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Internet Providers in Atherton, California
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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. There is limited speed test information on Atherton. Data is limited to 132 records in the last 12 months. Locals should take note of the advertised speeds shown above.
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 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 7-8 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 10 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%|
|Race Communications||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s||17.7%|
|AT&T Internet||1,000 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber||8s||98.8%|
|EarthLink||1,000 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||99.6%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|T-Mobile Home Internet||115 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||1m 11s||70.8%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|Ultra Home Internet||100 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||1m 21s||70.8%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
Internet Provider Competition Map For Atherton
The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.
This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.
Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.
This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.
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 (124.1 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||124.1 Mbps||14||$0.30 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||545.6 Mbps ( +421.5 Mbps )||21 ( +7 )||$0.31 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||161.3 Mbps ( +37.2 Mbps )||20 ( +6 )||$0.32 ( + $0.00 )|
|Chicago||180.9 Mbps ( +56.8 Mbps )||19 ( +5 )||$0.25 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||186.6 Mbps ( +62.5 Mbps )||26 ( +12 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||179.1 Mbps ( +55 Mbps )||10 ( -4 )||$0.36 ( + $0.00 )|