Internet Providers in Washington, District of Columbia

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Residential Internet Statistics for Washington, DC
Wired Internet Providers: 6
Average Speed Test Result: 118.63 Mbps
Top Advertised Speed: 1,000 Mbps
No Broadband Access: 1.01%

Internet Access in Washington, District of Columbia

4-5 Internet Service Providers, or "ISPs." are available for the average Washington resident. This is actually a high amount of choice contrasted with other cities. Competition between several providers in a city is correlated with lower pricing.

XFINITY from Comcast and Verizon High Speed Internet can also provide coverage in Washington, with significant shared territory in some blocks.

The plans listed here are collected by hand by our research staff.

Coverage from the two most common companies, Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) and HughesNet, generally, will overlap. As a result, the choice between Viasat and HughesNet is common.

In summary, Washington's broadband situation follows a common pattern in US cities: widespread availability of cable and DSL, with the caveat that the majority of houses are stuck with one provider for either type of Internet service. The cable/DSL pattern has a simple reason. Broadband companies have their roots as cable TV and landline phone corporations. So, they use these pre-existing infrastructures to deliver their broadband services. Fiber network access is growing as an alternative, and while some "Fiber" services aren't actually true "Fiber to the Home" connections, 74.80 percent of the population has access to fiber Internet stretching to a box near the property line. The area's weighted average downstream speed is 0.03 percent above the state average across all cities. See the speed test results below to see how local Internet providers compare over time.

Internet Statistics 2021

5,000 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.

This data is calculated from FCC datasets which providers are legally required to supply twice a year. We further validate this data for accuracy.

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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Washington, District of Columbia

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
RCN 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
XFINITY from Comcast 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
Starry Internet 200 Mbps Fiber 40s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
BullsEye Telecom 100 Mbps Fiber 1m 21s
Rise Broadband 50 Mbps Fixed Wireless 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Washington, District of Columbia

  • Xfinity - 99.1% Availability in Washington - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • RCN - 66.8% Availability in Washington - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Starry Internet - 0.3% Availability in Washington - Speeds up to 200 Mbps
  • Rise Broadband - 0.0% Availability in Washington - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • BullsEye Telecom - 0.0% Availability in Washington - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Washington - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Washington - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Providers in Nearby Cities

Internet Provider Competition Map For Washington

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Washington is the 1st most connected city in District of Columbia ahead of Takoma Park, Arlington, Hyattsville, Brentwood, and Mount Rainier.

The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.

Approximately 3,000 people in District of Columbia County don't have access to any wired internet.

This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.

Fiber Availability: 75% of people living in Washington have residential fiber service available to them.

Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.

Approximately 99% of Washington residents are serviced by multiple wired providers.

This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.

As of this month, 20057 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Washington.

Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.

In District of Columbia County, approximately 6,000 people do not have access to 25 Mbps wired broadband.

25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.

Broadband Access for Education in Washington

George Washington University and Georgetown University are the biggest universities in Washington. For the 43,471 combined students living in the area, strong broadband access is a must for obtaining educational materials and conducting research. George Washington University homes have 2 internet providers servicing the area on average, while Georgetown University has nearer to 3. George Washington University students that live around campus can expect to get downstream speeds of around 29.6 Mbps, according to speed test data in the George Washington University zip code. Speeds near Georgetown University average out to 81.58 Mbps over 1,380 tests run in the past year.
FCC and US Government reports regularly cite the need to better internet service access for college and high school attendees. There is a recognized correlation between increased high-speed broadband access and increased education/employment opportunities, especially in small cities and rural areas.

Data Cap Issues Around Washington

Data collected by our researchers shows that common providers in the area use data caps on residential Internet connections. Data caps are a public issue because users view caps as a strategy to limit streaming, while providers insist they are a necessary strategy for managing heavy network congestion. In either case, the culprit is video streaming, which easily consumes anywhere from one to seven Gigabytes per hour.

