Baltimore Internet | Service Providers in Baltimore

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About Internet Service in Baltimore

Located less than an hour from the nation’s capital, this historic port city is enjoying a civic and cultural renaissance. Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland, the 26th largest city in the U.S., and is home to more than 600,000 people. Baltimore is served by two residential ISPs and several others that provide connectivity exclusively to businesses.

Baltimore Quick Facts

  • Total Area (sq miles): 82
  • Population: 615,873
  • Housing Units: 303,639
Baltimore Education Levels Overall U.S. Education Levels
H.S. Graduates 69.6% 80.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 20.6% 24.8%
Baltimore Resident Incomes Overall U.S. Incomes
Median Income $44,552 $58,283
Poverty Rate 24.7% 15.8%
Below $25k 33.1% 24.1%
$25k-$50k 33.1% 30.0%
$50k-$100k 26.9% 30.6%
$100k-$200k 10.7% 16.5%
$200k or more 2.6% 4.2%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Access in Baltimore

City Connectivity

Baltimoreans utilize DSL and cable at rates 10%-11% higher than national averages. Wireless penetration in the city is at 100%, while the availability of fiber trails state and national averages with 3.4% availability. Recently gentrified areas of the city, such as the inner harbor, have higher access speeds than other areas of the city.

City Accessibility Rates Overall U.S. Rates
DSL 99.7% 89.7%
Fiber 3.4% 23.3%
Cable 97.7% 88.6%
Wireless 100.0% 99.0%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Speed in Baltimore

Baltimore’s upload and download speeds are about half that of the average for Maryland as a whole, and are significantly lower than New York City. Baltimore’s older infrastructure and significantly lower median income (in comparison to the rest of the state) may be contributing factors to the lag in deploying higher speed connections to the city. The median cost per megabit per second in Baltimore is $7.33, compared to suburban Washington rates of $2.73 for Frederick, $2.57 for Rockville, and $2.85 for Gaithersburg.

  • Upload Speed: 5.76 Mbps
  • Download Speed: 17.83 Mbps
  • Source: NetIndex.com

Baltimore-Area Providers

Baltimore, like many older cities, has a limited number of choices available for broadband Internet service for residential customers. While the National Broadband Map lists seven wired providers, only two offer residential services; the remaining five offer business or enterprise accounts.

Comcast

  • Service Areas: Comcast provides coverage throughout Baltimore City and Baltimore county.
  • Service Tiers: Extreme 105, Blast, Performance Sarter, Performance, and Economy Plus
  • Downstream Speeds: 105 Mbps, 50 Mbps, 6 Mbps, 25 Mbps, and 3 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $39.99 – $89.99
  • Features and Limitations: Subscribers have the option of bundling Internet with cable television services in a variety of configurations marketed under the Double Play name. Triple Play bundles combine Internet, TV, and telephone services for greater savings when compared to a la carte purchases. Two of the less expensive Internet packages Economy Plus (3 Mbps) and Performance Starter (6 Mbps) provide download speeds that are significantly lower than the city-wide average of 17.83 Mbps. Comcast’s pricing model favors bundled service purchases over Internet only customers.

Verizon

  • Service Areas: Baltimore City
  • Service Tiers: High Speed Internet and High Speed Internet Advanced
  • Downstream Speeds: 0.5 Mbps – 15 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $19.99 – $29.99
  • Features and Limitations:Verizon lists DSL speeds up to 15 Mbps for downloads but currently only offers 2 packages with a maximum download rate of 3 Mbps, which is less than 25 percent of the statewide average.

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