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.

Downgrading services or cutting extras, such as Wi-Fi extenders or premium tech support, can lower your monthly internet bill. You can also try to negotiate with your internet provider for a lower rate. Switching internet providers and bundling internet with other services is another common way to lower internet costs.

According to the FCC, 93% of households have access to three or more providers. In many areas, a cable, DSL, satellite and possibly fiber-optic provider may be available. You are unlikely, however, to find multiple providers of the same internet type, such as two cable providers, in the same location because operating expenses in an area already served by another provider can be too high to be profitable.

There are many factors that can influence internet speed. In many cases, restarting your router will resolve speed and connectivity issues. Other factors, such as peak usage times and speed throttling can also cause temporary speed issues.