18 June 2019


6 Best Internet Service Providers in Washington, D.C. for 2020

In 2019, high-speed, reliable Internet connectivity is a must for your business or any government agency.

Every department of your business, from sales to marketing to operations relies on Internet connectivyt in some way. And if your business Internet service provider can't deliver, your company could face significant problems in each branch's daily duties.

Imagine you just started a web meeting with international clients and your Internet service cuts out or degrades significantly. Or, the warehouse dropped service and lost the ability to track orders as they arrive or leave.

These problems are real and happen all the time when companies don't invest in the right provider for their needs. In Washington, D.C., there's no shortage of ISPs, and that can make finding the right option overwhelming.

To reduce the paralysis by analysis, we've compiled a list of the top companies and the reasons you may want to work with them.

Local Internet Service Providers in Washington, D.C. You Can Trust

The quickest way to decide which ISP will best meet your needs is to break down your requirements based on this list:

  • Speed and connection type
  • Contracts and pricing
  • Reputation and reliability
  • Add-ons and extras
  • Customer support
  • Coverage area

All of these points are critical to which provider you select but will differ based on your industry or the size of your company. If you use these points as a guide, determining the best fit for your company will become simple. You'll also want to check out our free guide: 10 Questions To Ask Before You Buy Fiber Connectivity For Your Business.

These six companies are the best commercial Internet services in the Washington, D.C. metro area. While not each will be right for your company, at least one is sure to meet your service needs.

Allied Telecom

Allied Telecom is a local ISP that provides telecom services and is an excellent option for small to medium-sized businesses.

Allied provides fiber, copper, cable, fixed wireless, and DSL to customers in the Washington, D.C. area, reaching speeds as fast as 10 Gbps. These speeds are incredibly beneficial if you also take part in their Unified Communications services, managing meetings and video conferences with low latency.

Comcast Business

Comcast is one of the nation's largest Gig-speed networks. In D.C., they're the most common service we come up against in the marketplace and serve as a well-known low-cost entry point for ISP services. Their competitive rates are due in part to the ability to generate other revenue from advertising, TV service and also selling customer data. These are all revenue streams as they monetize the data that transports over their network.  .

With Comcast, you'll find no data caps, speeds starting at 25 Mbps, and 24/7 customer support. They also offer a variety of services in bundles to homeowners and small businesses in the D.C. area, including phone, Internet, and cable tv service.


Verizon is the ILEC in the region and therefore is another common carrier that Atlantech Online competes with. Many companies are attracted to Verizon because of their ability to provide services nearly anywhere in the region. For a company planning to expand, this can save a lot of leg work in finding an additional provider.

For Washington, D.C., Verizon offers its FiOS Internet, which is capable of delivery GigE connectivity to their customers. You can also add additional packages for cable tv and phone service, reducing your overall bill. However, if you prefer more support and more straightforward billing, other providers may be a better fit for your company. 

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Zayo is a comprehensive fiber, data center and colocation, and cloud connectivity solution. While mainly US-based, Zayo also reaches into the European market, making it a possible contender for international businesses looking to partner.

Zayo's "Pro" service provides exceptional data and connectivity for businesses of any size. They do not offer phone services, however. So, for companies looking for a single-source provider, Zayo might not be the best fit.


RCN is another potential provider that offers up to 1 Gig Internet speeds. In 2018, the company was even named PC Magazine's Fastest ISP in the United States.

Customers can also add cable or phone to their packages and find better deals for bundling. RCN is also known for its exceptional customer service.

While they are a great provider, they, unfortunately, don't offer 100% regional coverage. When considering RCN, ensure they can provide services to your location before spending too much time reviewing their offerings.

Atlantech Online

The list wouldn't be complete if we didn't mention our own services.

Atlantech provides fiber Internet to the Washington DC area, reaching speeds of up to 100 Gbps. What sets us apart, though, is that we're locally based. This means our techs, customer service, and offices are all located near you, enabling us to deliver faster support.

We also provide direct connectivity, own and operate our own certified data centers, deliver fantastic customer service, and offer unified communications packages that fit your needs. Add that to our already exceptional coverage, security, and reliability, and you have another powerhouse to explore.

Atlantech currently services over 3,600 commercial buildings in Washington, D.C. Check to see if your building is already connected here. If your building isn't already connected to our fiber network, we can provide telecom services within 30 days.

“As a Federal IT service provider, we contracted our internal Internet connectivity and telephone services to Atlantech Online. They provided a smooth transition from our previous Internet/ Phone provider. Reliability is crucial in our line of work, and the quality of their performance has consistently met and exceeded our expectations.” - Rodney G. Hawkins, President, Washington Technology Group, Inc.

Choosing the Internet Service Provider You Need

While we recommend evaluating multiple providers to find the best fit, we want to be on your list of potential vendors. Few companies can provide the specialized treatment we do because they're spread too thin across the nation. We're the local solution that answers all your ISP needs.

Contact us today and let us get to know your business, fiber, and voice requirements. Is Fiber Available In My Building?

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About the author:

Tom Collins (Twitter, LinkedIn) - is the Director of Enterprise Sales & Marketing for Atlantech Online. He has over 20 years of professional experience in the Internet Service Provider industry and is known for translating technology into positive results for business. A native of Washington, DC, a graduate from University of Maryland (degrees in Government & Politics and Secondary Education), Tom is also a five-time Ironman finisher.