Internet Providers in Silver Spring, Maryland

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Residential Internet Statistics for Silver Spring, MD
Wired Internet Providers: 4
Average Speed Test Result: 132.11 Mbps
Top Advertised Speed: 1,000 Mbps
No Broadband Access: 0.81%

Internet Access in Silver Spring, Maryland

3-4 Internet providers are available for the average Silver Spring resident. This is actually a good amount of choice in comparison to similar-sized cities. Robust competition is correlated with lower pricing.

XFINITY from Comcast is an alternative, serving Silver Spring with a maximum speed of 987 Mbps. There are also 14 companies within Silver Spring selling enterprise and business products and services such as T1. BroadbandNow includes every local provider with business plans online, although some providers offer both residential and business Internet.

Taking a look now at network technology available across the city, we see that the most frequently available wired broadband technology infrastructures are Fiber (88.58 percent coverage) and Cable (99.00 percent coverage). Cable connections are marketed by former cable television operators, using already-built coaxial cable networks. Cable can often make sense for Silver Spring residents due to the strong speeds in an attainable price range. Fiber uses newer, more modern Fiber-optical transmission lines composed of thousands of glass strands that deliver Internet data as light. Not all "Fiber" connections reach the subscriber address, however. Some switch to copper in the "last mile." Copper technology can downgrade performance, but are still better than cable or DSL.

Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) offers the widest availability for Silver Spring residents. practically one hundred percent of Silver Spring census blocks can get Internet service from them. HughesNet is the most likely second option, serving virtually one hundred percent of the area with predominantly Satellite service. HughesNet's fastest plan for Silver Spring is 25 megabits per second.

Internet availability statistics here and elsewhere on BroadbandNow are based on public government data and privatized data collected directly from ISPs. Average statistics about speed data comes via M-Labs. The BroadbandNow market researchers have manually sourced pricing and plan details on 493 broadband deals in the Silver Spring market to date.

Internet Statistics 2021

7,000 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 Silver Spring, Maryland

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
RCN 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
XFINITY from Comcast 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Silver Spring, Maryland

  • Xfinity - 99.0% Availability in Silver Spring - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • RCN - 27.1% Availability in Silver Spring - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Silver Spring - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Silver Spring - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Silver Spring

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Silver Spring is the 29th most connected city in Maryland ahead of Chevy Chase, College Park, and Kensington, but behind Takoma Park and Beltsville.

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

Approximately 7,000 people in Montgomery 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: 89% of people living in Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring 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, 20906 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Silver Spring.

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

In Montgomery County, approximately 11,000 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.

Internet Service for Educational Purposes in Silver Spring

Economic development reports regularly highlight a large correlation between internet availability and improved schooling. At the college level, personal Internet access is practically a necessity as colleges like Yeshiva College Of The Nations Capital move digital systems to share out-of-class work. Conveniently for people residing close to campus, fiber has high availability with a 94.85 percent footprint in the zip around Yeshiva College Of The Nations Capital. Fiber has strong availability with a 94.85 percent footprint in the area. Looking at 41,336 speed tests recorded in the past annum at areas within 2 miles of Yeshiva College Of The Nations Capital campus, performance averages are close to 105.78 Mbps — considerably above the lowest speeds needed for streaming video and interfacing with hosted or communication platforms.

Data Caps and Video Streaming Around Silver Spring

Data from our research team shows that common providers in the area use data caps on home broadband packages. Data caps are disliked since customers see caps as a tactic for limiting video streaming, while providers insist they are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage network traffic. In either case, the issue is the same: streaming video, which easily consumes anywhere from one to seven Gigabytes/hr.

Internet access in Silver Spring neighborhoods

To date, we've aggregated data about Broadband access for these neighborhoods within Silver Spring: Colesville, Aspen Hill, and Wheaton.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Silver Spring

Provider Type Coverage Speed
XFINITY from Comcast Cable 99.0%+ 1,000 Mbps
RCN Cable 27.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Comcast Business Cable 100% 987 Mbps
Vector Data Systems Fixed Wireless 65.2%+ 1,000 Mbps
Crown Castle Fiber Fiber 20.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
Believe Wireless Broadband Fixed Wireless 13.6%+ 10 Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 10.5%+ 750 Mbps
GTT Communications DSL 9.3%+ 8 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Fiber 3.8%+ 1,000 Mbps
Windstream Fiber 3.3%+ 100 Mbps
RCN Business Copper 2.5%+ 1,000 Mbps
Fusion Copper 1.7%+ 50 Mbps
Allied Telecom Group Fiber 1.6%+ 500 Mbps
Zayo Fiber 1.0%+ 1,000 Mbps
Atlantech Online Fiber 0.9%+ 1,000 Mbps
FiberLight Fiber 0.3%+ -- Mbps

Compare Silver Spring to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Silver Spring 132.1 Mbps 7 $0.31 ( + $0.00 )
New York 349.1 Mbps ( +217 Mbps ) 15 ( +8 ) $0.46 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 107.1 Mbps ( -25 Mbps ) 18 ( +11 ) $0.23 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 99.7 Mbps ( -32.4 Mbps ) 15 ( +8 ) $0.30 ( $0.00 )
Houston 111.7 Mbps ( -20.4 Mbps ) 21 ( +14 ) $0.24 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 115.3 Mbps ( -16.8 Mbps ) 9 ( +2 ) $0.34 ( + $0.00 )

Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Silver Spring

Great Service

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Frequently Asked Questions About Internet in Silver Spring, Maryland

  • What is the cheapest Internet service in Silver Spring?

    The cheapest internet service in Silver Spring starts from $22.00, through RCN.

  • What is the fastest Internet in Silver Spring?

    XFINITY from Comcast has the fastest speeds in Silver Spring, with speeds up to 1200 Mbps.

  • How much is Internet in Silver Spring?

    Internet service costs $22.00/month for internet-only. Bundle plans with TV cost $34.26/month in Silver Spring.