Netflix index sheds light on ISP speeds

Geoff Pickle, Web EditorHow can one go about watching episodes of “Mad Men” more quickly? How about the upcoming, Netflix-only release of the fourth season of “Arrested Development” when it hits the Web on May 26?

Well, you could hope Google throws you a bone.

The Web giant, which is testing its fiber service in select cities – including its first pilot program in Kansas City – handily topped a Netflix speed test conducted for April, showcasing the ability of Internet service providers to stream TV shows and movies through its service, according to The speed index took into account more than 36 million Neflix members worldwide who watch more than 1 billion hours of TV shows and movies per month.

Google Fiber – currently only available in Kansas City and coming soon to Austin, Texas – was the top ISP for Netflix during April, averaging a speed of 3.41 megabits per second. It was a full megabit per second higher than No. 2-ranked Cablevision – Optimum.

Not surprising, given Google Fiber’s claimed ability to deliver connection speeds up to 100 times faster than other broadband services available on the market. Though I am jealous of Kansas City residents, I love Springfield, and thus, will have to make due with my 11th place average Netflix speeds of 2 Mbps provided by AT&T’s U-verse service.

The other primary local service available to Springfieldians, Mediacom, ranked at No. 7 on the list, bumping up a spot from the previous month with average Netflix speeds of 2.14 Mbps. AT&T’s standard DSL service ranked 15th on the list, with average speeds of 1.48 Mbps.

Local speeds are a far cry from those of Google Fiber.

Still, Netflix never seems to put a strain on my service, and easily adapts to highs and lows in bandwidth. So I’ll be ready later this month, snacks in hand, to see the Bluths back in action – or perhaps inaction, as is often the case with a family chained to its own inadequacies and neuroses (hilarious as they may be.)

Season 4 is on its way.

Season 4 is on its way.

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