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Internet providers in California, MD

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California, MD internet providers

Provider
Verizon - -Fiber-optic2.001%
Verizon - -DSL99%
Xfinity $20.00 25 - 200 MbpsCable3.704%
MetroCast Communications - -Cable100%
HughesNet $49.99 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 $20 and available download speeds reach up to 200 Mbps.

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Average internet speeds in California

ProviderDownload speedUpload speedInternet type
Viasat 6 Mbps 2 Mbps Satellite
Xfinity 106 Mbps 9 Mbps Cable
Verizon 42 Mbps 12 Mbps Fiber-optic

Top high-speed internet providers in California

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

Satellite internet from HughesNet is available to nearly all California residents, covering 100% of households. Many will also have the option of satellite from Viasat, which covers 100% of the area.

HughesNet satellite internet

Provider
HughesNet
Starting price*
$49.99/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 $49.99/mo.*, which is higher than the average starting price for internet in California, $40.00.

HughesNet customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 25 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $2.00 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in California, $1.90.

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, $40.00.

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, $1.90.

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 $20/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in California, $40.00.

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

Speeds of 10 Mbps and higher are good for gaming, but what you really want to consider when choosing an internet service for gaming is latency, or ping. Latency is the measure of how long it takes for your device to communicate with the server and is the main contributor to lag. The higher the ping, the more likely you are to experience lagging. Shoot for an internet service with latency below 100 ms.

Using your own router is a good way to cut internet costs without having to downgrade your internet plan. You can also try negotiating for a lower price with your current provider, or switch to another internet provider to take advantage of introductory pricing and special promotions.

Wi-Fi extenders are handy when your router can’t project a strong signal to everywhere in your home that you need it. Your internet provider may offer Wi-Fi extenders for an added monthly cost, or you can purchase one online or from most electronics retailers.