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Internet Providers in Grass Valley, California
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Internet Access in Grass Valley, California
Data below is based on the FCC's bi-annual provider territory filings. We leverage direct provider reports and other private datasets to validate the data, down to the census block level. Plan and pricing data is hand-gathered by our data science team. We have collected and verified 536 bundled Internet plans in and near Grass Valley. Real-world speed test averages shown here for Grass Valley is limited to the 3,340 speed tests shown in the tools below.
There's a strong level of competition between companies within the Grass Valley area, but 12,000 residents don't have service from more than one provider. If these subscribers aren't satisfied with the quality of service, they have to use a lower-grade wireless backup. However, this isn't the norm in Grass Valley. The average household has 5 options for Internet service.
Coverage from the two biggest companies, Viasat Internet and HughesNet, as a rule, will overlap. As you might expect, the choice between Viasat and HughesNet is common in Grass Valley.
AT&T Internet and Xfinity can also provide coverage in Grass Valley, with AT&T Internet performing marginaly better according to speed test analysis.
So, looking at the big picture, Grass Valley's broadband Internet infrastructure follows a similar pattern to other US cities and towns: wide coverage of bundled cable and DSL service, except that most houses are stuck with only one company for subscribing to either service.  This pattern results from the fact that most Internet providers used to be television and landline telephone companies. So, they use conveniently pre-built wired infrastructures to deliver their broadband services.
Internet Statistics 2021
27.1% of consumers in Grass Valley12,000 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 Grass Valley, California
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|Race Communications||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s||6.4%|
|Suddenlink Communications||940 Mbps||Cable||8s||24.4%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|AT&T Internet||100 Mbps||IPBB and Fixed Wireless||1m 21s||81.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|T-Mobile Home Internet||100 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||1m 21s||29.1%|
|EarthLink||18 Mbps||DSL||7m 35s||43.7%|
|Softcom Internet Communications||6 Mbps||DSL||22m 45s||1.9%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
Internet Provider Competition Map For Grass Valley
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.
Data Cap Issues Around Grass Valley
Data collected by our market research team suggests that top providers in the area place some sort of limit on streaming for their home broadband packages. Data caps are controversial since consumers see them as a tactic for limiting "cord cutting". Providers explain data caps are a reasonable strategy for managing network congestion. Either way, the culprit is the same: video streaming, which can use one to seven Gigabytes/hr.
Compare Grass Valley to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Grass Valley||18 Mbps||15||$0.34 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||545.6 Mbps ( +527.6 Mbps )||19 ( +4 )||$0.33 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||161.3 Mbps ( +143.3 Mbps )||18 ( +3 )||$0.29 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||180.9 Mbps ( +162.9 Mbps )||17 ( +2 )||$0.26 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||186.6 Mbps ( +168.6 Mbps )||24 ( +9 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||179.1 Mbps ( +161.1 Mbps )||9 ( -6 )||$0.39 ( + $0.00 )|
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Grass Valley
Works for me
Have had for about a year with only occasional outages (2-3). Most are resolved by unplugging and plugging back in. Because it is a line of site technology can have some difficulty in stormy, snowy or smokey conditions. Customer service has been good overall...friendly and helpful. Speed is as advertised. Overall satisfied.
Sonic has your back
Sonic is an awesome provider that treats customers right. Their support is top-notch, they believe in privacy and consumer rights. Unfortunately they don't offer their fiber in my location, so I have purchased DSL through Sonic. As such, the line is owned by AT&T and subject to their quality standards. I occasionally have issues with it, but Sonic does everything they can to get the issues resolved. If Sonic had their fiber offerings in my area, I'd go with them in a heartbeat.