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Broadband Internet in Maryland

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Internet Access in Maryland

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Coverage by County

Maryland Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage by county.
95.2%
95.2% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
65.4%
65.4% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

125.2

3rd

Broadband Speeds

96.6%

of Marylanders have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

5.3%

of Marylanders have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

97.8%

of Marylanders have access to wireline service.

61.8%

of Marylanders have access to fiber-optic service.

95.5%

of Marylanders have access to cable service.

76.5%

of Marylanders have access to DSL service.

Largest Competing Providers In Maryland

Coverage by County in Maryland

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Allegany 88.8%
Anne Arundel 98.0%
Baltimore County 97.9%
Calvert 98.2%
Caroline 80.8%
Carroll 95.6%
Cecil 96.0%
Charles 94.1%
Dorchester 80.5%
Frederick 94.6%
Garrett 75.4%
Harford 98.4%
Howard 97.5%
Kent 74.0%
Montgomery 98.8%
Prince George's 98.0%
Queen Anne's 88.6%
St. Mary's 97.1%
Somerset 62.4%
Talbot 86.5%
Washington 92.3%
Wicomico 92.7%
Worcester 87.7%
Baltimore City 97.6%

Internet Speed in Top Maryland Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Baltimore 101.5 MBPS 24 Providers
2. Silver Spring 115.6 MBPS 25 Providers
3. Hyattsville 105.1 MBPS 22 Providers
4. Gaithersburg 110.0 MBPS 23 Providers
5. Rockville 131.6 MBPS 25 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Maryland

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Verizon Fios 146.9 MBPS
Verizon High Speed Internet 145.4 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 119.9 MBPS
Telegia Communications 8.8 MBPS
ALTIUS Broadband 4.5 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Maryland, 2020

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 9/1/2020.

Of all the states in the US, Maryland is ranked third in terms of broadband access ranking; it is outranked only by New Jersey and New York. The entire state enjoys relatively broad high-speed coverage, but even more so in the central part of Maryland. Remarkably, 61.5% of Marylanders have access to fiber-optic service, which is more than double the national average of 25% of consumers who have access to the same. In Maryland, user speed tests reveal that average download speeds are 196.2 Mbps, which is nearly the fastest in the country.

The Digital Divide in Maryland

While Maryland ranks among the states with the best broadband access in the US, there remains a digital divide between residents who have access to affordable, high-speed internet and those who do not.

For example, while 96.6% of Marylanders have access to wired broadband with of speeds of 25 Mbps or faster, 201,000 people in Maryland do not have access to a wired connection capable of the same speeds, and another 130,000 people do not have access to a wired internet connection at all. Further, 249,000 people in Maryland only have access to one wired internet provider at their place of residence, although there are 132 internet providers currently operating within the state.

However, affordability data shows that 65.4% of Maryland’s residents have access to what has been dubbed low-priced internet. To qualify as low-priced, an internet plan must cost $60 or less per month. Since only 51.5% of Americans have access to a low-priced plan, Maryland is comparatively ahead of the national curve.

Best-Connected Cities

Overall, Maryland excels in the area of providing high-speed, low-priced broadband coverage. However, a handful of cities in this small state feature the best combination of price, speed, and coverage. Currently, Silver Spring, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Hyattsville, and Baltimore are the best-connected cities in Maryland, with Silver Spring ranking as number one in the state.

Worst-Connected Cities

On the other hand, the cities with the worst internet connection in Maryland are Abell, Tall Timbers, Valley Lee, Corriganville, and Crumpton, with Abell ranking the lowest in the state.

Find out how Maryland stacks up against other states across the nation here.

Governmental Initiatives

Since 2010, over $4.7 million in federal grant funding has been awarded to the Maryland Broadband Cooperative to fund broadband data mapping and development.

Another $115,240,581 in federal grants has gone toward the Maryland Department of Information Technology to fund the expansion of broadband infrastructure within the state.

Additionally, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has created an Office of Rural Broadband with a mission to “to ensure that every rural Marylander has access to broadband services, regardless of their zip code”.

