Internet providers in Washington, DC

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1. Xfinity
98% available in Washington
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

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2. Astound Broadband Powered by RCN
57% available in Washington
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

User Rating (1)
3. Verizon Home Internet
99% available in Washington
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
940Mbps

User Rating (0)
4. Starry Internet
46% available in Washington
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
200Mbps
5. T-Mobile Home Internet
99% available in Washington
Connection:
5G Home
Download speeds up to
182Mbps

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6. HughesNet
99% available in Washington
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (124)
7. Viasat
99% available in Washington
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
8. Ultra Home Internet
99% available in Washington
Connection:
5G Home
Download speeds up to
182Mbps

User Rating (0)
9. DC Access
51% available in Washington
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
75Mbps
10. Smart Networks
99% available in Washington
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
10Mbps
1. Comcast Business
96% available in Washington
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

User Rating (10)
2. Astound Broadband Powered by RCN
57% available in Washington
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

User Rating (1)
3. Verizon Home Internet
99% available in Washington
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
940Mbps

User Rating (0)
4. HughesNet
99% available in Washington
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (124)
5. Viasat
99% available in Washington
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
6. Ooma
50% available in Washington
Connection:
Wireless LTE
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
7. Allied Telecom Group, LLC
1% available in Washington
Connection:
DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
8. DC Access
51% available in Washington
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
75Mbps
9. Believe Wireless, LLC
78% available in Washington
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
10. Zayo Group
85% available in Washington
Connection:
DSL, Fiber, Fixed Wireless & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
11. Vector Data Systems LLC
95% available in Washington
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
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. AT&T Wireless
Available in Washington
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T Wireless
5G

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

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5. Mint
Available in Washington
Connection:
Mobile
Mint
4GLTE

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6. Visible
Available in Washington
Connection:
Mobile
Visible
4GLTE

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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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Which internet providers in Washington DC are the cheapest?

At first glance, Astound Broadband has the cheapest internet plan in the area at $19.99 per month for up to 100 Mbps. It also has the cheapest gigabit plan at $44.99 per month. But Astound’s prices have a sharp incline after the first 12 months: up to $119 per month for the 100 Mbps plan and $159.99 per month for the gigabit plan, for example. Verizon Home Internet and Xfinity do not increase their prices, so they’re cheaper over the long term.

If you’re still shopping for gigabit speeds, Xfinity offers a 1,200 Mbps plan for $79.99 per month, but it comes with a 1.2 TB data cap. Verizon Home Internet has a 940 Mbps plan for $89.99 per month, or you can get crazy and opt for the 2,000 Mbps plan for $119.99 per month.

ProviderPriceSpeedRating*View on provider site
Astound Broadband$19.99–$44.99/mo.100–940 Mbps3.8/5View Plans
Verizon Home Internet $49.99–$119.99/mo.‡§||200–2,000 Mbps3.8/5
Xfinity$65.00–$299.95/mo.#**††‡‡50–6,000 Mbps3.5/5View Plans

Which internet providers in Washington DC are the fastest?

Xfinity’s single fiber plan is the fastest you can get in the Washington DC area, with speeds up to 6,000 Mbps for a hefty $299.95 per month. Verizon’s fiber internet reaches up to 2,000 Mbps for $119.99 per month.

Xfinity also has the fastest cable internet in the area, with speeds up to 1,200 Mbps for $79.99 per month. The price doesn’t increase like Astound’s gigabit plan after 12 months, but you must pay another $30 each month for unlimited data.

ProviderTypeSpeedRating*View on provider site
XfinityCable, fiberUp to 6,000 Mbps3.5/5View Plans
Verizon Home Internet FiberUp to 2,000 Mbps3.8/5
Astound BroadbandCableUp to 940 Mbps3.8/5View Plans

Which internet providers have fiber in Washington DC?

