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Best Internet Providers in Washington, DC

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Internet Providers Overview for Washington, DC
Total Internet Providers 13
Download Speeds Up To 2 Gbps
Cheapest Monthly Plan $20.00
Fiber Coverage 86%
Fastest Provider Xfinity

Top 11 Internet Service Providers in Washington, DC

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1. Xfinity

99.1% Available
Download speeds up to:
2 Gbps Cable
Prices Starting At 30.00/mo
99.1% Available
Click here to see Xfinity's coverage map for Washington, DC

Xfinity Internet Availability By Type

Cable Download speeds up to 2000 Mbps
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served

Xfinity Deals for May 2024

Deal Includes Download speeds up to Monthly Price
NOW Internet Internet 100 Mbps $30.00
Connect More Internet 300 Mbps $35.00
Connect More + Choice TV Internet 300 Mbps $45.00
Fast Internet 500 Mbps $55.00
Fast + Choice TV Internet 500 Mbps $65.00
Connect More + Choice TV + Xfinity Voice Premier Internet 300 Mbps $65.00
Superfast Internet 800 Mbps $70.00
Gigabit Internet 1000 Mbps $70.00
Superfast + Choice TV Internet 800 Mbps $80.00
Gigabit + Choice TV Internet 1000 Mbps $80.00
Gigabit Extra Internet 1200 Mbps $85.00
Fast + Choice TV + Xfinity Voice Premier Internet 500 Mbps $85.00
Gigabit Extra + Choice TV Internet 1200 Mbps $95.00
Superfast + Choice TV + Xfinity Voice Premier Internet 800 Mbps $100.00
Gigabit + Choice TV + Xfinity Voice Premier Internet 1000 Mbps $100.00
Gigabit Extra + Choice TV + Xfinity Voice Premier Internet 1200 Mbps $115.00
Call To Order Xfinity Service 844-982-3173

2. EarthLink

60% Available
Download speeds up to:
1 Gbps Fiber
Prices Starting At 54.95/mo
60% Available

EarthLink Internet Availability By Type

Fiber Download speeds up to 5000 Mbps
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served

EarthLink Deals for May 2024

Deal Includes Download speeds up to Monthly Price
N/A $54.95
Call To Order EarthLink Service 866-671-3918

3. Verizon

62.3% Available
Download speeds up to:
940 Mbps DSL, Fiber, 5G Internet
Prices Starting At 40.00/mo
62.3% Available

Verizon Internet Availability By Type

Fiber Download speeds up to 2000 Mbps
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served

Verizon Deals for May 2024

Deal Includes Download speeds up to Monthly Price
High Speed Internet Internet 15 Mbps $40.00
Fios 300 Mbps Internet 300 Mbps $49.99
5G Home Internet 300 Mbps $60.00
Fios 500 Mbps Internet 500 Mbps $69.99
High Speed Internet Enhanced + Freedom Essentials Internet 15 Mbps $74.99
5G Home Plus Internet 1000 Mbps $80.00
Fios 1 Gig Internet 940 Mbps $89.99
Fios 2 Gig Internet 2000 Mbps $109.99
Fios Gigabit Connection + Fios TV Test Drive Internet 940 Mbps $174.99
Call To Order Verizon Service 855-959-3078

4. Viasat

100% Available
Download speeds up to:
150 Mbps Satellite
Prices Starting At 99.99/mo
100% Available

Viasat Internet Availability By Type

Satellite Download speeds up to 150 Mbps
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served

Viasat Deals for May 2024

Deal Includes Download speeds up to Monthly Price
Viasat Unleashed Internet 150 Mbps $99.99
Viasat Unleashed Internet 150 Mbps $119.99
Viasat Unleashed Internet 150 Mbps $149.99
Viasat Unleashed Internet 150 Mbps $199.99
Call To Order Viasat Service 844-983-3105

5. HughesNet

100% Available
Download speeds up to:
100 Mbps Satellite
Prices Starting At 49.99/mo
100% Available

HughesNet Internet Availability By Type

Satellite Download speeds up to 100 Mbps
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served

