Cable MSOs top list of fastest ISPs

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Cox, Comcast  (Nasdaq: CMCSA), Charter Communications (Nasdaq: CHTR) and other cable MSOs are the fastest broadband Internet service providers in the nation, according to new rankings from PC Magazine.

The rankings, based on data collected from Speedtest.net, showed that Cox cable modem subscribers see an average download speed of 18.51 Mbps and an average upstream speed of 4.80 Mbps. It was followed by Comcast (18.64 Mbps down/ 3.94 Mbps up) and Charter (18.34 Mbps down. 1.58 Mbps up).

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) was the highest ranked telco in the rankings, with an average download speed of 16.20 Mbps and an upstream speed of 9.21 Mbps. Verizon's results included a combination of its fiber-based FiOS Internet and slower DSL service, which impacted its ranking.

Rounding out the top-10 fastest ISPs were Insight Communications (15.43 Mbps down/ 1.76 Mbps up); Road Runner (15.24 Mbps down/ 1.30 up); Cablevision's (NYSE: CVC) Optimum Online (13.80 Mbps down/ 2.81 up); Cable One (9.20 Mbps down/1.02 up); Suddenlink Communications (9.02 Mbps down, 1.02 Mbps up); and Optimum West, the former Bresnan Communications systems which had an average download speed of 8.81 Mpbs and upload speed of 0.77 Mbps.

With high-speed Internet service helping drive sales of triple-play packages that include digital video and telephone service, the rankings are becoming more important for cable providers competing with telcos and DBS providers. Cable MSOs may also be able to use the data in marketing materials to lure cable modem customers from other ISPs.

For more:
- PC Magazine has this article

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