Xfinity offers only one fiber internet plan with symmetrical speeds up to 6,000 Mbps. It’s fast, but Xfinity ranks eleventh out of 12 internet providers in overall customer satisfaction with a score of 3.5 out of 5. It generally ranks in the lower half of our annual customer satisfaction survey across all categories, like speed, price, and reliability.

Verizon Home Internet is all fiber, with its top symmetrical speed hitting 2,000 Mbps. It ranks third for overall customer satisfaction in our annual survey—second specifically in speed, price, and reliability.

ProviderSpeedRating*View on provider site
Xfinity6,000 Mbps3.5/5View Plans
Verizon Home Internet 200–2,000 Mbps3.8/5

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is Xfinity in Washington, DC?

Xfinity internet plans start at $25.00 per month for 50 Mbps and range up to $70.00 per month for 1,200 Mbps.*

*Prices are current as of 4/13/22. 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 purchase an Xfinity modem online?

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

After that, 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 Xfinity's Wi-Fi signal?

Try these tips to boost Xfinity’s Wi-Fi signal:

  • Move your router or gateway 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 or gateway 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.

What internet is available at my address?

The largest internet providers in the Washington, DC, area are Xfinity and Verizon Home Internet . Astound Broadband and Breezeline 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.

You can find all your internet options in one quick search by typing your zip code below.

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What is the best internet provider in Washington?

Internet Provider Types in Washington


Cable

73%
Coverage


DSL

100%
Coverage


Fiber

100%
Coverage

Internet Speed Availability in Washington


3 Mbps

100%
Availability


10 Mbps

100%
Availability


25 Mbps

100%
Availability

Broadband Internet Availability

(Internet faster than 25 Mbps)

100%
Washington
97%
District of Columbia
79%
USA

Washington, DC residential internet coverage

Verizon Home Internet 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. It offers plans ranging from 200 Mbps to 940 Mbps.

Xfinity is a cable internet provider. It offers service to all of DC except a few small sections of Foggy Bottom, Capitol Hill, and Shepherd Park. Speeds range from 50 Mbps to 1,200 Mbps.

Astound Broadband covers most of DC with cable internet but is not available to some neighborhoods in Northeast DC. The available plans depend on where you live, offering speeds between 10 Mbps and 940 Mbps.

Breezeline is also a widely available cable internet provider, excluding small pockets along the Southwest Waterfront and a few spots in the Northwest. Plans start at $19.99 per month with speeds ranging from 100 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps.

Starry Internet is a 5G fixed-wireless service that uses millimeter wave technology to deliver wireless internet speeds up to 200 Mbps.

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 Home Internet ranked the highest in our annual customer satisfaction survey. It landed in third place out of 12 for overall satisfaction, followed by Astound Broadband (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.

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Summary of Washington internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
Xfinity Cable 1000 Mbps 2.5/5
Astound Broadband Powered by RCN Cable 1000 Mbps 1.5/5
Verizon Home Internet DSL & Fiber 940 Mbps N/A
Starry Internet Fixed Wireless 200 Mbps 3.5/5
T-Mobile Home Internet 5G Home 182 Mbps 4.0/5
HughesNet Satellite 25 Mbps 1.5/5
Viasat Satellite 100 Mbps 1.5/5
Ultra Home Internet 5G Home 182 Mbps N/A
DC Access Fixed Wireless 75 Mbps N/A
Smart Networks Fixed Wireless 10 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

Astound Broadband Powered by RCN

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Eric N | 06-21-2022

They used to be oh, I've been with them for well over 15 years, but ever since they've merged the service is simply falling apart. Bad service, constant outages, always the threat of adding fees when things are wrong. This is just a badly run company at this point.

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XFINITY

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Rajit S | 04-15-2022

Service often cuts out, and will be unavailable for hours with no warning or explanation. Customer service in person is pretty good, but abysmal to non-existent over the phone.

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XFINITY

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Cathy S | 03-12-2022

No service most of the time. Rude customer service.

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