Internet Providers in San Mateo, CA

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Residential Internet Statistics for San Mateo, CA
Internet Providers: 13
Internet Plans: 26
Fastest Speed Available: 2,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $53.63

Internet Access in San Mateo, California

The broadband availability information on this page is drawn from Form 477 data and cross-validated against privatized lit address databases. As of 2021, we've crunched 16,259 rows of governmental data about Internet availability within San Mateo. Average speed analysis is split between major providers and calculated from 106,197 IP-verified speed test recordings gathered over the past 12 months.

EarthLink as well as XFINITY from Comcast can also provide Internet service in San Mateo, often competing for the same customers.

Households in San Mateo usually have two or more available to choose from, although this number tends to rise and dip depending on the neighborhood. Initialize the mapping tool below to discover how competition changes around San Mateo.

Coverage from Viasat Internet and HughesNet, as a rule, will overlap. As you might predict, the decision between Viasat and HughesNet is a common one in San Mateo.

To summarize, Fiber and DSL are currently the most commonly available network types within the San Mateo area. The access to fiber in San Mateo is reflected in the local average speed of 133.54 Mbps. This is 74.17 percent ahead of the average speed for California. The map and user speed test data seen below show where the actual speed statistics differ between zip codes and providers in and around San Mateo.

  • There are 24 internet providers in San Mateo with 13 of those offering residential service
  • San Mateo is the 107th most connected city in California ahead of Belmont, but behind Burlingame, Millbrae, Redwood City, and San Carlos.
  • Explore internet access for communities within San Mateo: Foster City
  • The fastest zip code in San Mateo for April 2021 is 94403. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

600 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 San Mateo, California

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Sonic 2,000 Mbps Fiber 4s
EarthLink Fiber 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
Wave Broadband 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
Wave G 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
XFINITY from Comcast 1,200 Mbps Cable 6s
AT&T Fiber 940 Mbps Fiber 8s
AT&T Internet 100 Mbps IPBB 1m 21s
EarthLink 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s
Viasat Internet 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
Sonic 80 Mbps DSL 1m 42s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
Raw Bandwidth Communications 24 Mbps DSL 5m 41s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in San Mateo, California

  • AT&T Internet - IPBB - 98.9% Availability in San Mateo - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • EarthLink - DSL - 99.4% Availability in San Mateo - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Xfinity - Cable - 99.3% Availability in San Mateo - Speeds up to 1,200 Mbps
  • Wave - Cable - 66.1% Availability in San Mateo - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • AT&T Fiber - Fiber - 69.8% Availability in San Mateo - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • EarthLink - Fiber - 69.0% Availability in San Mateo - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Sonic - DSL - 11.1% Availability in San Mateo - Speeds up to 80 Mbps
  • Sonic - Fiber - 19.2% Availability in San Mateo - Speeds up to 2,000 Mbps
  • Raw Bandwidth Communications - DSL - 11.7% Availability in San Mateo - Speeds up to 24 Mbps
  • Wave G - Fiber - 8.4% Availability in San Mateo - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in San Mateo - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in San Mateo - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For San Mateo

San Mateo Internet Competition Map. Click for interactive map.
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San Mateo is the 107th most connected city in California ahead of Belmont, but behind Burlingame, Millbrae, Redwood City, and San Carlos.

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: 74% of people living in San Mateo 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 San Mateo 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.

As of this month, 94403 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in San Mateo.

Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.

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.

Working from Home in San Mateo

There are 3,702 workers based in San Mateo who operate primarily from home via telecommuting. 59.94 of those telecommuters take home less than $75K annually. San Mateo has strong Fiber coverage, so it's not a surprise that telecommuting would be popular. It's a good Broadband choice that easily supports cloud services, video conferencing, and other high-bandwidth work uses. Among the portion of San Mateo that census records identify as working from home, 59.94 Within the group of San Mateo that work from home, 59.94% make less than $75,000. If you're setting up a home network for working from home, be sure to check data caps. Many home Internet plans have data limits, which may be difficult if you consume a lot of data for work purposes. Business plans should be installed for customers who need more than a regular consumer-grade plan.

Data Caps in San Mateo

Many Internet companies have begun to add "data caps" onto their residential Internet plans lately. This trend is certainly true in the San Mateo market, with Internet companies like Xfinity advertising capped plans. This might not matter for the majority of Internet subscribers, but might be an issue for households who download a lot of high-def content. If you have concerns about staying under a limit for data use, start by checking for fiber plans at your address using the search bar on this page. Fiber is often pricier, but usually provide unlimited data and streaming because fiber infrastructure doesn't have limited bandwidth seen with cable and DSL connections.

Internet access in San Mateo neighborhoods

Coverage information in San Mateo can be found for the following communities: Foster City.

Summary Of Internet Providers In San Mateo

Provider Type Coverage Speed
AT&T Internet IPBB 98.9%+ 100 Mbps
EarthLink DSL 99.4%+ 100 Mbps
Etheric Networks Fixed Wireless 100% 150 Mbps
XFINITY from Comcast Cable 99.3%+ 1,200 Mbps
Wave Broadband Cable 66.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
AT&T Fiber Fiber 69.8%+ 940 Mbps
EarthLink Fiber Fiber 69.0%+ 1,000 Mbps
Sonic DSL 11.1%+ 80 Mbps
Sonic Fiber 19.2%+ 2,000 Mbps
Raw Bandwidth Communications DSL 11.7%+ 24 Mbps
Wave G Fiber 8.4%+ 1,000 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Etheric Networks Fixed Wireless 100% 150 Mbps
Comcast Business Cable 93.7%+ 987 Mbps
AT&T Fiber 58.6%+ 940 Mbps
MHO Networks Fixed Wireless 60.8%+ 1,000 Mbps
Wave Business Cable 44.5%+ 1,000 Mbps
Sonic Business DSL 8.8%+ 80 Mbps
GTT Communications Copper 11.9%+ 11 Mbps
Sonic Business Fiber 10.9%+ 2,000 Mbps
Sonic Business Copper 10.9%+ 2,000 Mbps
Verizon Business Fiber 0.7%+ 950 Mbps
Vast Networks Fiber 8.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Fiber 6.5%+ 1,000 Mbps
TPx Communications Copper 5.3%+ 1.5 Mbps
Wave Business Fiber 4.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
Raw Bandwidth Communications Copper 4.7%+ 100 Mbps
Crown Castle Fiber Fiber 1.9%+ 1,000 Mbps
California Telecom Copper 1.1%+ -- Mbps
Fusion Connect Copper 0.7%+ 20 Mbps
Utility Telecom Copper 0.5%+ 100 Mbps

Compare San Mateo to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
San Mateo 133.5 Mbps 13 $0.17 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +281.9 Mbps ) 16 ( +3 ) $0.21 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( -14.6 Mbps ) 17 ( +4 ) $0.16 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( -17.3 Mbps ) 15 ( +2 ) $0.19 ( + $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( -6.1 Mbps ) 23 ( +10 ) $0.18 ( + $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( -5.9 Mbps ) 8 ( -5 ) $0.18 ( + $0.00 )