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
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Internet Access in Baltimore
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.
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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, 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.
- Source: BroadbandMap.gov
- 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.
- 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.
City Subscriber Resources
- Baltimore City Public Schools Office of Instructional Technology: Their mission is to provide resources, training, and support to educators and administrators in developing programs that integrate 21st century technology into teaching and learning.
- Historic East Baltimore Technology Resource Center: The center provides both access to and training on computers. Services are available to people of all ages who are educationally, economically, or physically disadvantaged.
- Mayor’s Office of Information Technology: The office is responsible for leveraging information technology to broaden capabilities and reduce costs of Baltimore city government.