Internet Providers in Richmond, VA

Residential Internet Statistics for Richmond, VA
Internet Service Providers: 3
Plans Start From: $39.99
Top Download Speed: 6 Gbps
Fastest Connection Type: Fiber

Top Internet Providers in Richmond, Virginia:

Showing 1 to 5 Providers

  • 1. Xfinity
    97.4% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *6 Gbps
    • Fiber
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Fiber
    97.4% Available
  • 2. Verizon
    81.7% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *940 Mbps
    • Fiber
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Fiber
    81.7% Available
  • 3. Viasat
    100% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *100 Mbps
    • Satellite
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Satellite
    100% Available
  • 4. HughesNet
    100% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *25 Mbps
    • Satellite
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Satellite
    100% Available
  • 5. 5. T-Mobile 5G Home Internet
    27.6% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *182 Mbps
    • 5G Internet
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • 5G Internet
    27.6% Available
3 Business internet providers are hidden due to low coverage in Richmond. See All

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Looking for internet plans in your area?

While there’s a limited number of internet providers in Richmond, you have a good selection to choose from. The best internet providers in Richmond are Xfinity and Verizon, with T-Mobile Home Internet as a good alternative. Xfinity offers the most coverage and is available to 97 percent of the city. Verizon is a bit behind, offering coverage to nearly 82 percent of households.

Fastest Internet Providers in Richmond

Verizon overall has the fastest internet in Richmond, thanks to their fiber internet service, Verizon Fios. In fact, Verizon offers multiple forms of internet, with the two most prominent being fiber internet, branded as Verizon Fios, and DSL internet, branded as Verizon High Speed Internet. Their DSL name belies the fact that you can only get download speeds up to 15 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1 Mbps. Verizon Fios, on the other hand, can get download speeds up to 940 Mbps and upload speeds up to 880 Mbps.

Xfinity will be your fastest option where Verizon Fios isn’t available. Xfinity offers the fastest download speeds in the city (up to 1,200 Mbps), but upload speeds are limited to 35 Mbps with their cable internet. Xfinity also offers fiber internet with up to 2,000 Mbps in download and upload speeds, but you won’t have access to it unless you live east of the Oakwood Cemetery.

T-Mobile recently deployed it’s 5G and LTE-powered internet service, T-Mobile Home Internet. Currently, most customers get speeds around 100 Mbps and higher. We expect speed to increase as T-Mobile continues to expand its 5G network.

Cheapest Internet in Richmond

Truth be told, Xfinity has the lowest-priced plan in Richmond, offering up to 50 Mbps for $19.99 a month. However, if you’re looking for the best deals, Verizon Fios is your best choice. Verizon Fios pricing starts at $39.99 a month for download and upload speeds up to 200 Mbps. Xfinity charges $34.99 a month for half the speed (up to 100 Mbps). Expect to pay around $80 a month if you want a gigabit plan. Verizon Fios offers up to 940 Mbps for $79.99 a month, while Xfinity charges $74.99 per month for up to 800 Mbps and $84.99 a month for up to 1,200 Mbps.

Comparing Xfinity and Verizon

If you have access to Verizon Fios, don’t waste time comparing it to Xfinity. Verizon Fios is the better option whether you want an internet-only plan or to bundle services. Verizon Fios offers more TV channels and faster internet speeds than Xfinity. What puts Xfinity over the edge for some users are their promotions and perks like access to Xfinity’s nationwide Wi-Fi hotspots. Click on “View Plans & Pricing” next to each provider to see which promotions are currently available.

Digital Equity Programs in Richmond

Richmond residents can access free Wi-Fi hotspots at several public libraries, elementary, and middle schools. These hotspots are accessible whether you’re inside or outside the buildings. Be sure to visit the interactive map of publicly available hotspots created by the Commonwealth Connect Team and Virginia Tech. Affordable home internet is available through programs such as LifeLine and the Emergency Broadband Benefit. Be sure to contact Verizon or Xfinity to see if you qualify for their discounted rates.

Internet Provider Store Locations in Richmond

13,000 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.

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This data is calculated from FCC datasets which providers are legally required to supply twice a year. We further validate this data for accuracy.

Richmond is the 81st most connected city in Virginia ahead of Midlothian, Henrico, University Of Richmond, and Mechanicsville, but behind Glen Allen.

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

Approximately 3,000 people in Richmond City County don't have access to any wired internet.

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This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.

Fiber Availability: 82% of people living in Richmond have residential fiber service available to them.

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Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.

Approximately 96% of Richmond residents are serviced by multiple wired providers.

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This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.

In Richmond City County, approximately 7,000 people do not have access to 25 Mbps wired broadband.

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25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.

Map of ISPs in Richmond

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Frequently Asked Questions About Internet in Richmond, Virginia

  • What is the cheapest Internet service in Richmond?

    The cheapest internet service in Richmond starts from $39.99, through Xfinity.

  • What is the fastest Internet in Richmond?

    Xfinity has the fastest speeds in Richmond, with speeds up to 6000 Mbps.

  • How much is Internet in Richmond?

    Internet plans in Richmond range from $39.99/month for internet-only to $54.99/month for a double play bundle.

  • Can I get T-Mobile 5G Home Internet in Richmond?

    Yes. T-Mobile 5G Home Internet is available to some neighborhoods in Richmond.

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