Washington Area Internet Service Providers

For most Internet users, geography still dictates their choice of Internet providers. Although dozens of firms compete in the Washington area -- the chart below is just a small sample of what's available -- you may be able to pick from only a handful of them, depending on where you live. Read More: On the Web Where You Live: Provider Selection Varies by Area.

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ADELPHIA
www.adelphia.com
888-683-1000
Frederick, Loudoun, Stafford Dial-up: None
Broadband: Cable: 256 kilobits per second each way, $24.95; 4 megabits per second /384 kbps, $42.95 ($54.95 without cable TV)
2 accounts with $24.95 plan, 7 with $42.95 plan; access via POP, Web-mail Filtering Yes Win 98 or newer, Mac OS 8.1 or newer 24 hrs./day; toll-free
AMERICA ONLINE
www.aol.com
800-827-6364
Nationwide Dial-up: $23.90 accelerated / unlimited, $14.95 / 10 hrs. (then $2.95/hr.) 7 accounts, accessible via proprietary software, IMAP, Web-mail Blacklists, filtering Yes Win 95 or newer, Mac OS 8.1 or newer, required 24 hrs./day; toll-free
AT&T WORLDNET
www.att.com
800-222-0300
Nationwide Dial-up: 21.95/unlimited ($7 less with AT&T local or long-distance phone service), $16.95/150 hrs.
DSL: 1.5 Mbps/128 kbps, $29.95; 3 Mbps/384 kbps, $39.95
6 accounts; access via POP, Web-mail Filtering Yes Win 95 or newer, Mac OS 8.1 or newer 24 hrs./day; toll-free
ATLANTECH ONLINE
www.atlantech.net
800-256-1612
Nationwide Dial-up: $19/unlimited, $5/5 hrs. (then $1.50/hr.)
DSL: 768 kbps/128 kbps, $49
1 account with dial-up, 5 with DSL; access via IMAP, POP, Web-mail Filtering No Win 98 or newer, Mac OS 8.5 or newer 8 a.m-6 p.m.; toll-free
CAVALIER TELEPHONE
www.cavtel.com
866-290-4200
Mid-Atlantic states Dial-up: $34.95/unlimited; includes local phone service
DSL: 4 Mbps/1 Mbps, $49.95; includes local phone service
3 accounts; access via POP, Web-mail Yes No Win 95 or newer 8 a.m.-midnight Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; toll-free
COMCAST
www.comcast.com
888-266-2278
Washington, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's, Alexandria, Arlington, Prince William Cable: 3 Mbps/256 kbps, $42.95 ($57.95 without cable TV) 7 accounts; access via POP, Web-mail Filtering Yes Win 98 or newer, Mac OS 9 or newer 24 hrs./day; toll-free
COVAD
www.covad.com
800-636-3500
Nationwide DSL: 1.5 Mbps/128 kbps, $39.95 15 accounts; access via POP, Web-mail Yes No Win 95 or newer 24 hrs./day; toll-free
COX HIGH-SPEED INTERNET
www.cox.com
Fairfax: 703-378-8422
Stafford: 540-373-6343
Fairfax (excluding Reston, parts of Alexandria), Stafford (southern portion, including Fredericksburg) Cable: 256 kbps each way, $24.95; 4 Mbps/512 kbps, $39.95 ($54.95 without cable TV)' 5 Mbps/768 kbps, $54.95 ($69.95 without cable TV) 7 accounts, access via POP, Web-mail Yes Yes Win 98 or newer, Mac OS 9 or newer 24 hrs./day; toll-free
DIRECWAY
www.direcway.com
866-438-3929
Continental United States and Puerto Rico; unobstructed view of southern sky required Satellite: 500 kbps/50 kbps, $59.99 5 accounts; access via POP, Web-mail Filtering No Win 98 SE or newer, Mac OS 9 or newer 24 hrs./day; toll-free
EARTHLINK
www.earthlink.net
800-327-8454
Nationwide Dial-up: $21.95 accelerated/unlimited
DSL: 1.5 Mbps/384 kbps, $39.95; 3 Mbps/384 kbps, $44.95
8 accounts; access via POP, Web-mail Blacklists, filtering, challenge-response Yes Win 98 or newer, Mac OS 7.6 or newer 24 hrs./ day; toll-free
GMP EXPRESS
www.gmpcommunications.net
