Internet providers in Washington, DC

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1. Xfinity
99% available in Washington
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

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2. RCN
17% available in Washington
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
3. Verizon
99% available in Washington
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
940Mbps

User Rating (188)
4. Starry Internet
94% available in Washington
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
200Mbps
5. Viasat
99% available in Washington
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
6. HughesNet
99% available in Washington
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
7. DC Access
25% available in Washington
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
3Mbps
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1. Comcast Business
99% available in Washington
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

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2. Viasat
99% available in Washington
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
3. Ooma
50% available in Washington
Connection:
Wireless LTE
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
4. Windstream Enterprise
94% available in Washington
Connection:
DSL & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
6Mbps
5. DC Access
25% available in Washington
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
3Mbps
6. Zayo Group
14% available in Washington
Connection:
DSL, Fiber, Fixed Wireless & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
7. Allied Telecom Group, LLC
1% available in Washington
Connection:
DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
8. Allstream
Available in Washington
Connection:
DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
9. Syringa Networks
Available in Washington
Connection:
Fiber & Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
10. PowerOne
Available in Washington
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
6Mbps
11. One Ring Networks
Available in Washington
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
6Mbps
1. T-Mobile
Available in Washington
Connection:
Mobile
T-Mobile
4GLTE

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2. Verizon Wireless
Available in Washington
Connection:
Mobile
Verizon Wireless
4GLTE

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3. Xfinity Mobile
Available in Washington
Connection:
Mobile
Xfinity Mobile
4GLTE

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4. AT&T Wireless
Available in Washington
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T Wireless
5G

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How much internet speed do I need?

5+ Mbps

  • Regular browsing
  • Music streaming
  • Ideal for 1 person

10+ Mbps

  • HD video streaming
  • Casual gaming
  • Ideal for 1-2 people

20+ Mbps

  • Ultra HD streaming
  • Frequent gaming
  • Ideal for 2-4 people

40+ Mbps

  • Simultaneous HD streaming
  • Simultaneous gaming
  • Ideal for 4+

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Verizon vs. Xfinity

Compare Verizon and Xfinity by speed and price. One’s better for price; the other’s better for gaming.

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Viasat vs. HughesNet

Which satellite internet provider is the best in the Washington DC area? We list the pros and cons of each so you can make the right decision.

Read more about Viasat vs. HughesNet

Verizon Fios vs. RCN

We pit RCN against Verizon Fios to see which is the better internet provider in the Washington DC area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is Xfinity in Washington, DC?

Xfinity varies in price based on speed. Cable internet plans start at $29.99 per month for 50 Mbps and range up to $299.95 per month for 2,000 Mbps via fiber internet.* 

*Prices are current as of 9/21/2021. Pricing and availability may change.

Can you tell me how to turn off my Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot?

You can easily turn off or hide your Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot by following these steps:

Step 1: Log in to your Xfinity account

Step 2: Select My Services

Step 3: Select Internet.

Step 4: From the list of options, select Manage Your Home Hotspot.

Step 5: Select Disable My Xfinity Home Hotspot feature.

Step 6: Select Save.

How do I get an Xfinity modem online?

First, order a self-install kit. It will include an xFi Wireless Gateway (a modem and router in one) and three cables: the power cable, coax cable, and Ethernet cable.

Once you have your self-install kit, follow our steps to get your Xfinity modem online. If you want to use your own modem and router, refer to our guide on Xfinity compatible modems.

How do I boost a Wi-Fi signal from an Xfinity modem?

Try these tips to boost a Wi-Fi signal from an Xfinity modem:

  • Move your router to a central location away from architectural features that can interfere with the signal, such as a fireplace, staircase, or wall.
  • Make sure your router has updated software. Out-of-date equipment can send a spotty signal.
  • Extend the coverage area of your home network with a Wi-Fi booster or repeater.
  • If you have a large home with multiple floors, you may need to install an Xfinity xFi Pod. It’s more expensive than a simple booster, but it may be more effective for sprawling areas.

Get more in-depth information by reading “Improve Your Wi-Fi Speed in 10 Simple Steps.”

How do I make my Xfinity Wi-Fi secure?

First, disable your home hotspot so it can’t be used as a public Wi-Fi hotspot. We show you how to turn off Xfinity Wi-Fi.

Next, set up a secure user profile on your device to use Xfinity’s secure network (XFINITY)—not the open network (xfinitywifi). Once it’s set up, it will automatically connect to the secure Wi-Fi when it’s available.

Finally, follow these steps to use the secure, encrypted Xfinity hotspot:

Step 1: Download the Xfinity WiFi Hotspots app on your device. 

Step 2: Go to https://prov.wifi.xfinity.com/, and enter your Xfinity username and password. 

Step 3: Select Begin Installation, which will download an Xfinity secure Wi-Fi profile onto your phone. This secure profile has XfinXfinity’ssword baked in. 

