Best Internet Providers in Maryland

Verizon Fios Best internet provider in Maryland
Speeds from 300 - 2,000 Mbps
Prices from $50 - $120 per Month
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Xfinity Broadest coverage in Maryland
Speeds from 75 - 2,000 Mbps
Prices from $20 - $120 per Month
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T-Mobile Home Internet Best 5G home internet in Maryland
Speeds from 72 - 245 Mbps
Prices from $50 per Month
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Verizon 5G Home Internet Best fixed wireless internet in Baltimore
Speeds from 85 - 1,000 Mbps
Prices from $50 - $70 per Month
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What is the best internet provider in Maryland?

Verizon Fios is the best internet service provider overall for most households in Maryland because of speed, straightforward plans and availability across most of the state’s major metro areas. That being said, Verizon Fios service isn’t available everywhere in Maryland, so Xfinity or T-Mobile Home Internet are also solid picks, depending on what’s available in your area. 

If you’re on the hunt for the lowest prices or the fastest speeds, we’ve also found those top options. The cheapest internet in Maryland is Breezeline’s cable offering of 100 megabits per second for $20 a month. Shentel’s Glo Fiber 5,000Mbps plan is one of the fastest in Maryland, but availability is limited. Xfinity’s 2,000Mbps and 1,200Mbps plans are easier to find across the state. There are more ISPs in Maryland than we cover in this guide, but you’ll find a range of large and small ISPs alongside providers with the widest coverage across the state.

Our methodology

CNET considers speeds, pricing, customer service and overall value to recommend the best internet service in Maryland across several categories. Our evaluation includes referencing a proprietary database built over years of reviewing internet services. We validate that against provider information by spot-checking local addresses for service availability. We also do a close read of providers' terms and conditions and, when needed, will call ISPs to verify the details.

Despite our efforts to find the most recent and accurate information, our process has some limitations you should know about. Pricing and speed data are variable: certain addresses may qualify for different service tiers, and monthly costs may vary, even within a city. The best way to identify your particular options is to plug your address into a provider's website. 

Also, the prices, speed and other information listed above and in the provider cards below may differ from what we found in our research. The cards display the full range of a provider's pricing and speed across the US, according to our database of plan information provided directly by ISPs. At the same time, the text is specific to what's available in Maryland. The prices referenced within this article's text come from our research and include applicable discounts for setting up automatic payments each month -- a standard industry offering. Other discounts and promotions might also be available for things like signing a term contract or bundling with multiple services. 

To learn more about how we review internet providers, visit our full methodology page.

Best internet in Maryland in 2023

Connection
Fiber
Speed range
300 - 2,000 Mbps
Price range
$50 - $120 per month

Verizon Fios

Best internet provider in Maryland

Our take - Verizon’s fiber network (not to be confused with its DSL, LTE or 5G home internet offerings) hits the sweet spot for speed, availability, straightforward plans and customer satisfaction. It’s the most wide-reaching residential fiber ISP in the Old Line State.

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Connection
Fiber
Speed range
300 - 2,000 Mbps
Price range
$50 - $120 per month
Connection
Fiber
Speed range
300 - 2,000 Mbps
Price range
$50 - $120 per month
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Connection
Cable
Speed range
75 - 2,000 Mbps
Price range
$20 - $120 per month

Xfinity

Broadest coverage in Maryland

Our take - No matter where you live in Maryland, chances are good Xfinity services your address with its cable network. The ISP offers some decent introductory pricing deals, including a 200Mbps service for $30 a month. It’s also one of the few multigigabit providers in the state, with speeds topping out at 2,000Mbps. 

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Connection
Cable
Speed range
75 - 2,000 Mbps
Price range
$20 - $120 per month
Connection
Cable
Speed range
75 - 2,000 Mbps
Price range
$20 - $120 per month
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Connection
Fixed wireless
Speed range
72 - 245 Mbps
Price range
$50 per month

T-Mobile Home Internet

Best 5G home internet in Maryland

Our take - T-Mobile and Verizon run neck and neck when providing 5G home internet. The choice between the two comes down to availability, the speeds you can get at your location and whether or not you’re a phone customer. Both offer an alternative to regular wired ISPs. T-Mobile gets a nod here thanks to its coverage area across Maryland. Here’s what you need to know about 5G home internet.