HughesNet Deals for May 2024

Deal Includes Download speeds up to Monthly Price
Select Internet 50 Mbps $49.99
Elite Internet 100 Mbps $64.99
Fusion Internet 100 Mbps $94.99
Call To Order HughesNet Service 855-958-4319

6. Always ON

63.5% Available
Download speeds from:
25 - 150 Mbps Fixed Wireless
63.5% Available

Always ON Internet Availability By Type

Fixed Wireless
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served

7. RCN

70.5% Available
Download speeds up to:
1.2 Gbps Cable, Fiber
Prices Starting At 20.00/mo *
*Includes autopay/e-bill discount. | RCN prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
70.5% Available
Click here to see RCN's coverage map for Washington, DC

RCN Internet Availability By Type

Cable Download speeds up to 1500 Mbps
Fiber Download speeds up to 5000 Mbps
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served

RCN Deals for May 2024

Deal Includes Download speeds up to Monthly Price
300 Mbps Internet Internet 300 Mbps $20.00 *
*Includes autopay/e-bill discount. | RCN prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
600 Mbps Internet Internet 600 Mbps $35.00 *
*Includes autopay/e-bill discount. | RCN prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
1000 Mbps Internet Internet 1000 Mbps $45.00 *
*Includes autopay/e-bill discount. | RCN prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
300 Mbps Internet + Basic TV Internet, TV (40++ channels) 300 Mbps $49.69 *
*Includes autopay/e-bill discount. | RCN prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
300 Mbps Internet + Basic TV + Nationwide Home Phone Internet, TV (40++ channels) 300 Mbps $50.69 *
*Includes autopay/e-bill discount. | RCN prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
1500 Mbps Internet Internet 1500 Mbps $55.00 *
*Includes autopay/e-bill discount. | RCN prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
600 Mbps Internet + Basic TV Internet, TV (40++ channels) 600 Mbps $64.69 *
*Includes autopay/e-bill discount. | RCN prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
600 Mbps Internet + Basic TV + Nationwide Home Phone Internet, TV (40++ channels) 600 Mbps $65.69 *
*Includes autopay/e-bill discount. | RCN prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
1000 Mbps Internet + Basic TV Internet, TV (40++ channels) 1000 Mbps $74.69 *
*Includes autopay/e-bill discount. | RCN prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
1000 Mbps Internet + Basic TV + Nationwide Home Phone Internet, TV (40++ channels) 1000 Mbps $75.69 *
*Includes autopay/e-bill discount. | RCN prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
1500 Mbps Internet + Basic TV Internet, TV (40++ channels) 1500 Mbps $84.69 *
*Includes autopay/e-bill discount. | RCN prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
1500 Mbps Internet + Basic TV + Nationwide Home Phone Internet, TV (40++ channels) 1500 Mbps $85.69 *
*Includes autopay/e-bill discount. | RCN prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
300 Mbps Internet + Basic + Preferred TV Bundle 300 Mbps $126.60 *
*Includes autopay/e-bill discount. | RCN prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
300 Mbps Internet + Basic + Preferred TV + Nationwide Home Phone Bundle 300 Mbps $127.60 *
*Includes autopay/e-bill discount. | RCN prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
300 Mbps Internet Internet 300 Mbps $144.99 *
*A Network Access and Maintenance Fee of $12.97/month applies.
1 GIG Internet Internet 1000 Mbps $163.99 *
*A Network Access and Maintenance Fee of $12.97/month applies.
1.5 GIG Internet Internet 1500 Mbps $179.99 *
*A Network Access and Maintenance Fee of $12.97/month applies.
2 GIG Internet Internet 2000 Mbps $196.99 *
*A Network Access and Maintenance Fee of $12.97/month applies.
5 GIG Internet Internet 5000 Mbps $350.00 *
*A Network Access and Maintenance Fee of $12.97/month applies.
Call To Order RCN Service 844-950-3109

