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Broadband Internet in California

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Internet Access in California

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Coverage by County

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94.1%
94.1% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
70.0%
70.0% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

43.8

13th

Broadband Speeds

95.9%

of Californians have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

27.6%

of Californians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

97.8%

of Californians have access to wireline service.

33.9%

of Californians have access to fiber-optic service.

94.8%

of Californians have access to cable service.

93.4%

of Californians have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in California

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Alameda 99.0%
Alpine 20.8%
Amador 91.4%
Butte 90.9%
Calaveras 81.5%
Colusa 33.8%
Contra Costa 99.4%
Del Norte 94.4%
El Dorado 83.4%
Fresno 92.4%
Glenn 80.5%
Humboldt 84.4%
Imperial 89.9%
Inyo 87.7%
Kern 94.8%
Kings 84.0%
Lake 86.5%
Lassen 44.9%
Los Angeles 99.7%
Madera 86.9%
Marin 96.1%
Mariposa 65.3%
Mendocino 76.3%
Merced 89.8%
Modoc 4.8%
Mono 91.7%
Monterey 93.7%
Napa 94.9%
Nevada 81.1%
Orange 99.2%
Placer 93.3%
Plumas 24.5%
Riverside 97.3%
Sacramento 97.9%
San Benito 91.7%
San Bernardino 97.0%
San Diego 96.7%
San Francisco 99.8%
San Joaquin 95.1%
San Luis Obispo 86.3%
San Mateo 99.5%
Santa Barbara 93.3%
Santa Clara 97.7%
Santa Cruz 95.1%
Shasta 79.3%
Sierra 13.0%
Siskiyou 62.9%
Solano 96.7%
Sonoma 97.7%
Stanislaus 96.3%
Sutter 94.7%
Tehama 55.8%
Trinity 26.2%
Tulare 88.1%
Tuolumne 74.6%
Ventura 98.6%
Yolo 94.8%
Yuba 85.3%

Internet Speed in Top California Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Los Angeles 89.3 MBPS 47 Providers
2. San Diego 99.7 MBPS 35 Providers
3. San Jose 71.6 MBPS 42 Providers
4. San Francisco 100.0 MBPS 40 Providers
5. Sacramento 78.6 MBPS 32 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in California

Provider Avg. Download Speed
XFINITY from Comcast 116.5 MBPS
Charter Spectrum 103.8 MBPS
AT&T Internet 81.8 MBPS
Etheric Networks 15.1 MBPS
Frontier Communications 11.2 MBPS

The State of Broadband in California, 2020

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 9/1/2020.

California is the 13th most well-connected state in the U.S. overall. In general, southern California has more robust infrastructure than the northern part of the state. The statewide average download speed is currently 92.6 Mbps.

The Digital Divide in California

When quantifying the digital divide, we believe it is important to take both access and affordability into account. To that end, there are 1.3 million people in California without access to a wired connection capable of 25 Mbps download speeds. Another 1.5 million have access to only one wired provider, leaving them no options to switch. Finally, 889,000 residents don't have any wired internet providers available where they live at all.

Our latest affordability data shows that 70% (about 28 million) of California residents have access to a standalone broadband internet plan under $60 per month as of Q4, 2019. This is significantly higher than the 51.5% of consumers that have access to the same at the national level.

Best-Connected Cities

Manhattan Beach is currently the most well-connected town in the state. 100% of residents in the area have access to multiple broadband-level internet options, including at least one fiber option. Fullerton is the most connected larger city, enjoying the same widespread coverage and choice in technology. Other major cities in California like Los Angeles and San Francisco are similar.

Worst-Connected Cities

In contrast, some of the worst-connected cities and towns in California include Irvine, Elk Grove, San Jose, Amboy, Santa Barbara, and Roseville. See how California stacks up against the rest of the nation here.

Governmental Initiatives

Lawmakers in the state established the California Broadband Council (CBC) in 2010 in an effort to create an easier way for state agencies to work together across disciplines to improve broadband access to residents. One of the most active members of the council is the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), a quasi-governmental nonprofit founded in 2005. The fund received an initial $60 million, which went toward grants aimed at improving digital literacy, educating local leaders, and supporting technology adoption in communities across the state.

