Columbia, Maryland Broadband Internet Service
Columbia, MD has a total of 5 options for high speed internet providers that meet the minimum broadband download speed of 25 Mbps. It can be understandably confusing when trying to determine which of these broadband providers to choose. Hopefully we can eliminate some of the guesswork for you by applying our ranking algorithm to those 5 internet service options in Columbia. The calculation we perform considers the download connection speed, upload connection speed, population covered and overall value provided by each company. Based upon that calculation, our top choice for Columbia is Xfinity. A summary of all the results:
|Rank||Provider||Tech||Max Download Speed||Max Upload Speed||Availability|
|1||Xfinity||Cable||987 Mbps||35 Mbps||96.6%|
|2||Verizon||Fiber||940 Mbps||880 Mbps||96.6%|
|3||InfoPathways||wireless||25 Mbps||10 Mbps||69.5%|
|4||ViaSat||Satellite||100 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
|5||HughesNet||Satellite||25 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
Columbia MD Internet Access Options
Studies have shown that the competition from having two or more broadband internet providers in a community leads to lower prices and better overall service.
The chart below graphs the segment of the population which has a choice of internet providers at four different ranges of download speeds.
Broadband Internet Speeds
Curious how fast the average internet speeds in Columbia are compared to Howard County? Also, curious how the speeds compare to Maryland overall?
Average download speeds in Columbia of 35.98 Mbps are faster than the Howard County average download speeds and faster than the statewide average for Maryland.
Columbia Internet Access Facts
Fiber optic internet is available to 94.6% of Columbia residents
The average internet download speed in Howard County is 26.78 Mbps based upon 1071984 samples taken in the past year
The average upload speed in Columbia is 10.03 Mbps. This is 5.1% slower than the average in Maryland and 13.5% slower than the national average of 11.56 Mbps
The average download speed in Columbia is 34.4% faster than the Howard County average and 11% faster than the national average of 32.4 Mbps
The average upload speed in Columbia is 10.03 Mbps. This is 19.1% faster than the Howard County average and 13.5% slower than the national average of 11.56 Mbps
Cable internet is available to 95.2% of Howard County residents
Internet Access Technologies
DSL, Cable, Fiber and Fixed Wireless are four common types of technology used to provide internet access. The following chart shows the percentage of Columbia residents who have access to each of these technology types.
Internet Service FAQs
Who has the best internet service near me?
Our proprietary algorithm that takes into consideration download speed, upload speed, availability and overall value ranks Xfinity as the top provider for Columbia, Maryland.
How do the internet speeds in Columbia compare to other cities in Maryland?
Click through to see how the Columbia broadband speeds compare to these other cities throughout the state: Landover, Layhill, Maryland City, Perryman, Reisterstown, Savage, Takoma Park
What is Mbps?
Mbps is an abbreviation for Megabits Per Second and represents the rate of data transmission. A larger value for download Mbps or upload Mbps means a file will take less time to be sent than it will with an internet connection with a lower Mbps.
What download speed do I need to stream movies?
For HD movies and shows Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu all recommend a minimum of 5 Mbps. Streaming 4K/UHD content requires a minimum of 25 Mbps for Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu.
What locations were used in calculating broadband internet coverage for Columbia, Maryland?
The following zip codes were used: 21029, 21042, 21043, 21044, 21045, 21046 and 21075
Who has the fastest internet service in Columbia?
Xfinity with a download speed of 987 Mbps provides the fastest internet service in Columbia.
Is there DSL internet service near me?
Unlikely. Our records indicate there are no DSL providers that offer coverage to more than 15% of residents in Columbia, Maryland.
What is an internet data cap?
Some internet providers on their lowest end plans limit the amount of data that can be downloaded in a month. Like cellular phone plans, when that usage limit is hit, an additional charge is added to the customer's bill. Data caps are typically 1TB or more. In a month you could send 40,000 emails, streaming music 24 hours a data, surf the web 24 hours a day plus stream HD video 12 hours a day and still not hit a 1TB limit. Fewer than 10% of customers hit their data caps in a month.
Columbia Cable TV, Satellite TV and Streaming Services
Our ranking of internet service plans can make choosing a new provider fairly easy. Selecting a TV provider is more difficult as additional variables are involved. If you are a heavy TV viewer and/or watch in multiple rooms at the same time, a traditional cable TV package or satellite TV provider may be the best option for you. However, if you live in a rental property or a heavily wooded area, satellite TV may not be a viable option. Streaming TV packages can be a good option for many, especially if your internet plan does not have a data limit. Read through the pros and cons of the various TV packages available to you and chose the best match to your viewing needs.
- 260+ channels
- Award winning voice remote
- Customize your plan
- Watch TV, DVR and OnDemand anywhere with the Xfinity Stream app
- 290+ channels
- Satellite coverage virtually anywhere
- 4 video package tiers
- Access to apps, Google assistant and 2000 hour smart DVR
Hulu Live TV
- 75+ channels
- Access to premium Hulu originals
- Includes Disney+ and ESPN+
- 2 simultaneous streams supported on a broad array of devices
- 85+ channels
- Unlimited cloud DVR
- Local network coverage
- Sports plus, Spanish plus and premium movie add-ons
- 140+ channels
- Unlimited cloud DVR
- Local network and sports coverage
- Unlimited streams in-home. TV to go with the DIRECTV app
- 180+ channels
- 1000 hours of cloud DVR
- Local network coverage
- Extensive sports coverage plus sports add-on packages