Ookla has expanded its Net Index to include ISP performance rankings. This new data set enables users to take the next step in broadband performance evaluation, digging past consumer broadband marketing and penetration, into actual ISP performance. The new index feature will also provide clear ISP ratings, based on end-user insight gleaned from more than one million daily tests on Ookla’s popular Speedtest.net site.

Just like all the data behind Net Index, the ISP rankings are updated daily and are available for free. A user simply selects the appropriate index – Download, Upload or Quality – then drills into the applicable geographical region, city, etc., getting access to ISP rankings. In addition, each ISP will be listed with a 1 to 5 star rating system based on end-user provided input.  Consumers can use this data to assess their current or potential ISP, identify preferred ISPs in another city in preparation for a move, or to help a family member.?

As of today, the new ISP rankings show the top residential ISP in the U.S. based on download speed performance is Comcast, followed by Charter, Optimum Online, MidContinent Communications and Road Runner to round out the top five. Upload speeds tell a different story with Surewest Broadband on top, followed by Verizon Internet Services, AT&T Worldnet, Comcast and Cox.??

In the near future, Ookla will add a Value component to Net Index, allowing consumers to see the cost breakdown associated with broadband services by country, state, city, and even by ISP. The Value Index is currently in development, but to-date Ookla has collected survey information from more than 100,000 broadband-only participants.

Preliminary data shows the current average monthly cost for broadband in the U.S at $47.32, with the average cost per Mbps at $5.06, although this varies greatly from state-to-state. For example, based on download speed, California broadband costs just $4.24 per Mbps, while residents of Idaho pay $8.80, Washington respondents averaged just $3.89 per Mbps and Michigan subscribers pay $6.36.?

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