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Connection
Fixed wireless
Speed range
72 - 245 Mbps
Price range
$50 per month
Connection
Fixed wireless
Speed range
72 - 245 Mbps
Price range
$50 per month
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Connection
Fixed wireless
Speed range
85 - 1,000 Mbps
Price range
$50 - $70 per month

Verizon 5G Home Internet

Best fixed wireless internet in Baltimore

Our take - The Verizon Fios fiber network is our top pick for Maryland overall, but it doesn’t reach every part of Baltimore. If you don’t want to go with Xfinity and can’t get Fios, check into Verizon 5G Home Internet instead. It’s an especially good deal for Verizon mobile customers who bundle an eligible phone plan.

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Connection
Fixed wireless
Speed range
85 - 1,000 Mbps
Price range
$50 - $70 per month
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Fixed wireless
Speed range
85 - 1,000 Mbps
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Maryland internet providers compared

Provider Internet technologyMonthly price rangeSpeed rangeMonthly equipment costsData capContractCNET review score
Antietam Broadband Cable/fiber$50-$10025-2,300MbpsVariesNoneNoneN/A
Astound Cable$25-$60300-1,500MbpsNoneNoneNone7
Breezeline Cable$20-$60100-1,000Mbps$15 (optional)NoneNoneN/A
Choptank Fiber Fiber$85-$280100-2,500MbpsNoneNone2-yearN/A
Point Broadband Fiber$40-$60300-1,000MbpsNoneNoneNoneN/A
Shentel Glo Fiber Fiber$65-$285600-5,000Mbps$10 (optional)NoneNoneN/A
T-Mobile Home Internet Fixed wireless$50 ($30 with eligible mobile plans)72-245MbpsNoneNoneNone7.4
Verizon Fios Fiber$50-$90 ($25-$65 with eligible mobile plans)300-940MbpsNoneNoneNone7.6
Verizon 5G Home Internet Fixed wireless$50-$70 ($35-$45 for eligible Verizon Wireless customers)85-1,000MbpsNoneNoneNone7.2
Xfinity Cable$30-$120200-2,000MbpsVariesNoneNone7
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Rural internet options in Maryland

  • Antietam Broadband: Cable and fiber provider Antietam Broadband services Washington County, including some rural areas. It’s been actively expanding its Flight Fiber network to include Hagerstown. Fiber speeds top out at 2,300Mbps for $100 a month. Equipment costs vary with service, but the company offers specials that cover the cost, or you can provide your own equipment. 
  • Choptank Fiber: If you live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and crave fiber internet, check in with your local provider, Choptank. The ISP is expanding its network and offers symmetrical speeds up to 2,500Mbps. Pricing ranges from $85 monthly for a 100Mbps plan to $280 for its fastest speed tier. There are no data caps or equipment fees, but Choptank requires a two-year commitment.
  • Satellite internet: Starlink, HughesNet and Viasat compete to offer satellite internet service to households with few or no other options. Speeds can be slow, and the price is often more expensive than other kinds of internet connections, but it may be the only way for some rural homes to get online. 
  • Shentel Glo Fiber: Shentel’s Glo Fiber service is available in parts of Frederick and is expanding into rural areas of Frederick County as well as the city of Salisbury. Glo Fiber plans run from $65 a month for 600Mbps up to $285 a month for 5,000Mbps. That top speed is one of Maryland's fastest residential internet plans. The downside is the small Glo Fiber service area.
  • Telegia: Telegia’s Skyburst fixed wireless service offers download speeds of 10 to 100Mbps across a broad area around Frederick County. The ISP is based in Frederick. Telegia reaches into rural areas that may have no other options besides satellite. You’ll have to contact Telegia for availability and pricing for your location. A router is included. Here’s how fixed wireless compares to other types of internet connections
  • Towerstream: Rural residents of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carrol, Frederick and Howard counties can check into fixed wireless ISP Towerstream. It’s not the cheapest service, so compare it with other options if you have any. Prices range from $45 per month for a 5Mbps service to $125 for 25Mbps.
  • Verizon High Speed Internet: Verizon’s older DSL network reaches into areas where its fiber service doesn’t. Speeds may be very slow, however. You may get 15Mbps, or you may only be able to pull down 1Mbps. A phone plan is required, which brings your monthly cost to $75. You can choose between buying a $100 router or providing your own. There’s no annual contract. Consider this a last-ditch option if you can’t get faster or more affordable service at your address.
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Internet breakdown by city in Maryland

CNET has covered the best ISPs in several major cities in Maryland. We’ve compiled information on internet connection types, data caps, max speeds and more. If you don’t see your hometown below, don’t worry -- we’re working to add more city lists each week.

