Internet Providers in Atherton, CA

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Residential Internet Statistics for Atherton, CA
Internet Providers: 11
Internet Plans: 22
Fastest Speed Available: 10,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $57.39

Internet Access in Atherton, California

Government-sourced data is the backbone of the broadband availability data listed below. We've examined 1,686 rows of FCC databases about Internet access in the Atherton area. The speed averages are based on 921 real-world speed tests from IP-verified customers in Atherton.

Looking at network technologies being used around Atherton, the most frequently available hardwired Internet technology infrastructures are DSL and Fiber and Cable, with near one hundred percent and close to one hundred percent respectively. Cable internet connections are marketed by former cable TV companies, who use existing coaxial cable networks. Cable often makes sense for Atherton residents because of the strong mix of speed and value.

XFINITY from Comcast has the largest coverage area for Atherton residents. The provider is available to practically one hundred percent of Atherton addresses. Viasat Internet is also a common option, with coverage in practically one hundred percent of the area with Satellite service. The fastest plan we've found for Viasat in Atherton is 100 Mbps.

The average home in Atherton will find 6-7 providers at a given location.

While the main ISPs are Viasat and Xfinity, HughesNet is also in Atherton with a maximum speed of 25 Mbps. Fixed wireless plans from brands like Etheric Networks deliver 80 Mbps or more using wireless links. for local businesses, there are 12 providers offering enterprise service like T1 and MPLS. See the map on the page below to see how many options residents have at a granular level.

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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Atherton, California

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB Availability
Atherton Fiber 10,000 Mbps Fiber 0s 99.6%
PAXIO 10,000 Mbps Fiber 0s 5.8%
Race Communications 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s 17.7%
XFINITY from Comcast 1,200 Mbps Cable 6s 100.0%
AT&T Internet 940 Mbps IPBB and Fiber 8s 99.5%
EarthLink 1,000 Mbps DSL and Fiber 8s 99.6%
Viasat Internet 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s 100.0%
Sonic 40 Mbps DSL 3m 24s 6.7%
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s 100.0%

Internet Provider Competition Map For Atherton

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Atherton is the 180th most connected city in California ahead of Stanford, but behind Redwood City, San Carlos, Menlo Park, and Palo Alto.

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

Approximately 3,000 people in San Mateo 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: 75% of people living in Atherton 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 100% of Atherton 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.

In San Mateo County, approximately 4,000 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.

Broadband Coverage Surrounding Menlo College

Students living within 2 miles of Menlo College can expect to have a choice between 4-5 ISPs providers. As elsewhere in Atherton, Xfinity and Viasat are the most prevalent options. Speed test data suggests that internet download speeds in the Menlo College area exceeds 25 Mbps, with averages in the zip around (247.29 Mbps as of our latest data.) This speed should be enough for students in Atherton who need to stream HD video, share a router with housemates, and etc. That said, since these averages are based on public performance test data, they often trend lower than actual top speeds obtainable in an area. Use the zip search field above to see the latest information on internet options at a specific address.

Data Caps in Atherton

Internet companies have moved to add data "plans" to consumer broadband packages lately. The trend holds true in Atherton, with local ISPs such as Xfinity advertising capped plans. It's not a large issue for the majority of residents, but is liable to affect users who consume a lot of 4K content. For residents with data usage concerns, look for fiber plans in your area with the search bar above. Fiber plans are usually more expensive. However, they can offer non-capped data and streaming since fiber cable doesn't have limited bandwidth like cable and DSL.

Compare Atherton to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Atherton 247.3 Mbps 13 $0.29 ( + $0.00 )
New York 534.4 Mbps ( +287.1 Mbps ) 17 ( +4 ) $0.89 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 148.8 Mbps ( -98.5 Mbps ) 17 ( +4 ) $0.24 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 160.6 Mbps ( -86.7 Mbps ) 15 ( +2 ) $0.27 ( $0.00 )
Houston 169.5 Mbps ( -77.8 Mbps ) 23 ( +10 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 162.1 Mbps ( -85.2 Mbps ) 8 ( -5 ) $0.38 ( + $0.00 )