Brighthouse Networks (Road Runner) was the highest ranked ISP for customer service in the South in the most recent J.D. Power & Associates rankings.
It scored "among the best" (the highest ranking) in performance and reliability, cost of service, customer service, and billing, and "better than most" in offerings and promotions.
Verizon was the overall winner in the East region, WOW! ranked highest in the North Central region, while EarthLink topped the West region.
According to the survey, the most popular combo among subscribers taking bundled service was a combination of video and Internet (about a third). The number of customers who take the triple-play bundle of video, voice and data has increased from 16% in 2008 to 19% in 2009.
In addition, the number who said they would probably or definitely add voice to the mix increased from 43% in 2008 to 53%.
Another good sign for customer satisfaction scores, the average hold time for customers with questions was down 30 seconds in 2009 from the year before.
The study is based on 23,997 residential Internet customers polled in January, March and July 2009.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.