Washington residential internet coverage
Over 98% of Washington, DC, residents have access to broadband internet service that’s at least 25 Mbps. If you compare internet providers by coverage area, Xfinity has the most comprehensive coverage in the DC metro area. Xfinity offers service to all of DC except a few small sections of Foggy Bottom, Capitol Hill, and Shepherd Park.
RCN covers most of DC but is not available to some neighborhoods in Northeast DC. Verizon’s fiber network reaches 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.
Atlantic Broadband is also widely available, excluding small pockets along the Southwest Waterfront and a few spots in the Northwest.
There are also hundreds of free public Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the city, making it easy to stay connected whether you’re catching some sunshine at the park or avoiding tourists at the local pub. Some providers, such as Xfinity, offer customers access to secure Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the city.
Highest-rated internet service providers in Washington, DC
Verizon is the highest-rated internet provider in DC according to our 2020 customer satisfaction survey, where the provider came in second place. Xfinity also ranked well in the survey, ranking fifth out of the 15 included providers.
Verizon’s particular strengths according to customers are speed, reliability, installation, tech support, customer service, and its mobile app.
Xfinity has many more middling scores across the eight categories in the survey, but it got first place in customer satisfaction with internet speeds.
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