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Internet providers in Columbia, MD

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Columbia, MD internet providers

Provider
Verizon $49.99 300 - 940 MbpsFiber-optic95%
Verizon $49.99 300 - 940 MbpsDSL79%
Xfinity $29.99 50 - 3,000 MbpsCable97%
HughesNet $64.99 25 - 25 MbpsSatellite100%
Viasat $69.99 12 - 150 MbpsSatellite100%
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Columbia internet service at a glance

At 98%, broadband coverage in Columbia 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 Columbia area will have access to fiber-optic, which covers 93% of Columbia residents. Cable internet is also an option for many, offering service to 92% of the area. DSL is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 74% of those living in Columbia.

There are five internet providers serving the Columbia area, and 95.49% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Columbia's five internet providers, prices start at $29.99 and available download speeds reach up to 3,000 Mbps.

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Average internet speeds in Columbia

ProviderDownload speedUpload speedInternet type
Verizon 184 Mbps 96 Mbps Fiber-optic
Xfinity 169 Mbps 15 Mbps Cable

Top high-speed internet providers in Columbia

The largest internet providers in Columbia are Verizon and Xfinity bringing fiber-optic, DSL, and cable options to Columbia.

Fiber-optic internet from Verizon is available to nearly all Columbia residents, covering 95% of households. Many will also have the option of DSL from Verizon, which covers 79% of the area. Columbia’s third most-available internet provider, Xfinity, offers cable to around 97% of Columbia residents.

Verizon fiber-optic internet

Provider
Verizon
Starting price*
$49.99/mo.
Max download speed

940 Mbps

Max upload speed

880 Mbps

Average availability

95%

Fiber-optic from Verizon offers broadband to nearly all households in Columbia covering 95% of the area.

Fiber-optic service from Verizon is popular for its fast download and upload speeds, even during peak usage times, but may be less available throughout Columbia than other internet types.

Internet prices for Verizon start at $49.99/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Columbia, $53.74.

Verizon customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 300 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.17 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Columbia, $0.31.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Verizon offers download speeds up to 940 Mbps and upload speeds up to 880 Mbps in Columbia. These download speeds are available to 95% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Columbia's providers, 298 Mbps.

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Verizon DSL internet

Provider
Verizon
Starting price*
$49.99/mo.
Max download speed

940 Mbps

Max upload speed

1 Mbps

Average availability

79%

DSL from Verizon offers broadband to most households in Columbia covering 79% of the area.

DSL internet from Verizon uses telephone lines in Columbia 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 $49.99/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Columbia, $53.74.

Verizon customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 300 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.17 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Columbia, $0.31.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Verizon offers download speeds up to 940 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1 Mbps in Columbia. These download speeds are available to 79% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Columbia's providers, 298 Mbps.

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Xfinity cable internet

Provider
Xfinity
Starting price*
$29.99/mo.
Max download speed

3,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

10 Mbps

Average availability

97%

Cable from Xfinity offers broadband to nearly all households in Columbia covering 97% of the area.

Xfinity’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Columbia residents in densely populated areas may experience slowed speeds during peak usage times.

Internet prices for Xfinity start at $29.99/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in Columbia, $53.74.

Xfinity customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 50 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.60 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Columbia, $0.31.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Xfinity offers download speeds up to 3,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 10 Mbps in Columbia. These download speeds are available to 97% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Columbia's providers, 298 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

If you live in the heart of Columbia, you’ll likely have options from cable, fiber-optic, and DSL internet providers. For those in rural areas or just outside Columbia, however, satellite or fixed wireless internet may be the best internet option.

Satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat offers 100% availability in Columbia and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are significantly higher than average in Columbia at $64.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Viasat starting prices are significantly higher than average in Columbia at $69.99/mo. for speeds up to 150 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many Columbia residents, however, as service typically comes with high latency and low data allowances.

Internet provider frequently asked questions

Xfinity is the fastest internet provider in Columbia with download speeds up to 3,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 97% of households in Columbia. The next fastest internet provider in Columbia is Verizon, offering download speeds up to 940 Mbps to 95% of the area.

Xfinity offers the cheapest internet in Columbia with plans starting at $29.99/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Columbia, $53.74.

Verizon is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Columbia, covering 95% of the city.

The only broadband internet type that requires a phone line is DSL and dial-up, which use phone lines to deliver service. Other internet types, such as cable, fiber-optic and satellite, require no phone line for broadband service.

Take a speed test to see what download and upload speeds you are getting. For the best results, perform the test over a wired connection. View our speed test guide for a full breakdown of your results. If you want faster speeds, consider these tips for boosting internet speed, or shop for faster internet plans in your area.

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.