The information above is taken from a mix of public and private datasets. More about our data here.

Sources: Data collected via the FCC, NTIA, and other sources. For a full list of data sources please visit our data page.

California Cities

Average speed over time
Alameda 98.6% 22 providers
Alhambra 99.9% 23 providers
Anaheim 100.0% 26 providers
Antioch 99.5% 16 providers
Apple Valley 90.8% 11 providers
Arcadia 100.0% 23 providers
Azusa 99.6% 15 providers
Bakersfield 98.5% 21 providers
Baldwin Park 100.0% 17 providers
Bell Gardens 100.0% 19 providers
Bellflower 100.0% 19 providers
Berkeley 98.9% 24 providers
Brentwood 99.2% 13 providers
Buena Park 100.0% 23 providers
Burbank 100.0% 28 providers
Camarillo 98.3% 18 providers
Canoga Park 99.8% 24 providers
Canyon Country 99.9% 14 providers
Carlsbad 100.0% 27 providers
Carmichael 100.0% 18 providers
Carson 99.9% 22 providers
Castro Valley 98.7% 18 providers
Cathedral City 100.0% 13 providers
Chico 95.6% 16 providers
Chino 97.5% 22 providers
Chino Hills 100.0% 20 providers
Chula Vista 98.4% 25 providers
Citrus Heights 97.6% 18 providers
Clovis 97.9% 18 providers
Colton 99.9% 19 providers
Compton 100.0% 21 providers
Concord 99.8% 20 providers
Corona 100.0% 23 providers
Costa Mesa 100.0% 23 providers
Covina 99.9% 20 providers
Cupertino 98.8% 20 providers
Daly City 99.8% 21 providers
Danville 99.9% 18 providers
Davis 97.7% 19 providers
Delano 89.2% 16 providers
Downey 100.0% 21 providers
El Cajon 97.9% 17 providers
El Monte 100.0% 20 providers
Elk Grove 96.5% 20 providers
Escondido 95.7% 23 providers
Fairfield 98.6% 19 providers
Folsom 99.8% 22 providers
Fontana 100.0% 23 providers
Fountain Valley 100.0% 20 providers
Fremont 98.4% 22 providers
Fresno 97.2% 22 providers
Fullerton 100.0% 24 providers
Garden Grove 100.0% 24 providers
Gardena 100.0% 26 providers
Gilroy 87.7% 20 providers
Glendale 99.8% 32 providers
Glendora 100.0% 17 providers
Goleta 85.6% 16 providers
Granada Hills 100.0% 13 providers
Hacienda Heights 100.0% 16 providers
Hanford 93.3% 14 providers
Hawthorne 100.0% 18 providers
Hayward 98.9% 23 providers
Hemet 97.8% 17 providers
Hesperia 93.8% 14 providers
Highland 99.6% 17 providers
Huntington Beach 100.0% 22 providers
Huntington Park 100.0% 18 providers
Indio 99.8% 16 providers
Inglewood 100.0% 22 providers
Irvine 96.4% 36 providers
La Habra 100.0% 19 providers
La Mesa 99.7% 19 providers
La Puente 100.0% 16 providers
Laguna Niguel 99.6% 16 providers
Lake Elsinore 99.6% 16 providers
Lake Forest 95.9% 17 providers
Lakewood 100.0% 22 providers
Lancaster 95.9% 19 providers
Livermore 98.4% 18 providers
Lodi 95.5% 20 providers
Lompoc 85.6% 11 providers
Long Beach 99.9% 24 providers
Los Angeles 100.0% 47 providers
Lynwood 100.0% 17 providers
Madera 91.9% 15 providers
Manteca 96.6% 20 providers
Merced 96.6% 18 providers
Milpitas 99.5% 25 providers
Mission Viejo 98.9% 19 providers
Modesto 98.4% 24 providers
Montebello 99.5% 23 providers
Monterey Park 100.0% 22 providers
Moreno Valley 99.6% 23 providers
Mountain View 98.4% 22 providers
Murrieta 98.8% 17 providers
Napa 97.0% 18 providers