The information above is taken from a mix of public and private datasets. More about our data here.

Sources: Data collected via the FCC, NTIA, and other sources. For a full list of data sources please visit our data page.

Maryland Cities

Average speed over time
Aberdeen 99.5% 13 providers
Abingdon 99.3% 14 providers
Accokeek 99.6% 10 providers
Adamstown 87.9% 12 providers
Annapolis 94.6% 18 providers
Arnold 99.9% 14 providers
Baldwin 99.7% 14 providers
Baltimore 97.3% 24 providers
Bel Air 99.4% 16 providers
Belcamp 99.9% 14 providers
Beltsville 98.4% 16 providers
Berlin 93.5% 11 providers
Bethesda 99.8% 23 providers
Bladensburg 98.6% 12 providers
Boonsboro 96.2% 13 providers
Bowie 98.9% 20 providers
Boyds 89.3% 13 providers
Brandywine 98.1% 12 providers
Brentwood 100.0% 11 providers
Brookeville 100.0% 13 providers
Brooklyn 96.8% 15 providers
Brunswick 99.8% 10 providers
Bryans Road 99.5% 11 providers
Burtonsville 99.0% 16 providers
California 99.4% 14 providers
Cambridge 87.4% 11 providers
Capitol Heights 99.9% 14 providers
Catonsville 97.1% 17 providers
Centreville 81.3% 12 providers
Charlotte Hall 69.4% 13 providers
Chesapeake Beach 99.5% 10 providers
Chester 98.5% 12 providers
Chestertown 77.5% 14 providers
Chevy Chase 99.9% 21 providers
Clarksburg 99.3% 14 providers
Clarksville 99.4% 12 providers
Clear Spring 95.3% 10 providers
Clinton 99.8% 12 providers
Cockeysville 98.4% 19 providers
College Park 97.4% 16 providers
Columbia 97.4% 27 providers
Conowingo 94.8% 10 providers
Crisfield 99.7% 11 providers
Crofton 99.8% 14 providers
Crownsville 99.2% 11 providers
Cumberland 94.4% 12 providers
Curtis Bay 97.9% 15 providers
Damascus 100.0% 15 providers
Davidsonville 99.9% 13 providers
Delmar 96.2% 11 providers
Denton 82.8% 11 providers
Derwood 99.2% 17 providers
District Heights 97.6% 16 providers
Dundalk 99.3% 14 providers
Dunkirk 99.2% 14 providers
Easton 92.0% 13 providers
Edgewater 99.7% 13 providers
Edgewood 99.6% 15 providers
Elkridge 94.5% 18 providers
Elkton 97.9% 18 providers
Ellicott City 97.5% 19 providers
Emmitsburg 76.9% 10 providers
Essex 99.2% 15 providers
Fallston 99.7% 16 providers
Federalsburg 72.0% 9 providers
Finksburg 98.8% 16 providers
Forest Hill 99.6% 16 providers
Fort George G Meade 97.7% 15 providers
Fort Washington 98.1% 13 providers
Frederick 96.2% 16 providers
Frostburg 88.7% 10 providers
Fruitland 96.9% 11 providers
Gaithersburg 98.9% 23 providers
Gambrills 99.8% 14 providers
Germantown 98.0% 18 providers
Glen Arm 91.1% 13 providers
Glen Burnie 98.5% 16 providers
Glenn Dale 100.0% 12 providers
Grantsville 75.4% 9 providers
Grasonville 96.9% 11 providers
Great Mills 99.3% 9 providers
Greenbelt 96.2% 19 providers
Greensboro 82.2% 10 providers
Gwynn Oak 99.8% 14 providers
Hagerstown 91.4% 15 providers
Halethorpe 98.7% 16 providers
Hampstead 95.9% 12 providers
Hancock 79.0% 11 providers
Hanover 98.9% 18 providers
Havre De Grace 99.2% 13 providers
Hebron 90.0% 11 providers
Hollywood 99.6% 10 providers
Hughesville 98.0% 10 providers
