Internet Providers in Baltimore, MD

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Residential Internet Statistics for Baltimore, MD
Internet Providers: 9
Internet Plans: 15
Fastest Speed Available: 1,200 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $54.65

Internet Access in Baltimore, Maryland

There are 9 ISPs in Baltimore offering residential service. Including business ISPs, that's 33 companies overall, such as Verizon Business. (Some might be "double entries" as many companies sell home and smb services separately.)

The information on this page is primarily sourced via provider coverage reports. Coverage data is confirmed with private data sources to output more useful listings than is available from government websites. Speed and pricing data is sourced by manually collecting thousands of plans every year.

Taking a look at network technology offered Baltimore, we see that the most common physical wire broadband Internet connection varieties are Cable (97.79 percent coverage) and DSL (95.21 percent coverage). Regular cable TV companies are the main source for cable Internet and Wifi service, thanks to the fact that they can use existing coaxial TV cables — which have already been built out to homes in the area — to connect customers to Internet service. Baltimore customers of cable providers like XFINITY from Comcast overwhelmingly pick it thanks to the reasonably low prices for workable speeds. (Compared to the alternatives, anyway.) DSL service is delivered over twisted copper telephone wires by companies such as Verizon High Speed Internet that build or own copper phone lines. Compared to other copper cables, the twisted copper makeup seen in phone lines has slightly less bandwidth compared to newer wire types such as cable and significantly less than fiber.

Viasat Internet is the most likely provider in Baltimore. They are accessible for near one hundred percent of Baltimore. HughesNet is also a common choice, providing practically one hundred percent of Baltimore with predominantly Satellite broadband service. The fastest package listed by HughesNet in Baltimore is 25 Mbps.

To summarize, the average Baltimore resident has 2 choices for Internet. This is around average for Maryland. Baltimore is the 34th most connected city out of 392 Maryland communities in terms of the amount of broadband availability at local addresses.

Internet Statistics 2021

19,000 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 Baltimore, Maryland

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB Availability
XFINITY from Comcast 1,200 Mbps Cable 6s 97.8%
Port Networks 200 Mbps Fiber 40s 0.2%
Viasat Internet 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s 100.0%
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s 100.0%
Quantum Internet & Telephone 40 Mbps DSL 3m 24s 10.6%

Internet Provider Competition Map For Baltimore

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Baltimore is the 34th most connected city in Maryland ahead of Towson, Parkville, Brooklyn, and Gwynn Oak, but behind Rosedale.

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

Approximately 6,000 people in Baltimore City 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: 10% of people living in Baltimore 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 97% of Baltimore 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, 21217 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Baltimore.

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

In Baltimore City County, approximately 15,000 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.

ISP Availability surrounding Johns Hopkins University and University Of Maryland-Baltimore County

In the two-mile area around Johns Hopkins University, a normal home has 2-3 different choices for an internet connection. The selection of internet service options around University Of Maryland-Baltimore County is essentially the exact same. Both universities currently have internet speeds that are appropriate for student use cases like downloading online video, downloading big items, and video gaming. Speed data records collected in the same zip where Johns Hopkins University is based show an average speed of 237.76 Mbps download, as opposed with 75.05 Mbps in the University Of Maryland-Baltimore County area. Plans in this range aren't guaranteed to be obtainable in every street surrounding campus, and may be unaccessible in apartment complexes. Keep in mind these averages are based on download speed analysis', and performance will likely be closer to the providers advertised speeds provided here.

Internet access in Baltimore neighborhoods

Coverage information for Baltimore is available in the following communities: Mount Washington, Franklin, Arlington, Highlandtown, Roland Park.

Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Baltimore

Good customer service

I went to the Xfinity site at the Rotunda in Baltimore, MD. I had an excellent experience. I want to thank the rep for his help, he answered all my questions, set up my phone, made sure all my information downloaded. He was pleasant and the customer service was awesome.

Exactly as Described

I've been using their 10/5 service for almost four years and it has been exactly what I expected. They provide a reliable 10/5 connection for the price we agreed too. I've used a speed test many times and it is almost always is as advertised. Their support has been top-notch. They are a little expensive, but it's understandable given the technology employed. Overall - very satisfied.

It works, mostly

Most of the time it works well. I haven't really tested the download speed, so I'm not sure if we're getting what they promise. We have occasional times where the video streaming gets hung up. They did just raise the rates on us, I'm not sure what their excuse for that was.

Frequently Asked Questions About Internet in Baltimore, Maryland

  • What is the cheapest Internet service in Baltimore, MD?

    XFINITY from Comcast offers the cheapest internet plans in Baltimore, starting at $20.00 per month.

  • What is the fastest Internet in Baltimore, MD?

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

  • How much is Internet in Baltimore, MD?

    Internet service costs $20.00/month for internet-only. Bundle plans with TV cost $54.99/month in Baltimore.

  • What type of internet connections are available in Baltimore, MD?

    Customers in Baltimore can find fiber, cable, DSL, satellite, and fixed wireless internet providers. Cable and DSL offer the most availability, covering up to 97 percent of households in the city.

  • Do I have to provide or rent a modem when purchasing internet service in Baltimore, MD?

    Depending on your service type, provider, and plan, you may be required to rent a modem or router. Check with your ISP to see what modems and routers are compatible with their service. The average equipment rental cost in Baltimore is around $14-$15 per month.