices around.
  • Optimum: Though it serves only a small part of the Northeast, Optimum consistently ranks as one of the fastest ISPs in our lists.

The fastest internet providers in each region

Curious to know if any of our fastest internet picks are available in your area? Or maybe you want to know how your local ISP compares? Check out our lists of the top 10 fastest internet providers in the Northeast, South, Midwest, West, and Alaska and Hawaii.

10 fastest ISPs in the Northeast

States in this region: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont

Fastest internet providers in the Northeastern US

Rank and provider
Average download speed
Average upload speed
Regional weighted score
Connection type
1. Xfinity145 Mbps62 Mbps50Cable/Fiber
2. Optimum128 Mbps74 Mbps48Cable/Fiber
3. Empire Access118 Mbps53 Mbps48Fiber
4. Astound Broadband Powered by RCN131 Mbps79 Mbps48Cable
5. Spectrum101 Mbps38 Mbps47Cable
6. Cox122 Mbps85 Mbps45Cable/Fiber
7. Burlington Telecom112 Mbps87 Mbps44Fiber
8. Mid-Hudson Cablevision95 Mbps73 Mbps44Fiber
9. Atlantic Broadband99 Mbps74 Mbps43Cable
10. Shrewsbury Electric and Cable48 Mbps26 Mbps42Cable/Fiber

*Weighted regional score calculated by combining 70% of the ISP’s average download speed, 20% of its average upload speed, and 10% of its average latency for 2021.

**Average download and upload speeds calculated using proprietary speed test data for January 1–December 31, 2021 and January 1–December 31, 2020. Actual speeds may vary.

10 fastest ISPs in the South

States in this region: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia

Rank and provider
Average download speed
Average upload speed
Regional weighted score
Connection type
1. TDS99 Mbps21 Mbps51Cable/Fiber
2. Astound Broadband Powered by RCN137 Mbps67 Mbps50Cable
3. Astound Broadband Powered by Grande Communications151 Mbps74 Mbps49Cable
4. Columbia Power and Water Systems86 Mbps36 Mbps49Fiber
5. Xfinity140 Mbps76 Mbps48Cable/Fiber
6. Cox130 Mbps67 Mbps48Cable/Fiber
7. Spectrum114 Mbps51 Mbps47Cable
8. Fuse Internet Access124 Mbps69 Mbps47Fiber
9. Country Cablevision55 Mbps19 Mbps46Fiber
10. Easton Utilities Commission77 Mbps48 Mbps46Fiber

*Weighted regional score calculated by combining 70% of the ISP’s average download speed, 20% of its average upload speed, and 10% of its average latency for 2021.

**Average download and upload speeds calculated using proprietary speed test data for January 1–December 31, 2021 and January 1–December 31, 2020. Actual speeds may vary.

10 fastest ISPs in the Midwest

States in this region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

Fastest internet providers in the Midwestern US

Rank and provider
Average download speed
Average upload speed
Regional weighted score
Connection type
1. Metro Communications Company164 Mbps77 Mbps51Fiber
2. USFamily.net101 Mbps40 Mbps49DSL
3. Xfinity135 Mbps68 Mbps49Cable/Fiber
4. Astound Broadband Powered by RCN137 Mbps85 Mbps48Cable
5. Cellcom78 Mbps22 Mbps48Fixed Wireless
6. Cox123 Mbps57 Mbps47Cable/Fiber
7. Fuse Internet Access129 Mbps65 Mbps47Fiber
8. WOW!112 Mbps57 Mbps47Cable
9. CableAmerica Corporation98 Mbps40 Mbps46Cable
10. Spectrum98 Mbps44 Mbps46Cable

*Weighted regional score calculated by combining 70% of the ISP’s average download speed, 20% of its average upload speed, and 10% of its average latency for 2021.

**Average download and upload speeds calculated using proprietary speed test data for January 1–December 31, 2021 and January 1–December 31, 2020. Actual speeds may vary.

10 fastest ISPs in the West

States in this region: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

Fastest internet providers in the Western US

Rank and provider
Average download speed
Average upload speed
Regional weighted score
Connection type
1. Giggle Fiber164 Mbps21 Mbps59Fiber
2. Xfinity150 Mbps65 Mbps51Cable/Fiber
3. Cox140 Mbps55 Mbps51Cable/Fiber
4. Spectrum119 Mbps46 Mbps50Cable
5. Valley Telecom Internet117 Mbps45 Mbps46Fiber/Fixed Wireless
6. Sparklight121 Mbps63 Mbps45Cable
7. Coast Communications Company52 Mbps18 Mbps45Cable/Fiber
8. Astound Broadband Powered by Wave Broadband107 Mbps79 Mbps45Cable
9. Orbitel Communications, LLC57 Mbps20 Mbps45Cable
10. South Central Communications117 Mbps73 Mbps44DSL/Fiber

*Weighted regional score calculated by combining 70% of the ISP’s average download speed, 20% of its average upload speed, and 10% of its average latency for 2021.

**Average download and upload speeds calculated using proprietary speed test data for January 1–December 31, 2021 and January 1–December 31, 2020. Actual speeds may vary.

5 fastest ISPs in Alaska and Hawaii

States in this region: Alaska and Hawaii

Note: Only five internet providers in Alaska and Hawaii had 100 or more speed test results for 2021. We’ve included only those five in the table below.

Fastest internet providers in Alaska and Hawaii

Rank and provider
Average download speed
Average upload speed
Regional weighted score
Connection type
1. GCI Communications128 Mbps75 Mbps43Fiber
2. Spectrum95 Mbps40 Mbps40Cable
3. Hawaiian Telcom85 Mbps92 Mbps35Fiber
4. MTA Solutions25 Mbps28 Mbps27Fiber
5. Alaska Communications14 Mbps99 Mbps21DSL

*Weighted regional score calculated by combining 70% of the ISP’s average download speed, 20% of its average upload speed, and 10% of its average latency for 2021.

**Average download and upload speeds calculated using proprietary speed test data for January 1–December 31, 2021 and January 1–December 31, 2020. Actual speeds may vary.

Methodology

Our data set includes speed test results from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. We required at least 100 speed tests for internet providers to be included in our report. Afterward, we removed results for business internet, cellular data, and any incomplete or duplicate entries.

We then averaged download speeds, upload speeds, and latency for each ISP. After that, we calculated a weighted score that represents 70% of each ISP’s average download speed, 20% of its average upload speed, and 10% of its average latency.

Next, we used these weighted scores to rank each internet provider in terms of speed performance over the past year.

Catherine McNally
Written by
Catherine McNally
Catherine has a degree in journalism and an MBA, and has spent the last 10+ years writing everything from Okinawa travel guides to stories on Medium. She’s been online since AOL CDs were a thing and is an unapologetic PC gamer. She believes the internet is a necessity, not a luxury, and writes reviews and guides to help everyone stay connected. You can also find her on Twitter: @CMReviewsIt.

Related Articles

Best TV Service Providers of 2022
Find the best TV provider for you with our 2021 TV Service Buyers Guide. Compare...
Teen boy streaming TV shows and movies on tablet in bedroom
Top 10 Best Streaming Apps
We ranked the top 10 best streaming services by comparing overall content, originals, channels, user...
Family watching Philo TV
Comcast Xfinity TV vs. YouTube TV Review 2022
One of the most reliable cable TV providers and one of the best live TV...
Friends getting excited while watching sports on TV in living room
How to Watch ESPN Without Cable
If you want to figure out how to stream ESPN, we’ve done the research for...