Step 4: Enter your phone, tablet, or laptop password when prompted. 

Step 5: Select Done.

You can now connect to many free secure Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots. You’ll need to do this on each device you use to access secure Wi-Fi networks.

How much is AT&T Fiber internet?

AT&T Fiber internet offers speeds from 300 Mbps to 940 Mbps, with prices ranging from $35 to $60 per month.

However, AT&T does not offer internet service in Washington, DC. Instead, you can get comparable speeds through several providers in the area, including Verizon Fios, RCN, and Xfinity.

What internet is available at my address?

The largest internet providers in the Washington DC area are Xfinity and Verizon. RCN and Atlantic Broadband are also available but not as widespread. Viasat and HughesNet provide satellite internet if you live outside landline internet access or want to switch to a satellite provider.

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What is the best internet provider in Washington?

  • Xfinity - High speeds widely available
  • RCN - Low latency
  • Verizon - Fast upload and download speeds
  • Viasat - Widely available
  • HughesNet - Perfect for rural areas

Internet Provider Types in Washington


Cable

98%
Coverage


DSL

95%
Coverage


Fiber

41%
Coverage

Internet Speed Availability in Washington


3 Mbps

100%
Availability


10 Mbps

100%
Availability


25 Mbps

98%
Availability

Broadband Internet Availability

(Internet faster than 25 Mbps)

98%
Washington
98%
District of Columbia
79%
USA

Washington residential internet coverage

Xfinity is a cable and fiber internet provider. It offers service to all of DC except a few small sections of Foggy Bottom, Capitol Hill, and Shepherd Park. 

Verizon provides fiber internet to most of Washington, DC. Verizon’s excluded areas include some waterfront neighborhoods like Sheridan-Kalorama and Woodland-Normanstone Terrace as well as sections of Foggy Bottom, Park View, Shepherd Park, and Foxhall Village. 

RCN covers most of DC but is not available to some neighborhoods in Northeast DC. 

Atlantic Broadband is also widely available, excluding small pockets along the Southwest Waterfront and a few spots in the Northwest. 

Viasat and HughesNet provide satellite internet for the entire Washington DC area. They’re ideal if you live outside landline internet service areas, or you’re unhappy with the current wired internet options.

 

Highest-rated internet service providers in Washington, DC

Of the three major providers in the Washington DC area, Verizon ranked the highest in our annual customer satisfaction survey. It landed in third place out of 12 for overall satisfaction, followed by RCN (6th) and Xfinity (11th).

On a more granular level, Verizon dominated its rivals in four specific areas: speed, price, reliability, and customer service. For speed, 89% of Verizon respondents said their speeds “usually” or “always” met their needs.

Xfinity remained in last place (12th) for price and customer service and slightly higher for speed (9th) and reliability (10th). Xfinity had the most customers surveyed who were “very unsatisfied” with customer service.

 

Fastest internet service providers in Washington

Xfinity offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

RCN offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Verizon offers internet at speeds up to 940 Mbps

Starry Internet offers internet at speeds up to 200 Mbps

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Summary of Washington internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
Xfinity Cable 1000 Mbps 3.0/5
RCN Cable 1000 Mbps 3.5/5
Verizon DSL & Fiber 940 Mbps 3.5/5
Starry Internet Fixed Wireless 200 Mbps 3.5/5
Viasat Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
HughesNet Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
DC Access Fixed Wireless 3 Mbps N/A

Availability and speeds displayed are not guaranteed and are subject to change.

Technology Type

DSL:

DSL provides internet service via phone cables and is up to ten times faster than dial-up service.

Cable:

Cable provides internet speeds faster than DSL through the same cables used for cable TV.

Satellite:

Satellite internet is widely available, but offers slower speeds due to a far-traveling signal.

Fiber:

Fiber relies on glass strands to relay digital code and is much faster than both DSL and cable.

Customer reviews of internet providers in Washington

Starry Internet

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Caroline S | 05-13-2020

The day that I was able to cut the cord with Xfinity and call them to tell them "I WILL NO LONGER BE IN NEED OF YOUR SERVICES" was the best day. I have loved working with Starry. The internet service is fast and reliable. Not to mention the customer service is fantastic - everyone is so nice, welcoming, and willing to listen. I am not being transferred from one person to another. I am so happy about the change and I never plan on leaving! THANK YOU STARRY!!!!

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RCN

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Stephen E | 07-26-2019

Verified User

Service is excellent, never have had a service interruption unless for power failure over the 4-5 years we have had them. Pricing is the best in DC, pay less than $50 for very high speed. I agree with the inconsistency of the service speed. Though my account says 330 I never get close to those. But that is no different than any of the competitors.

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RCN

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Mariana A | 06-03-2019

Verified User

Oscar at Customer Service was very efficient and professional and was able to work out a better deal without compromising the service already being received.

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