8. Believe Wireless

18.9% Available
Download speeds up to:
1 Gbps Fixed Wireless
18.9% Available
Click here to see Believe Wireless's coverage map for Washington, DC

Believe Wireless Internet Availability By Type

Fixed Wireless
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served
Call To Order Believe Wireless Service 410-902-0070

9. DC Access

13% Available
Download speeds up to:
75 Mbps Fixed Wireless
Prices Starting At 49.99/mo
13% Available
Click here to see DC Access's coverage map for Washington, DC

DC Access Internet Availability By Type

Fixed Wireless Download speeds up to 100 Mbps
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served

DC Access Deals for May 2024

Deal Includes Download speeds up to Monthly Price
DCA-25 Internet 25 Mbps $49.99
DCA-50 Internet 50 Mbps $69.99
DCA-100 Internet 100 Mbps $89.99
Call To Order DC Access Service 202-546-5898

10. Starlink

100% Available
Download speeds from:
50 - 220 Mbps Satellite
Prices Starting At 120.00/mo
100% Available
Click here to see Starlink's coverage map for Washington, DC

Starlink Internet Availability By Type

Satellite Download speeds up to 220 Mbps
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served

Starlink Deals for May 2024

Deal Includes Download speeds up to Monthly Price
STANDARD Internet 150 Mbps $120.00
MOBILE - REGIONAL Internet 50 Mbps $150.00 *
*Unlimited Mobile Data Inland | Best for RVs, nomads, and campers.
MOBILE - GLOBAL Internet 50 Mbps $200.00 *
*Unlimited Mobile Data Inland | Best for RVs, nomads, and campers
MOBILE PRIORITY - 50GB Internet 220 Mbps $250.00 *
*Unlimited Mobile Global Data Inland | Best for maritime, emergency response, and mobile businesses
MOBILE PRIORITY - 5TB Internet 220 Mbps $5,000.00 *
*Unlimited Mobile Global Data Inland | Best for maritime, emergency response, and mobile businesses

11. T-Mobile Home Internet

63.5% Available
Download speeds from:
33 - 245 Mbps 5G Internet
Prices Starting At 60.00/mo *
*With AutoPay. Customers see typical download speeds between 72 – 245 Mbps and upload speeds between 15 – 31 Mbps.
63.5% Available
Click here to see T-Mobile Home Internet's coverage map for Washington, DC

T-Mobile Home Internet Availability By Type

5G Internet Download speeds up to 245 Mbps
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served

T-Mobile Home Internet Deals for May 2024

Deal Includes Download speeds up to Monthly Price
Home Internet w/ Autopay Internet 245 Mbps $60.00 *
*With AutoPay. Customers see typical download speeds between 72 – 245 Mbps and upload speeds between 15 – 31 Mbps.

Washington, D.C. Internet Resources for Low-Income Families

Computers and high-speed internet make it possible for students to conduct research, communicate with instructors and apply to extracurricular and college programs online. However, a growing number of impoverished families in Washington, D.C., are incapable of overcoming the financial barrier to accessing digital technology, an inequality known as the digital divide. The following lists aim to connect low-income D.C. families to the digital resources they need to stay on track for academic and professional success:

Discounted Distance Learning Devices in Washington, D.C.

  • The Wilderness Technology Alliance: The Wilderness Technology Alliance (WTA) aims to help low-income learners gain access to the technological skills and digital devices they need to become successful employees. To request a low-income device from the WTA, send an email to info@wildtech.org and type “Price List” in the subject line, and they will direct you to their inventory of low-cost refurbished computers
  • PCs for People: Financially qualifying low-income families in Washington, D.C., can purchase a professionally refurbished laptop starting at $100, a low-cost internet plan, or both from the PCs for People online store. You will have to submit a valid form of identification, as well as proof of your level of eligibility to receive this discount.

If you need a computer quickly or don’t qualify for a low-cost computer program, consider shopping at one of the following Washington, D.C., computer stores for a discounted refurbished laptop:

Remote Learning Programs and Virtual Child Care Centers in Washington, D.C.

