The Fastest Internet Providers in 2022
We analyzed data from millions of speed tests to find the fastest and fastest-growing internet providers
*Data effective 6/17/2022. Data taken from internet user results conducted on HighSpeedInternet.com’s speed test between June 1, 2020, to June 1, 2022. Not all speeds and packages available in all areas and are subject to change.
Data shows that American internet speeds are getting faster—a lot faster. But what are the fastest internet providers around?
According to our analysis of millions of results on our internet speed test, Google Fiber is the fastest internet provider in the United States. Its average upload and download speeds dominate over other, much larger internet service providers (ISPs)—often by a wide margin. But it’s not the only fast ISP in the US. Xfinity, Verizon, and MetroNet also rank in the top five for fastest speeds.
The question of which internet providers give customers the fastest speeds has never been more timely, as more Americans need a fast connection to get by and more ISPs compete to one-up each other on the fastest internet plans possible. There are multiple ways of looking at internet speed, and in this report, we dive deeper into the question of which ISPs are the fastest and why.
To get answers, we’ve analyzed four years’ worth of speed test data from HighSpeedInternet.com’s speed test tool. Millions of netizens take our speed test each year, and the results give us a comprehensive view of how internet speeds have been shaped by industry developments, technological advancements, and the global COVID-19 pandemic. Below, you’ll find our rankings for the fastest internet providers in the United States, along with an analysis of how major ISPs’ speeds have improved almost universally since 2018.
*Data effective 6/17/2022. Data taken from internet user results conducted on HighSpeedInternet.com’s speed test between June 1, 2021, to June 1, 2022. Not all speeds and packages available in all areas and are subject to change. The weighted speed score is not an actual internet speed.
Google Fiber is the fastest internet provider in the United States, delivering the fastest average speeds to its customers on the most consistent basis. With maximum advertised speeds up to 2,000 Mbps and 12-month average download speeds of 167.1 Mbps, the fiber provider earns an integrated speed score (ISS) of 185.2.
The ISS is HighSpeedInternet.com’s method for ranking internet speed performance. It’s based on a combination of 90% of a provider’s average download speed with 10% of the same provider’s average upload speed. We came up with the score based on analyzing data from 2.6 million speed tests conducted with our internet speed test tool from June 1, 2021, to June 1, 2022.
Though it’s available in only 19 cities, Google’s flagship fiber-optic service has been the fastest internet provider since 2018, handily beating out all competitors every year.
But other providers have also shown impressive scores. Xfinity is the second-fastest internet provider, with max advertised speeds up to 3,000 Mbps and an ISS of 159.6. Verizon, MetroNet, and AT&T all come in close behind with scores ranging from 145.7 to
A growing number of fiber and cable internet providers have been racing to boost their internet plans to new multigigabit heights. AT&T and Ziply both now offer plans with 2,000 Mbps and 5,000 Mbps in select areas. Xfinity has a much-touted (but hard to find) plan that reaches 6,000 Mbps. Google Fiber and Frontier also have 2,000 Mbps plans.
Most internet providers offer top speeds of 940–1,000 Mbps. Anything faster isn’t necessary for the majority of internet users—and high prices and limited availability may make some of these plans out of reach anyway. Even 1,000 Mbps is a stretch, and most people have much slower speeds. But it’s clear from this push towards ever faster speeds that high bandwidth is a major selling point for internet users who are spending more time each year on the net.
Take our speed test to see what kind of bandwidth you have at home. You might be better off with a faster plan.
Other key findings and trends
In addition to showing the fastest internet providers according to the latest data, our report also delves into longterm trends that have been taking place since 2018. Read on for our analysis on the following major developments in internet speed.
- Internet speeds get faster across the board. All the major fiber, cable, and DSL (digital subscriber line) internet providers we looked into have shown a steady increase in speeds from 2018 to 2021.
- Providers compete to offer the fastest multigigabit speeds. Several internet providers now offer multigigabit speeds on residential internet plans, with top speeds reaching up to 5,000 Mbps.
- Average speeds have tripled for some providers. Between 2018 and 2021, average internet speeds among major internet providers have gone up by as much as 192%. Fiber providers showed the biggest gains.
- DSL declined, fiber expanded, and cable accelerated. Some internet providers saw huge gains as they pivoted away from DSL services to expand affordable fiber-optic offerings.