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%|
Most Popular Residential Internet Providers in Silver Spring, Maryland
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.
- There are 24 internet providers in Silver Spring with 6 of those offering residential service
- Silver Spring is the 29th most connected city in Maryland ahead of Chevy Chase, College Park, and Kensington, but behind Takoma Park and Beltsville.
- Explore internet access for communities within Silver Spring: Colesville, Aspen Hill, and Wheaton
- The fastest zip code in Silver Spring for February 2021 is 20906. (see all below).
Internet Statistics 2021
2.7% of consumers in Silver Spring7,000 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|
|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 Providers in Nearby Cities
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.
Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.
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.
Summary Of Internet Providers In Silver Spring
|XFINITY from Comcast||Cable||99.0%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Viasat Internet (formerly Exede)||Satellite||100%||100 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|
|RCN Business||Copper||2.5%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Allied Telecom Group||Fiber||1.6%+||500 Mbps|
|Atlantech Online||Fiber||0.9%+||1,000 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
Awesome service from the tech who tirelessly worked to install service after an 18-year absence from the location. Tech was patient, polite, considerate, dedicated to solving the challenges presented. He worked in the heat for hours until the problems were solved. Thank you!