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Internet Providers in Ellicott City, Maryland
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Internet Access in Ellicott City, Maryland
Currently, there are 7 ISPs in Ellicott City offering home connections. Including business ISPs, that's 20 Internet providers available locally, like XFINITY from Comcast.
Considering network technology installed in the Ellicott City area, we see that the most common physical wire broadband Internet connection infrastructures are Cable and Fiber, with 96.68% and 96.68% respectively. Cable connections are sold by cable TV operators, who use existing coaxial cable networks. Cable can often make sense for local residents because of the strong mix of speed and value. Fiber uses future-proofed fiber-optic lines composed of thousands of glass strands that transmit digital data as light. Largely thanks to fiber, Internet download speeds within Ellicott City rank 3.17 percent above the state average in Maryland. Fiber outputs stronger downloads and reliability, but in some cases may switch to slower copper cables in the "last mile" near subscribers. As a result, some fiber connections might not offer true "gigabit" speeds.
Viasat Internet is the most likely provider in Ellicott City. They are available to virtually one hundred percent of Ellicott City. HughesNet is also a common option, serving virtually one hundred percent of Ellicott City with Satellite service. HughesNet's strongest package in Ellicott City is 25 Mbps.
The average Ellicott City building will have 3 companies serving a given location. Still, 3.37 percent of Ellicott City residents are stuck with one option for residential Internet service.
The Internet coverage stats on the page below are based on a mix of government data from the FCC and privatized data we source from providers. Statistics about speed averages is sourced from M-Labs. The BroadbandNow market researchers have hand-validated pricing and plan details for 452 broadband plans and bundles for the Ellicott City market to date.
Internet Statistics 2021
3.4% of consumers in Ellicott City2,000 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 Ellicott City, Maryland
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s||96.7%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
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Internet Provider Competition Map For Ellicott City
The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.
This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.
Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.
This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.
25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.
Data Caps in Ellicott City
Data from our research team suggests that many of the common ISPs currently use data caps for their home Internet packages. Data caps are disliked since subscribers see caps as a strategy for limiting "cord cutting". Providers maintain that they are a necessary tool as they struggle to manage heavy network congestion. In either case, the issue is streaming video, which easily eats up 1–7GB/hr.
Compare Ellicott City to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Ellicott City||232.7 Mbps||7||$0.27 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||545.6 Mbps ( +312.9 Mbps )||19 ( +12 )||$0.26 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||161.3 Mbps ( -71.4 Mbps )||17 ( +10 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||180.9 Mbps ( -51.8 Mbps )||17 ( +10 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||186.6 Mbps ( -46.1 Mbps )||24 ( +17 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||179.1 Mbps ( -53.6 Mbps )||9 ( +2 )||$0.30 ( + $0.00 )|