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