  • District of Columbia Public Library: Library cardholding D.C. residents can access hundreds of digital books, movies, television shows, and more from the comfort of their homes. Young learners who want a more interactive experience can register for one of the many virtual events hosted by the library, all for free. 
  • Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Students with their heads in the clouds will feel right at home navigating through the National Air and Space Museum’s collection of free virtual programs and activities. The museum makes it possible for students of all ages to soar through storytime, STEM projects, and aerospace-inspired games online.
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Children can take a virtual tour through the Museum of Natural History’s fascinating exhibits, join a webinar investigating topics in science and history or complete an Earth science activity by choosing from the museum’s complimentary online offerings
  • National Gallery of Art: Aspiring artists are welcome to study art and improve their skills by watching videos about art movements and styles, using interactives to create their own artwork, and taking online art courses at this gallery. The National Gallery of Art offers all of these resources at no cost online
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture: Whether their interests include STEM, art, history, culture, music, or literature, students will find fascinating and interactive online materials, activities, and labs exploring those subjects through various African American perspectives. 

Free Wireless Internet Access in Washington, D.C.

The D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer DC-Net program makes free Wi-Fi available in indoor and outdoor government-owned spaces, including the following: 

Charitable organizations and businesses in Washington D.C. make free Wi-Fi widely available across the District. Look through our free Wi-Fi coverage map below to learn more about locations offering public Wi-Fi hotspots throughout D.C.:

Free Wireless Internet Access in Washington, DC

Hotspot
4400 Massachusetts Avenue Nw
Washington, DC 20016
Hotspot
4801 Massachusetts Avenue Nw
Washington, DC 20016
Hotspot
1800 Anacostia Drive Se
Washington, DC 20020
Hotspot
2412 Rand Place NE
Washington, DC 20002
Hotspot
100 Joliet Street Sw
Washington, DC 20032
Hotspot
2500 Georgia Avenue Nw
Washington, DC 20001
Hotspot
504 Kennedy Street Nw
Washington, DC 20011
Hotspot
5656 3rd Street NE
Washington, DC 20011
Hotspot
1230 Sumner Road Se
Washington, DC 20020
Hotspot
5100 Southern Avenue Se
Washington, DC 20019

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Internet Provider Store Locations in Washington

Fastest Washington Internet Providers

Connection Type

Internet Providers

Download Speeds Up To

Upload Speeds Up To

Availability

Fiber
(Covering 86% of Washington)

Verizon Fios

940 Mbps

880 Mbps

62.3%

Astound Broadband Powered by RCN

1.2 Gbps

1.2 Gbps

0.9%

Cable
(Covering 99.6% of Washington)

Xfinity

2 Gbps

200 Mbps

99.1%

Astound Broadband Powered by RCN

1.2 Gbps

20 Mbps

70.5%

DSL
(Covering 8.8% of Washington)

Verizon High Speed Internet

10 Mbps

1 Mbps

8.8%

Fixed Wireless
(Covering 77.3% of Washington)

Verizon 5G Home Internet

300 Mbps

10 Mbps

27%

WeLink Communications

2 Gbps

2 Gbps

0.8%

Satellite
(Covering 100% of Washington)

Viasat Internet

150 Mbps

3 Mbps

100%

Hughesnet

100 Mbps

3 Mbps

100%

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Average download speed in Washington:

169 Mbps

Based on 581,130 speed tests

Internet Values of Washington Providers

Providers Connection Type Plan Price Download Speeds Up To Internet Value Contact
Astound Broadband Powered by RCN Cable $55 per month 1.5 Gbps $0.04 per Mbps 844-950-3109
EarthLink Fiber Fiber $189.95 per month 5 Gbps $0.04 per Mbps 866-671-3918
Verizon Fios Fiber $109.99 per month 2 Gbps $0.05 per Mbps 855-959-3078
Xfinity Cable $70 per month 1 Gbps $0.07 per Mbps 844-982-3173
Verizon 5G Home Internet Fixed $80 per month 1 Gbps $0.08 per Mbps
Starry Internet Fixed $85 per month 1 Gbps $0.09 per Mbps 888-231-9403
Hughesnet Satellite $64.99 per month 100 Mbps $0.65 per Mbps 855-958-4319
Viasat Internet Satellite $99.99 per month 150 Mbps $0.67 per Mbps 844-983-3105
Verizon High Speed Internet DSL $40 per month 15 Mbps $2.67 per Mbps

