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Internet providers in California, MD

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California, MD internet providers

Provider
Verizon $39.99 -Fiber-optic2.001%
Verizon $39.99 -DSL99%
Xfinity $29.99 25 - 200 MbpsCable3.704%
MetroCast Communications - -Cable100%
HughesNet $59.99 25 - 25 MbpsSatellite100%
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California internet service at a glance

At 100%, broadband coverage in California is comparable to the rest of Maryland - 97%, and comparable to broadband coverage across the U.S. - 95%.

The vast majority of those living in the California area will have access to cable, which covers 100% of California residents. DSL internet is also an option for many, offering service to 99% of the area. Fiber-optic is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 2.000% of those living in California.

There are five internet providers serving the California area, and 98.68% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among California's five internet providers, prices start at $29.99 and available download speeds reach up to 200 Mbps.

Top high-speed internet providers in California

The largest internet providers in California are Verizon, HughesNet, and Viasat bringing DSL and satellite options to California.

DSL internet from Verizon is available to nearly all California residents, covering 99% of households. Many will also have the option of satellite from HughesNet, which covers 100% of the area. California’s third most-available internet provider, Viasat, offers satellite to around 100% of California residents.

Verizon DSL internet

Provider
Verizon
Starting price*
$39.99/mo.
Max download speed

15 Mbps

Max upload speed

1 Mbps

Average availability

99%

DSL from Verizon offers broadband to all households in California covering 99% of the area.

DSL internet from Verizon uses telephone lines in California to deliver service, which often leads to lower prices and higher availability, though download speeds are likely to be slower than cable or fiber-optic internet.

Internet prices for Verizon start at $39.99/mo.*, which is lower than the average starting price for internet in California, $44.99.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Verizon offers download speeds up to 15 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1 Mbps in California. These download speeds are available to 99% of the area, and are slightly slower than the average max speeds from all California's providers, 79 Mbps.

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HughesNet satellite internet

Provider
HughesNet
Starting price*
$59.99/mo.
Max download speed

25 Mbps

Max upload speed

3 Mbps

Average availability

100%

Satellite from HughesNet offers broadband to all households in California covering 100% of the area.

HughesNet satellite internet offers reliable connection in areas of California where other internet types may not be available, but service is likely to come with low monthly data allowances and high latency, making streaming binges and real-time online gaming impractical.

Internet prices for HughesNet start at $59.99/mo.*, which is significantly higher than the average starting price for internet in California, $44.99.

HughesNet customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 25 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $2.40 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in California, $2.14.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, HughesNet offers download speeds up to 25 Mbps and upload speeds up to 3 Mbps in California. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are slightly slower than the average max speeds from all California's providers, 79 Mbps.

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Viasat satellite internet

Provider
Viasat
Starting price*
$50/mo.
Max download speed

12 Mbps

Max upload speed

3 Mbps

Average availability

100%

Satellite from Viasat offers broadband to all households in California covering 100% of the area.

Viasat satellite internet offers reliable connection in areas of California where other internet types may not be available, but service is likely to come with low monthly data allowances and high latency, making streaming binges and real-time online gaming impractical.

Internet prices for Viasat start at $50/mo.*, which is higher than the average starting price for internet in California, $44.99.

Viasat customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 12 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $4.17 per Mbps, higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in California, $2.14.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Viasat offers download speeds up to 12 Mbps and upload speeds up to 3 Mbps in California. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are slightly slower than the average max speeds from all California's providers, 79 Mbps.

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Internet provider frequently asked questions

Xfinity is the fastest internet provider in California with download speeds up to 200 Mbps. These speeds are available to 3.704% of households in California. The next fastest internet provider in California is Verizon, offering download speeds up to 150 Mbps to 2.001% of the area.

Xfinity offers the cheapest internet in California with plans starting at $29.99/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in California, $44.99.

Verizon is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in California, covering 2.001% of the city.

There are benefits to using your own router vs. buying or renting one from your internet provider, such as lower monthly costs and more product options. If you choose to use your own router, keep in mind that your internet provider’s tech support may not be able to fully assist you with your personal router. Select providers may not give you the option to use your own router.

Select internet providers including AT&T, Spectrum and Xfinity have thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots that customers can connect to at no extra cost. If your internet provider does not offer free Wi-Fi hotspots, you can find free public Wi-Fi at your local library or many restaurants and cafes. Consider these tips for using public Wi-Fi safely.

Resetting your router and optimizing your router settings can give you an instant speed boost. Consider Wi-Fi extenders if your signal is weaker in certain areas of your home. Also, be sure to check your Wi-Fi network to see if there are any unknown devices or users connected that could be slowing your network.