Cheap internet options in Maryland

Most ISPs in Maryland have plans that cost around $50, but there are ways to slim that down. Xfinity’s widely available 200Mbps Connect More plan runs $30 a month for the first year of service. It’s an especially good deal if you have your own equipment and don’t have to add $15 a month for an xFi Gateway rental. Verizon mobile customers with an eligible phone plan can pull down some pretty sweet home internet savings. With Fios, for example, you can get $25 off, bringing the lowest-price home internet plan down to $25 a month. 

Bethesda, Gaithersburg or Anne Arundel County residents with access to Astound Broadband’s network can get a one-year intro price of $25 a month for 300Mbps cable service. Breezeline’s cable plans start at $20 monthly for 100Mbps for the first year. Low-income households should check on eligibility for the federal Affordable Connectivity Program. Most ISPs participate, and it can get you free or cheap home internet.

What’s the cheapest internet plan in Maryland?

Plan Starting monthly priceMonthly equipment feeMax download speed (Mbps)
Breezeline 100 $20 $15 (optional)100
Astound Broadband 300 $25 None300
Xfinity Connect More $30 $15 (optional)200
Point Broadband 300 $40 None300
Verizon Fios 300 $50 ($25 with eligible mobile plans)None300
T-Mobile Home Internet $50 ($30 with eligible mobile plans)None245
Verizon 5G Home Internet $50 ($35 with eligible mobile plans)None300
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

How to find internet deals and promotions in Maryland

The best internet deals and the top promotions in Maryland depend on the discounts available during that period. Most deals are short-lived, but we look frequently for the latest offers. 

Maryland internet providers such as Xfinity may offer lower introductory pricing or streaming add-ons for a limited time. Many, including Verizon Fios and Point Broadband, tend to run the same standard pricing year-round. 

For a more extensive list of promos, check out our guide on the best internet deals

How fast is Maryland broadband?

Maryland does pretty well when it comes to broadband speeds. A recent Ookla ranking put Maryland in 12th place for fastest median download speeds among the states and Washington, DC. The Old Line State logged a median download speed of 216Mbps. That general peppiness in home internet speed is thanks in part to wide coverage by Verizon Fios and Xfinity across the state. Both offer plans in the gig range, making fast internet available to most households. 

The speeds you get at home will depend on many factors, including which ISPs are available and the internet technology you choose. Fiber has the advantage of fast uploads, which makes a difference if you move large files around. Maryland’s cable providers offer plans at the gig level or above, making them solid options for fast downloads.

Fastest internet plans in Maryland

Plan Starting priceMax download speeds (Mbps)Max upload speeds (Mbps)Connection type
Shentel Glo Fiber $285 5,0005,000Fiber
Choptank Fiber Ultra Gigafast $280 2,5002,500Fiber
Shentel Glo Fiber $135 2,4002,400Fiber
Antietam Broadband $100 2,3002,300Fiber
Xfinity Gigabit X2 $120 2,00050Cable
Astound Broadband  $60 1,500 (1,200 max in some areas)50Cable
Xfinity Gigabit Extra $90 1,20035Cable
Breezeline GigaFast $60 1,00050Cable
Choptank Fiber Gigafast $140 1,0001,000Fiber
Xfinity Gigabit $80 1,00020Cable
Point Broadband $60 1,0001,000Fiber
Verizon 5G Home Plus Internet $70 ($45 with eligible mobile plans)1,00075Fixed wireless
Astound Broadband $50 94020Cable
Verizon Fios 1 Gig $90 ($65 with eligible mobile plans)940880Fiber
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

What’s a good internet speed?

Most internet connection plans can now handle basic productivity and communication tasks. If you're looking for an internet plan that can accommodate videoconferencing, streaming video or gaming, you'll have a better experience with a more robust connection. Here's an overview of the recommended minimum download speeds for various applications, according to the FCC. Note that these are only guidelines -- and that internet speed, service and performance vary by connection type, provider and address.

For more information, refer to our guide on how much internet speed you really need.