Best Internet Provider in Washington

  1. Xfinity - Fast download speeds in Washington, most internet coverage and most Cable availability
  2. EarthLink - Most Fiber availability
  3. Verizon - Fiber up to 940 Mbps
  4. Viasat - Widely available
  5. HughesNet - Another great satellite internet alternative for those who can't get Cable, Fiber, or DSL
  6. Always ON - Fixed wireless up to 150 Mbps
  7. RCN - Cable or Fiber up to 1200 Mbps
  8. Believe Wireless - Fixed wireless up to 1000 Mbps
  9. DC Access - Fixed wireless up to 75 Mbps
  10. Starlink - Coverage
  11. T-Mobile Home Internet - 5g internet up to 245 Mbps

Fastest Internet Providers in Washington

Internet Fees in Washington

Common Providers in Washington Early Termination Fees Setup and Installation Fees Late Payment Fees Equipment Replacement Fees
EarthLink Fiber N/A $79.95 14 Days Then Deactivation $6.95 per month
Verizon Fios N/A $99 $9 $15 per month
Xfinity N/A $89.99 Up to $10 $14 per month

Washington's Internet Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods in Washington, DC

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No

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How Much Speed Do I Need?

25+ Mbps

  • Web Surfing & Email
  • HD Streaming
  • Supports 1-2 Devices
  • Ideal for 1-2 people

100+ Mbps

  • Ultra HD (4K) Streaming
  • Low Lag Online Gaming
  • Supports 3-5 Devices
  • Ideal for 2-6 people

1 Gig

  • Multi 4K HD Streaming
  • No Lag Online Gaming
  • Supports more than 5 Devices
  • Ideal for 6+ people

An Overview of Internet Providers in Washington By Connection

Provider Connection Download speeds up to Availability
Believe Wireless Fixed Wireless 1 Gbps 19%
Xfinity Cable 2 Gbps 99%
DC Access Fixed Wireless 100 Mbps 13%
RCN Cable 1.5 Gbps 71%
Verizon DSL 15 Mbps 9%
Verizon Fiber 2 Gbps 62%
HughesNet Satellite 100 Mbps 100%
Viasat Satellite 150 Mbps 100%
EarthLink Fiber 5 Gbps 60%
Starry Internet Fixed Wireless 1 Gbps 3%
Starlink Satellite 220 Mbps 100%
T-Mobile Home Internet 5G Internet 245 Mbps 64%
Verizon 5G Internet 1 Gbps 27%
Always ON Fixed Wireless 25 Mbps 64%
Provider Connection Download speeds up to Availability
HughesNet Satellite 100 Mbps 100%
Viasat Satellite 150 Mbps 100%
Xfinity Cable 2 Gbps 99%
Verizon Fiber 940 Mbps 62%
RCN Cable 1.2 Gbps 71%
T-Mobile Home Internet 5G Internet 100 Mbps 64%
Believe Wireless Fixed Wireless 1 Gbps 19%
DC Access Fixed Wireless 75 Mbps 13%
Verizon DSL 10 Mbps 9%
Verizon 5G Internet 300 Mbps 27%
RCN Fiber 1.2 Gbps 1%
WeLink Communications Fixed Wireless 2 Gbps 1%

Internet Availability by Connection Type in Washington

Internet service providers in Washington use different methods for connecting their customers to the web. Connection types matter, so choose wisely. Fiber is generally the fastest and most reliable option, followed by cable, DSL and 5G home internet.

Fiber - 100%
Cable - 9%
DSL - 9%

What is Mbps?

Mbps is the abbreviation for megabits per second, and it also appears written as Mbits/sec. Internet providers use megabits per second to measure speeds. Broadband speeds are 25 Mbps or faster. Learn more about Mbps.

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