Bright House, TWC Rise in Netflix Rankings

Verizon FiOS remained on top of Netflix’s ISP Speed Index for the month of February among the nation’s major ISPs, with Bright House Networks and Time Warner Cable rising in the OTT provider’s monthly rankings.  

Verizon FiOS’s average Netflix speed during primetime hours for February clocked in at 3.79 Mbps, enough to keep a slight edge on Cox Communication (3.71 Mbps.), Bright House and Cablevision Systems (3.69 Mbps each), and Comcast (3.65 Mbps). 

Among ISP gainers, Bright House jumped six spots (to number three among major U.S. ISPs rated by Netflix), while TWC rose two spots (to number eight). Notably, TWC has a paid interconnection deal with Netflix, and Bright House has been taking advantage of the TWC-Netflix deal.  Charter Communications, which is trying to acquire TWC and Bright House, has pledged to extend its current “settlement-free” interconnection policy to the acquired systems, a decision that Netflix has praised.

Cablevision and Comcast each fell one spot in the rankings, while Mediacom Communications, Suddenlink Communications and AT&T U-verse each fell two spots.

Windstream (2.45 Mbps), Verizon –DSL (2.08 Mbps) and  CenturyLink (1.54 Mbps) remained at the bottom of Netflix’s rankings of top U.S. ISPs.

With smaller ISPs factored into Netflix’s rankings, Grande Communications and Midco (3.82 Mbps average) shared the top spot, followed by WideOpenWest (3.81 Mbps), Verizon FiOS and EPG (3.79 Mbps), and Cox Communications (3.71 Mbps).

Among individual countries tracked by Netflix, the Netherlands led with a 4.04 Mbps average, followed by Belgium and Luxembourg (3.92 Mbps), and Sweden (3.82). The U.S. averaged 3.34 Mbps for February, down from 3.5 Mbps in January 2016.

At CES in January, Netflix announced it had expanded service to 130 additional countries.

Editor's note: This story was swapped with an earlier post that had been based on Netflix data from January 2016.