Internet access in Washington neighborhoods

Washington Broadband information can be found in the following neighborhoods: Chevy Chase.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Washington

Provider Type Coverage Speed
XFINITY from Comcast Cable 99.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
RCN Cable 66.8%+ 1,000 Mbps
Starry Internet Fiber and Fixed Wireless 40.7%+ 200 Mbps
DC Access Fixed Wireless 7.8%+ 75 Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 0.0%+ 50 Mbps
BullsEye Telecom Fiber 0.0%+ 100 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Comcast Business Cable 95.9%+ 987 Mbps
Vector Data Systems Fixed Wireless 78.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Fiber 27.5%+ 1,000 Mbps
Crown Castle Fiber Fiber 42.0%+ 1,000 Mbps
Verizon Business Fiber and Copper 38.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
GTT Communications DSL 40.1%+ 8 Mbps
Allied Telecom Group Copper 25.9%+ 1,000 Mbps
Zayo Fiber 14.3%+ 1,000 Mbps
RCN Business Fiber 11.5%+ 1,000 Mbps
Fusion Copper 10.7%+ 100 Mbps
Cogent Communications Fiber 10.2%+ 1,000 Mbps
Windstream Copper 4.5%+ 100 Mbps
Atlantech Online Fiber 4.3%+ 1,000 Mbps
Global Cloud Xchange Copper 3.2%+ 800 Mbps
Pilot Fiber 1.3%+ 10,000 Mbps
M3COM Fiber 0.8%+ -- Mbps
M2 nGage Fiber 0.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
Allstream Fiber 0.5%+ -- Mbps
Atlantic Metro Fiber 0.5%+ -- Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 0.2%+ 50 Mbps
Telefonica USA Copper 0.2%+ 0.768 Mbps
Panterra Copper 0.2%+ 1.5 Mbps
Orange Business Services Fiber 0.2%+ 1,000 Mbps
BroadAspect Fiber 0.0%+ 1,000 Mbps

Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Washington

Took Care Of Business

A few months back, I had Xfinity over to fix a broken cable line under my house in a dark crawl space. Karl, the technician, had a great attitude. He made sure he took care of business. I could tell he really cared to make sure he got the difficult job done. I really appreciate cable technician Karl. The world needs more people like him. I'm completely satisfied with his professional service.

Best Decision I Ever Made

The ESVBA is the best internet provider in the Eastern Shore. I paid a little over $1,000 for my install because I wanted it underground. But that was the best $1,000 I ever spent. I could have opted for ariel and my install would have been $150. I have never had an outage with them and I could not be happier.

Great tech

Irving Dillon Stopped by today (1 Feb 20) on time. He was very patient with the older person he was assisting. Super guy. You should spot reward him and let him know that his professional and understanding demeanor put Cox in a great light.

Full Of It!

This has to be one of the worst experiences I have ever had these people have taken double payments out of my account and have been giving me the run around. I have asked for assistance for 4 days without no result and no one seems to care. This has caused me real stress because I have other bills to pay. I wish I would have read the reviews before I went with this company. There pricing is extremely high and has to be some of the worst customer service ever.If you are reading this and considering this company please DON’T. I’m going back AT&T I hate Xfinity/Comcast the suck and don’t even give a damn!

Good provider, excellent service

Was a customer for 1 1/2 years. Service and support were always excellent. When I wanted to change my speed to save money the service person was able to work out a plan where I kept my current speed yet got a discount on the monthly rate. I’m sorry they don’t service the area I moved to as I really was satisfied with the service and support of RCN.

Excellent

No problems, whether international, online, phone, or in person always received professional assistance. Reliable service and hotspot.

Up and Down

When it works, it's great, when it's not it is terrible. Majority of the time it is decent. But when it is not, and that's more often than reasonable, it is terrible, frustrating and pretty much shuts me down, so frustrating that I just turn my computer off. Not consistently dependable. I am looking for another provider.

1.0 mps is really 350-450 during the day. Disappointing. But is only $15/month.

Frequently Asked Questions About Internet in Washington, District of Columbia

  • What is the cheapest Internet service in Washington?

    RCN offers the cheapest internet plans in Washington, starting at $22.00 per month.

  • What is the fastest Internet in Washington?

    XFINITY from Comcast is the fastest internet provider in Washington, with speeds up to 1200 Mbps.

  • How much is Internet in Washington?

    Internet plans in Washington range from $22.00/month for internet-only to $34.26/month for a triple play bundle.