800-427-0705
Calvert (Chesapeake Beach, North Beach), St. Mary's Cable: 1.5 Mbps/256 kbps, $39.95 ($49.95 without cable TV service) 3 accounts; access via POP, Web-mail Yes No Win 98 or newer 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
JUNO/NETZERO
www.juno.com
www.netzero.com
Juno: 800-879-5866
NetZero: 800-333-3633
Nationwide Dial-up: $14.95 accelerated/unlimited, $9.95/unlimited, free/10 hrs. (subsidized by onscreen ads) Unlimited accounts; access via POP, Web-mail Filtering No Win 95 or newer, Mac OS 8.6-9, Linux, required 24 hrs./day
MILLENNIUM DIGITAL MEDIA
www.mdm.net/md/
410-987-9300
Anne Arundel (northern portion) Cable: 256 kbps/128 kbps, $24.95; 3 Mbps/256 kbps, $44.95 ($54.95 without cable TV) 1 with $24.95 plan, 5 with $44.95 plan; access via IMAP, POP, Web-mail Blacklists, filtering No None 7 a.m.-midnight, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., Sun.
MSN
join.msn.com
800-494-2962
Nationwide Dial-up: $21.95 accelerated/unlimited 11 accounts; access via proprietary software, Web-mail Filtering Yes Win 98 or newer 24 hrs./day; toll-free
SBC YAHOO
sbc.yahoo.com
866-722-9246
Nationwide Dial-up: $21.95/unlimited 11 accounts; access via POP, Web-mail Filtering Yes Win 95 or newer, Mac OS 8.6 or newer 24 hrs./day; toll-free
SPEAKEASY
www.speakeasy.net
800-556-5829
Nationwide Dial-up: $19.95/150 hrs.
DSL: 768 kbps/128 kbps, $39.95; 1.5 Mbps/384 kbps, $49.95
1 account with $39.95 plan, 4 with $49.95 plan; access via IMAP, POP, Web Yes No None 24 hrs./day; toll-free
RCN/STARPOWER
www.rcn.com
800-746-4726
Cable in Washington, Montgomery County, Falls Church; dial-up, nationwide Dial-up: $19.95 accelerated/unlimited
Cable: 7 Mbps/800 kbps, $39.95 ($49.95 without cable TV)
4 accounts; access via POP, Web-mail Blacklists, filtering Yes Win 95 or newer, Mac OS 8.6 or newer 24 hrs./day; toll-free
TOADNET
www.toad.net
877-438-8623
Nationwide Dial-up: $21.95/unlimited, acceleration adds $29.95/year
DSL: 1.5 Mbps/84 kbps, $54.95
7 accounts; access via IMAP, POP, Web-mail Filtering No Win 95 or newer 24 hrs./day; toll-free
VERIZON ONLINE
www.verizon.net
800-742-5375
Nationwide Dial-up: $19.95/150 hours, $22.95/unlimited
DSL: 1.5 Mbps/128 kbps, $29.95 ($37.95 without Verizon local and long-distance service)
1 account with $19.95 dial-up, 4 with $22.95 dial-up, 9 with DSL; access via POP, Web-mail Blacklists, filtering Yes Win 98 or newer, Mac OS X 10.1 or newer 24 hrs./ day; toll-free
NOTES: This is a sampling of Internet service providers in the Washington Area, not a complete directory of them. Service areas cited are only approximate: DSL availability, in particular, can vary widely within any given area. We list only price plans under $55 a month (or $60, in the case of satellite service). Dial-up rates are month to month, while most broadband plans require a yearly commitment. Speeds listed for broadband plans are for downloads, then uploads. WE don't list any installation, setup or hardware-purchase costs. "Accelerated" means Web-acceleration software is included in a dial-up package. Among anti-spam measure, "blacklists" means the provider refuses to accept any e-mail from suspected sources of spam: this may result in some legitimate messages being rejected. "Filtering" simply means automated screening of the content of incoming e-mail, such as its subject lines. "Challenge-response" screening requires unknown senders to authenticate themselves by passing a simple test online.

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