Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable each rose in Netflix’s ISP Speed Index for December 2014, publishing results from what is historically the OTT service’s heaviest streaming month.
Among major U.S. ISPs, Cox, with an average Netflix streaming speed of 3.21 Mbps, rose one spot, to No. 5, while TWC (3.18 Mbps) jumped three spots, taking slot No. 6. Charter Communications, meanwhile, dropped three – to No. 8. – and Suddenlink Communications dropped one spot, good for No. 9 on the index.
The rest of the 16 major ISPs ranked by Netflix was unchanged in December, with Verizon FiOS keeping the crown (3.36 Mbps average), just ahead of Cablevision Systems (3.32 Mbps), Bright House Communications (3.30 Mbps), and Comcast (3.24 Mbps).
In the expanded index, Google Fiber (3.70 Mbps) topped all U.S. ISPs tracked by Netflix, followed by Grande Communications (3.50 Mbps), San Juan Cable (3.49 Mbps), Midcontinent Communications (3.43 Mbps), and RCN (3.40 Mbps).
Amid the backdrop of these monthly ISP speed reports, Netflix has urged the FCC to include peering deals into the discussion as the Commission pursues new network neutrality rules, with a vote on its proposal expected to take place in February.
Netflix prefers that ISPs join Open Connect, its private content delivery network (members include RCN, WideOpenWest, Cablevision, Suddenlink Communications, and Cox, among several others), but has reluctantly signed paid interconnection deals with Comcast, AT&T, Verizon Communications and Time Warner Cable. Bright House is benefiting from the TWC-Netflix agreement. In a recent letter to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai in response to his concerns about the Open Connect program, Netflix held that Open Connect is not an Internet "fast lane," but is instead a program aimed to help ISPs reduce costs and to manage congestion.