Internet providers in Washington, DC
Compare speed, pricing, availability and more to find the best internet providers in the nation’s capital.
Residential internet providers in Washington, DC, by availability
|Provider||Starting price*||Speed range||Internet type||Washington, DC average availability|
|Verizon DSL||$25/mo.||0.5 – 15 Mbps||DSL||96%|
|Xfinity||$29.99/mo.||15 – 2,000 Mbps||Cable||95%|
|Verizon Fiber||$39.99/mo.||200 – up to 940 Mbps||Fiber||73%|
|RCN||$29.99/mo.||50 – 1,000 Mbps||Cable & Fiber||66%|
|Starry Internet||$50.00/mo.||100 – 200 Mbps||Fixed wireless||55%|
*Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. As of 06/20/19.
The three largest internet providers in Washington, DC, are Verizon, Xfinity and RCN.
DSL and fiber-optic service with Verizon are available throughout most of the District of Columbia, as well as the surrounding Virginia and Maryland area. Verizon service can be found in parts of downtown Washington, DC, as well as Adams Morgan, Brightwood, Capitol Hill, Cleveland Park, Dupont Circle, Fort Totten, Georgetown, Glover Park, Trinidad, University Heights and Woodley Park.
Xfinity offers cable service throughout most of the District of Columbia. Neighborhoods where you’ll find Xfinity are similar, including Adams Morgan, Brightwood, Capitol Hill, Chinatown, parts of Chevy Chase, Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Lincoln Park, Logan Circle, parts of Rock Creek Park and Woodley Park.
Cable and fiber-optic internet service with RCN is less widely available throughout the District of Columbia. Areas where you’ll find RCN include parts of Adams Morgan, American University Park, Anacostia, Brookland, Cleveland Park, Lincoln Heights, Shepherd Park, Takoma, University Heights and Woodridge.
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Compare the largest internet providers in Washington, DC
When it comes to choosing the best internet provider in Washington, DC, for your home, there’s a lot of things to consider. Here’s a little more about each of the top providers and what sets them apart in terms of speed, services, features and more.
Verizon is the largest DSL and fiber provider in Washington, DC. Their DSL service offers speeds ranging from 0.5 to 15 Mbps, while Verizon Fios has speeds from 200 up to 940 Mbps.
Why Washingtonians love it
- Bundle & AutoPay discounts – Save money on TV, internet and home phone when you bundle and/or sign up for AutoPay.
- Fast upload speeds – Depending on the area, you may get download speeds up to 940 Mbps with upload speeds up to 880 Mbps.
For cable internet, Xfinity is the largest internet service provider — both in the U.S. and in the District. They offer speeds ranging from 15 to 2,000 Mbps, depending on where you live.
Why Washingtonians love it
- Blazing fast speeds – Xfinity offers some of the fastest speeds across the country — up to 2,000 Mbps, or 2 Gbps.
- Stay connected on the go – With millions of Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide, you can stay connected at home and on the go.
RCN offers cable or fiber-optic internet service to about two-thirds of the D.C. area with speeds ranging from 50 to 1,000 Mbps. Most plans even come with no contract requirements.
Why Washingtonians love it
- No data caps – Feel free to stream, download, game and browse as much as you want without restrictions.
- Whole Home Wi-Fi – Set up a mesh Wi-Fi network using multiple access points to ensure you have wireless internet in every corner.
Fastest internet in Washington, DC
While the majority of Washington, DC, has access to internet speeds well above broadband standards, the district is lacking a bit when it comes to super-fast internet speeds. According to the FCC, 98% of Washington, DC, has access to internet of up to 100 Mbps, compared to 83% of the nation.
Speeds of up to 250 Mbps are available to 49% of Washington, DC, residents — higher than the 44% national average. However, speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps are only offered to 8% of the District of Columbia, compared to 13% nationally.
Fastest max advertised download speeds in Washington, DC
While each of the providers advertises blazing-fast speeds, there’s a very high chance that gig speeds may not be available at your address in Washington, DC, since only 8% of the district is covered by speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps.
However, speeds of 250 Mbps and even 100 Mbps are well above the minimum broadband download speed of 25 Mbps, meaning they should be more than enough to complete your everyday activities.
Washington, DC, Wi-Fi hotspots
One major benefit of living in or visiting Washington, DC, is free public Wi-Fi on the District’s wireless network. The Office of the Chief Technology Officer has installed Wi-Fi hotspots in every ward to provide citywide access. View the DC Public Wi-Fi Hotspot Map for more information.
Popular public Wi-Fi hotspots in Washington, DC
- All 29 locations of the DC Public Library system.
- Coffee shops, including Bourbon Coffee, The Coffee Bar, Gregorys Coffee, Starbucks and more.
- Museums, including the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Gallery of Art, the National Air and Space Museum and more.
- Transit hubs, including 30+ DC metro stations, Union Station, Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport.
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