Internet Providers in Alameda, CA

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Residential Internet Statistics for Alameda, CA
Internet Providers: 9
Internet Plans: 16
Fastest Speed Available: 10,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $58.11

Internet Access in Alameda, California

Broadband competition in Alameda is above average compared to other parts of California. There is an average of 6.36 providers serviceable in each census block. Alameda ranks 121st on the "most connected city" charts. (Measured by number of providers with coverage at each address) As it stands, only 1.84 percent of Alameda residents have one or fewer choices for Internet.

Keep in mind, since FCC data is only collected twice annually and only made public six months after that, data shown here may have minor inaccuracies.

Cable and DSL providers like AT&T Internet make up the main network systems with availability in Alameda.

XFINITY from Comcast is also a common Internet option in Alameda. They offer primarily Cable service available to 98 percent of the area. Etheric Networks is another alternative wireless service for close to one hundred percent of the local area. Keep in mind that fixed wireless has to have roof access or proximity to a Etheric Networks access point.

Viasat Internet is the most widespread Internet option overall, registered with coverage in practically one hundred percent of the area. HughesNet is available for about virtually one hundred percent of the population. The top speed recorded for Viasat is up to 100 Mbps, while HughesNet offers packages as high as 25 Mbps. In general, any speed above 10 megabits per second (Mbps) will be enough for streaming SD videos on WiFi, but becomes an issue for large households or high-bandwidth services like Skype, cloud apps, and etc. See the coverage maps below to see Internet options at the census block level.

  • There are 21 internet providers in Alameda with 9 of those offering residential service
  • Alameda is the 121st most connected city in California ahead of Berkeley and San Lorenzo, but behind Oakland, Emeryville, and San Leandro.
  • The fastest zip code in Alameda for July 2021 is 94501. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

1,000 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.

This data is calculated from FCC datasets which providers are legally required to supply twice a year. We further validate this data for accuracy.

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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Alameda, California

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB Availability
Unwired Ltd 10,000 Mbps Fiber 0s 1.4%
XFINITY from Comcast 1,200 Mbps Cable 6s 98.4%
AT&T Internet 940 Mbps IPBB and Fiber 8s 97.7%
EarthLink 1,000 Mbps DSL and Fiber 8s 96.5%
Viasat Internet 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s 100.0%
Sonic 80 Mbps DSL 1m 42s 38.6%
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s 100.0%

Internet Provider Competition Map For Alameda

Alameda Internet Competition Map. Click for interactive map.
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Alameda is the 121st most connected city in California ahead of Berkeley and San Lorenzo, but behind Oakland, Emeryville, and San Leandro.

The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.

Approximately 16,000 people in Alameda County don't have access to any wired internet.

This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.

Fiber Availability: 73% of people living in Alameda have residential fiber service available to them.

Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.

Approximately 98% of Alameda residents are serviced by multiple wired providers.

This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.

As of this month, 94501 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Alameda.

Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.

In Alameda County, approximately 16,000 people do not have access to 25 Mbps wired broadband.

25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.

Internet Service Availability Surrounding Argosy University-San Francisco Bay Area

Students residing within 2 miles of Argosy University-San Francisco Bay Area can expect to have a selection of 3 ISPs providers. As elsewhere in Alameda, Viasat and HughesNet are the most common options. Speed test data suggests that internet download speeds in the Argosy University-San Francisco Bay Area area exceeds 25 Mbps, with averages in the zip around (140.17 Mbps as of our latest data.) This speed should be adequate for students in Alameda who want to watch high-definition video, share a connection with housemates, and etc. Since these averages are based on openly available performance test data, they often trend lower than actual top speeds obtainable in an area. Use the zip search box on this page to see the latest information on internet options at a specific address.

Working from Home in Alameda

Alameda currently has a population of 2,724 workers who work out of their home via telecommuting. Of the portion of Alameda telecommuting, 57.16 percent earn less than $75,000 per year. Alameda features strong Fiber infrastructure, so it's to be expected that working from home might be popular in the area. Fiber is a desireable Broadband choice that easily supports cloud services and many other intensive work-related use cases. Among the portion of Alameda that census records identify as working from home, 57.16 Within the group of Alameda that work from home, 57.16 percent earn less than $75,000 per year. If you're putting together a home network for telecommuting, it's important to verify any data limits. Some residential Broadband packages have data limits, which can be difficult if you consume a lot of data for work purposes. Business-class plans should be installed for those who need more than a regular consumer-grade deal.

Data Caps in Alameda

Many Internet providers have been moving to increase the use of data "plans" to residential Internet plans in recent years. The trend holds true for Alameda, with local ISPs like Xfinity featuring capped plans. This won't really matter for the majority of Internet users, but can be an issue for users that share their plan or "power users" who download or upload a lot of high-def video. If you have concerns about living within a limit for data use, look for fiber in the area with the search bar on this page. Fiber packages are frequently higher priced, but can provide unlimited data use since fiber infrastructure doesn't share limited bandwidth seen with cable and DSL.

Compare Alameda to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Alameda 150.8 Mbps 11 $0.32 ( + $0.00 )
New York 534.4 Mbps ( +383.6 Mbps ) 17 ( +6 ) $0.89 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 148.8 Mbps ( -2 Mbps ) 17 ( +6 ) $0.24 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 160.6 Mbps ( +9.8 Mbps ) 15 ( +4 ) $0.27 ( $0.00 )
Houston 169.5 Mbps ( +18.7 Mbps ) 23 ( +12 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 162.1 Mbps ( +11.3 Mbps ) 8 ( -3 ) $0.38 ( + $0.00 )