Huntingtown 98.5% 9 providers
Hurlock 78.3% 11 providers
Hyattsville 98.3% 22 providers
Ijamsville 98.1% 15 providers
Indian Head 94.9% 10 providers
Jarrettsville 99.7% 14 providers
Jefferson 95.0% 11 providers
Jessup 84.0% 18 providers
Joppa 99.5% 14 providers
Kensington 100.0% 15 providers
Kingsville 99.4% 11 providers
Knoxville 92.3% 12 providers
La Plata 96.2% 13 providers
Lanham 96.0% 17 providers
Laurel 98.3% 20 providers
Leonardtown 98.8% 10 providers
Lexington Park 97.7% 16 providers
Linthicum Heights 99.9% 16 providers
Lothian 100.0% 11 providers
Lusby 99.2% 9 providers
Lutherville Timonium 98.0% 17 providers
Manchester 91.7% 11 providers
Marriottsville 99.9% 16 providers
Mechanicsville 96.9% 10 providers
Middle River 99.4% 16 providers
Middletown 97.4% 13 providers
Millersville 99.0% 15 providers
Monkton 92.9% 14 providers
Monrovia 99.5% 13 providers
Montgomery Village 99.4% 15 providers
Mount Airy 97.8% 16 providers
Mount Rainier 99.9% 13 providers
Myersville 95.8% 12 providers
New Market 99.4% 12 providers
New Windsor 89.0% 11 providers
North Beach 99.2% 9 providers
North East 97.0% 16 providers
Nottingham 99.8% 17 providers
Oakland 78.9% 13 providers
Ocean City 97.8% 13 providers
Odenton 99.3% 16 providers
Olney 99.0% 18 providers
Owings 98.7% 12 providers
Owings Mills 97.9% 18 providers
Oxon Hill 96.3% 12 providers
Parkton 95.8% 10 providers
Parkville 96.9% 16 providers
Pasadena 99.7% 14 providers
Perry Hall 99.5% 14 providers
Perryville 97.7% 14 providers
Phoenix 98.4% 16 providers
Pikesville 97.5% 20 providers
Pocomoke City 79.2% 12 providers
Poolesville 96.6% 13 providers
Port Deposit 95.6% 11 providers
Port Republic 99.2% 9 providers
Potomac 100.0% 15 providers
Preston 84.7% 10 providers
Prince Frederick 93.2% 14 providers
Princess Anne 69.9% 10 providers
Queenstown 96.4% 13 providers
Randallstown 99.3% 18 providers
Reisterstown 98.8% 17 providers
Ridgely 87.2% 12 providers
Rising Sun 96.2% 8 providers
Riverdale 99.9% 15 providers
Rockville 97.8% 25 providers
Rosedale 97.5% 18 providers
Saint Leonard 98.9% 8 providers
Salisbury 94.6% 13 providers
Severn 99.4% 14 providers
Severna Park 99.8% 14 providers
Shady Side 99.9% 10 providers
Sharpsburg 97.4% 13 providers
Silver Spring 99.1% 25 providers
Smithsburg 95.5% 12 providers
Snow Hill 72.7% 9 providers
Sparks Glencoe 97.8% 21 providers
Sparrows Point 99.9% 13 providers
Stevensville 99.4% 13 providers
Street 91.8% 13 providers
Suitland 94.7% 15 providers
Sykesville 97.2% 16 providers
Takoma Park 99.5% 15 providers
Taneytown 78.2% 11 providers
Temple Hills 94.9% 13 providers
Thurmont 96.1% 12 providers
Towson 97.2% 22 providers
Union Bridge 71.0% 10 providers
Upper Marlboro 98.7% 16 providers
Waldorf 98.8% 17 providers
Walkersville 95.3% 12 providers
Westminster 97.1% 15 providers
White Hall 87.8% 12 providers
White Plains 98.3% 13 providers
Williamsport 96.4% 13 providers
Windsor Mill 98.2% 16 providers
Woodbine 96.3% 14 providers
Woodstock 99.8% 18 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.