  • 0 to 5Mbps allows you to tackle the basics -- browsing the internet, sending and receiving email, streaming low-quality video.
  • 5 to 40Mbps gives you higher-quality video streaming and videoconferencing.
  • 40 to 100Mbps should give one person sufficient bandwidth to satisfy the demands of modern telecommuting, video streaming and online gaming. 
  • 100 to 500Mbps allows one to two people to simultaneously engage in high-bandwidth activities like videoconferencing, streaming and online gaming. 
  • 500 to 1,000Mbps allows three or more people to engage in high-bandwidth activities like videoconferencing, streaming and online gaming all at the same time.

How CNET chose the best internet providers in Maryland

Internet service providers are numerous and regional. Unlike the latest smartphone, laptop, router or kitchen tool, it's impractical to personally test every internet service provider in a given city. So what's our approach? For starters, we tap into a proprietary pricing, availability and speed database that draws from our own historical ISP data, partner data and mapping information from the Federal Communications Commission at FCC.gov. 

But it doesn't end there. We go to the FCC's website to check our data and ensure we consider every ISP that provides service in an area. We also input local addresses on provider websites to find specific options for residents. We look at sources, including the American Customer Satisfaction Index and J.D. Power, to evaluate how happy customers are with an ISP's service. ISP plans and prices are subject to frequent changes; all information provided is accurate as of publication. 

Once we have this localized information, we ask three main questions: 

  • Does the provider offer access to reasonably fast internet speeds? 
  • Do customers get decent value for what they're paying? 
  • Are customers happy with their service? 

While the answer to those questions is often layered and complex, the providers who come closest to “yes” on all three are the ones we recommend. When selecting the cheapest internet service, we look for the plans with the lowest monthly fee, though we also factor in things like price increases, equipment fees and contracts. Choosing the fastest internet service is relatively straightforward. We look at advertised upload and download speeds and consider real-world speed data from sources like Ookla and FCC reports.

To explore our process in more depth, you can visit our How we test ISPs page.

What’s the final word on internet providers in Maryland?

Verizon Fios and Xfinity are the home internet heavyweights in Maryland. Thanks to reliability and fast upload speeds, fiber is nice if you can get it. That’s why we picked Fios as the top ISP in the state. With cable providers like Xfinity, you can typically get great introductory rates and access to gig speeds or above, but you’ll find yourself wrestling with a price hike down the line. Be sure to check which other ISPs are available at your address. You may find service from a local or regional ISP or another cable provider that works well for your speed needs or pocketbook.

Internet providers in Maryland FAQs

Who is the cheapest internet provider in Maryland?

Cheap internet options will depend on which ISPs service your address. Xfinity and Verizon are the most broadly available ISPs in Maryland. Of the two, Xfinity has lower-cost introductory plans, notably a 200Mbps plan for $30 a month, with that pricing good for a year. However, you’ll need to factor in renting or buying equipment. Bundling an eligible phone plan with Verizon home internet service can net you big savings, knocking your 300Mbps Fios plan down to just $25 monthly. That’s remarkably cheap for fiber internet. If Breezeline or Astound Broadband service your address, you can take advantage of some low-cost promotional rates.

Which internet provider in Maryland offers the fastest plan?

Of the widely available Verizon Fios and Xfinity plans, Xfinity offers faster downloads with a top speed of 2,000Mbps in some areas but uploads max out at 50Mbps. Verizon’s top-end Fios plan comes with 940Mbps downloads and 880Mbps uploads. There are faster plans to be found in some pockets of the state. Glo Fiber, for example, is available in areas of Frederick County and goes up to 5,000Mbps. Choptank Fiber delivers 2,500Mbps service to parts of the Eastern Shore.

Is fiber internet available in Maryland?

Verizon Fios is the fiber provider you’re most likely to run into around Maryland, but there are some ISPs with smaller fiber footprints around the state. Choptank Fiber, for example, delivers speeds up to 2,500Mbps to the Eastern Shore. Point Broadband brings gig fiber to Hagerstown, and Antietam Broadband offers fiber in parts of Washington County.

What internet provider has the best coverage in Maryland?

The most recent FCC National Broadband Map data crowns Xfinity as the widest-reaching wired ISP in Maryland. It’s accessible to nearly 87% of homes in the state.

Updated Oct. 21, 2023 5:00 a.m. PT

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