PCMag.com conducted more than 200,000 individual tests as part of its third annual study of fastest Internet service providers. After testing which ISP provided the fastest broadband and in which state, it found that Verizon's FiOS fiber-optic connections were the fastest overall service. Cablevision's Optimum Online was the fastest cable ISP in the United States.
Florida ranked 23rd in its search for the state with the fastest connection. Nevada, Virginia, and Pennsylvania were the top three.
To test the nation's best ISPs, PCMag used a custom-designed SurfSpeed application (a utility that grabs pages from several popular Web sites to measure actual Internet surfing speed) and sifted through data from over 17,000 unique IP addresses.
Cable connections were found to be 47 percent faster than DSL.