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Internet Providers in Sacramento, California
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Internet Access in Sacramento, California
The average household in the Sacramento area can get service from 4-5 Internet Service Providers, or "ISPs." This is a lot of choice compared to other cities. Competition is correlated with better regional pricing.
Taking a look now at network technology in use across Sacramento, the most frequently available wired Internet tech options are IPBB and Fiber and Fixed Wireless and Cable, with 87.34% and 98.43% respectively. Cable is sold by traditional residential television operators, leveraging existing coaxial cable TV networks. Local customers of cable service providers like XFINITY from Comcast generally select cable because of the reasonably low pricing for workable speeds. (At least, compared to DSL.)
The broadband coverage data on this page comes from FCC filings, and is enhanced with privatized data sources to provide more accurate results than is available from government websites. Lit address data is currently only available for select Internet providers. Data about speed and pricing of individual Internet plans is sourced by our research division, who collect tens of thousands of data points annually.
XFINITY from Comcast is an alternative to the primary providers (Viasat and HughesNet). They offer 98 percent coverage and a maximum speed of 987 Mbps. Wired broadband isn't actually the only choice for Internet access in Sacramento. fixed wireless companies such as T-Mobile Home Internet can deliver 0 Mbps via direct wireless technology. Outside of residential Internet, there are 18 companies in city limits offering specialized enterprise and business services like T1 or custom fiber loops. BroadbandNow includes every local provider with explicit business plans on their website, although some sell both home and business Internet.
Viasat Internet and HughesNet are the strongest providers in Sacramento in terms of coverage. The more common providers frequently cover the same addresses in different neighborhoods around Sacramento.
- There are 31 internet providers in Sacramento with 17 of those offering residential service
- Sacramento is the 238th most connected city in California ahead of Mather, Carmichael, North Highlands, and Rio Linda, but behind West Sacramento.
- The fastest zip code in Sacramento for July 2021 is 95826. (see all below).
Internet Statistics 2021
2.2% of consumers in Sacramento16,000 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 Sacramento, California
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|Wave Broadband||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s||0.6%|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,200 Mbps||Cable||6s||98.4%|
|AT&T Internet||940 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber and Fixed Wireless||8s||87.3%|
|EarthLink||1,000 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||81.8%|
|Consolidated Smart Broadband Systems||500 Mbps||Cable||16s||0.1%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|Consolidated Communications (Formerly Fairpoint Communications)||1,000 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||27.2%|
|Sonic||80 Mbps||DSL||1m 42s||3.4%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|Frontier Communications||Call For Speed Availability||DSL||4m 33s||10.9%|
|Softcom Internet Communications||6 Mbps||DSL||22m 45s||10.6%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
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.
Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.
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 Access for Education in Sacramento
California State University-Sacramento and The Art Institute Of California-Argosy University Sacramento are the biggest universities in Sacramento. For the 30,342 combined students living in the area, fast internet access is a must for obtaining online course materials and viewing research. Both universities have 2-3 ISPs at the average address within two miles of either campus. California State University-Sacramento students that live close to campus can expect to get download speeds of around 76.35 Mbps, according to speed test data in the California State University-Sacramento zip code. Speeds around The Art Institute Of California-Argosy University Sacramento average out to 94.71 Mbps over 8,523 tests run in the past year.
FCC and US Government reports often cite the need to improve internet service availability for college and high school attendees.
Data Caps and Video Streaming Around Sacramento
Data collected by our research team shows that common ISPs in Sacramento currently use data caps for their home Internet plans. Data caps are controversial since users view them as a tactic for limiting streaming services, while providers explain that caps are a reasonable strategy for managing network congestion. Either way, the issue is streaming video, which can use 1–7GB per hour.
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Sacramento
Been pretty reliable.
Good company, slow speeds.
Now I am just a renter and this internet is provided by the landlord, the landlord also has his own custom router installed so this could be attributed to the problem with the slow speeds. I have dealt with 3 blackouts in the last year that would range from 2 days (which was at the start of COVID) to about 30 minutes. Their Customer Service is fantastic, well-informed people who are kind and patient. I do not know my speeds because of my landlord but I have about a 10ms ping slower than my mates to the same servers when we live a block away from each other. I get a usable 2-16mbps down depending on the time of day, and a consistent 20mbps up. Great for upstreaming video when I am hosting video tutoring sessions and uploading recordings online, not so great if I need to download files.