National City 90.1% 18 providers
Newport Beach 99.8% 23 providers
North Hills 100.0% 21 providers
North Hollywood 100.0% 26 providers
Northridge 100.0% 24 providers
Norwalk 100.0% 18 providers
Novato 99.8% 20 providers
Oakland 99.5% 27 providers
Oceanside 97.0% 21 providers
Ontario 100.0% 23 providers
Orange 100.0% 26 providers
Oroville 82.7% 13 providers
Oxnard 99.3% 17 providers
Pacoima 100.0% 20 providers
Palm Desert 100.0% 18 providers
Palmdale 99.3% 18 providers
Palo Alto 99.8% 22 providers
Panorama City 100.0% 21 providers
Paramount 99.7% 20 providers
Pasadena 100.0% 27 providers
Perris 96.1% 21 providers
Petaluma 96.9% 20 providers
Pico Rivera 100.0% 18 providers
Pittsburg 99.6% 13 providers
Placentia 100.0% 16 providers
Pleasanton 99.2% 17 providers
Pomona 98.6% 20 providers
Porterville 92.5% 14 providers
Rancho Cordova 99.8% 21 providers
Rancho Cucamonga 99.9% 21 providers
Redding 93.3% 22 providers
Redlands 99.1% 19 providers
Redondo Beach 100.0% 21 providers
Redwood City 99.1% 27 providers
Reseda 100.0% 22 providers
Rialto 100.0% 20 providers
Richmond 99.8% 19 providers
Riverside 100.0% 23 providers
Rocklin 99.4% 22 providers
Rosemead 100.0% 17 providers
Roseville 97.8% 24 providers
Sacramento 99.2% 32 providers
Salinas 98.3% 22 providers
San Bernardino 99.8% 22 providers
San Clemente 99.2% 16 providers
San Diego 98.7% 35 providers
San Francisco 99.8% 40 providers
San Gabriel 100.0% 19 providers
San Jose 98.9% 42 providers
San Leandro 99.4% 18 providers
San Luis Obispo 78.4% 18 providers
San Marcos 98.3% 23 providers
San Mateo 99.8% 23 providers
San Pablo 99.0% 16 providers
San Pedro 98.6% 21 providers
San Rafael 99.6% 16 providers
San Ramon 99.3% 19 providers
Santa Ana 100.0% 24 providers
Santa Barbara 97.5% 18 providers
Santa Clara 98.3% 31 providers
Santa Clarita 98.3% 14 providers
Santa Cruz 92.3% 19 providers
Santa Maria 98.3% 17 providers
Santa Monica 100.0% 28 providers
Santa Rosa 99.4% 22 providers
Santee 95.5% 16 providers
Sherman Oaks 100.0% 27 providers
Simi Valley 99.9% 18 providers
South Gate 100.0% 21 providers
South San Francisco 99.8% 23 providers
Spring Valley 97.5% 17 providers
Stockton 98.4% 30 providers
Sun City 98.6% 17 providers
Sunnyvale 95.4% 26 providers
Sylmar 99.9% 20 providers
Temecula 93.9% 20 providers
Thousand Oaks 100.0% 20 providers
Torrance 100.0% 28 providers
Tracy 92.8% 18 providers
Tulare 91.6% 11 providers
Turlock 95.3% 21 providers
Tustin 98.7% 25 providers
Union City 99.7% 20 providers
Upland 100.0% 21 providers
Vacaville 92.9% 17 providers
Valencia 99.9% 19 providers
Vallejo 99.0% 18 providers
Van Nuys 100.0% 31 providers
Ventura 99.8% 21 providers
Victorville 99.0% 15 providers
Visalia 96.2% 21 providers
Vista 98.3% 21 providers
Walnut Creek 99.9% 20 providers
Watsonville 97.9% 22 providers
West Covina 99.4% 17 providers
Westminster 99.8% 19 providers
Whittier 100.0% 21 providers
Wilmington 99.9% 20 providers
Woodland 95.1% 16 providers
Woodland Hills 99.9% 25 providers
Yorba Linda 100.0% 20 providers
Yuba City 98.8% 14 providers
Yucaipa 98.7% 15 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.