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Internet Providers in Portola Valley, California
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Internet Access in Portola Valley, California
Portola Valley offers 9 residential Internet providers, or 18 total providers including business and mobile operators. Consumers have access to 7 broadband choices such as cable or DSL.
The plans shown on this page are collected manually by our data analysis team.
DSL and cable are the two dominant broadband types in Portola Valley, fighting for customers at many addresses and competing with each other. Performance from cable is overall stronger. That said, the overall speeds we've recorded with either system are similar. Portola Valley speed test results suggest that Internet performance in the area is above-average. Portola Valley is currently 84.34 percent higher than the California average so far as average download speeds.
Households in Portola Valley usually have more than one Internet providers at a given address. That said, this number tends to rise and dip from neighborhood to neighborhood. The map provided below illustrates how broadband market competition changes in different parts of Portola Valley.
Viasat Internet is the most common on the whole, registered with coverage in near one hundred percent of Portola Valley residents. HughesNet has availability for near one hundred percent of residents. The top download speed advertised for Viasat reaches 100 Mbps. HughesNet advertised as high as 25 Mbps. In general, anything over 10 Mbps is sufficient to stream standard definition video on WiFi, but is likely to become problematic when multiple users try to access modern services like video chat and etc. You can explore our availability maps below to see Internet options down to the census block level in Portola Valley.
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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Portola Valley, California
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|AT&T Internet||940 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber||8s||96.3%|
|EarthLink||1,000 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||99.7%|
|Wave Broadband||940 Mbps||Cable||8s||1.3%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|T-Mobile Home Internet||100 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||1m 21s||35.8%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
Internet Provider Competition Map For Portola 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 Caps in Portola Valley
Many Internet providers have moved to add "data caps" to consumer broadband plans lately. This trend is certainly true for the Portola Valley market, with Internet choices like Xfinity selling plans with data caps. This doesn't matter for most residents, but may affect those who share the WiFi or "power users" who download a lot of high-def content. Caps for cable plans are usually around 1 Terabyte, which is a problem for fewer than one percent of customers, according to a report from Comcast. Potential Xfinity customers in Portola Valley are advised to double check data caps when signing up. Do not assume them based soley on online statements.
Compare Portola Valley to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Portola Valley||186.8 Mbps||11||$0.27 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||545.6 Mbps ( +358.8 Mbps )||19 ( +8 )||$0.33 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||161.3 Mbps ( -25.5 Mbps )||18 ( +7 )||$0.26 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||180.9 Mbps ( -5.9 Mbps )||17 ( +6 )||$0.24 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||186.6 Mbps ( -0.2 Mbps )||24 ( +13 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||179.1 Mbps ( -7.7 Mbps )||9 ( -2 )||$0.39 ( + $0.00 )|