Internet Providers in Santa Clara, CA
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Residential Internet Statistics for Santa Clara, CA
|Fastest Speed Available:||1,200 Mbps|
|Average Plan Price:||$56.39|
Most Popular Residential Internet Providers in Santa Clara, California
Internet Access in Santa Clara, California
Information here is calculated from biannual FCC coverage reports. Our data also includes direct reporting from providers to validate that information on a census block or lit address level. Pricing and plan data is gathered manually through our market research division. To date, we've analyzed 517 broadband plans in Santa Clara. The speed information laid out below gives a rough idea of performance variations between the most common providers Santa Clara residents have access to. The 207,084 speed test records gathered give an approximation of Internet speed in Santa Clara. But keep in mind speed tests in general tend to be low, since some users don't buy the fastest plan available at their home.
XFINITY from Comcast is also a commonly available broadband choice in Santa Clara. They offer Cable connections in 98 percent of the area. Etheric Networks offers an alternative wireless service for virtually one hundred percent of local residents, although it requires roof access or line of site with a Etheric Networks tower or access point.
When considering the network technology types within Santa Clara, you essentially see two choices: cable (providers like XFINITY from Comcast) and DSL (think AT&T Internet).
broadband market choice is decent for Santa Clara, and the average Santa Clara household is served by 5 Internet providers. (5.83 per census block.)
Viasat Internet and HughesNet are the strongest providers in Santa Clara as measured by coverage. As the map below demonstrates, these providers frequently overlap in different blocks around Santa Clara.
Internet Statistics 2021
2.3% of consumers in Santa Clara2,000 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 Santa Clara, California
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB|
|EarthLink Fiber||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,200 Mbps||Cable||6s|
|AT&T Fiber||940 Mbps||Fiber||8s|
|Carolina Mountain Cablevision||200 Mbps||Cable||40s|
|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|
|Raw Bandwidth Communications||40 Mbps||DSL||3m 24s|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s|
Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Santa Clara, California
- AT&T Internet - IPBB - 97.5% Availability in Santa Clara - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
- EarthLink - DSL - 96.5% Availability in Santa Clara - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
- Xfinity - Cable - 98.3% Availability in Santa Clara - Speeds up to 1,200 Mbps
- AT&T Fiber - Fiber - 15.8% Availability in Santa Clara - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
- Sonic - DSL - 14.8% Availability in Santa Clara - Speeds up to 80 Mbps
- Raw Bandwidth Communications - DSL - 13.5% Availability in Santa Clara - Speeds up to 40 Mbps
- EarthLink - Fiber - 9.0% Availability in Santa Clara - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
- PAXIO - Fiber - 0.9% Availability in Santa Clara - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
- Carolina Mountain Cablevision - Cable - 0.7% Availability in Santa Clara - Speeds up to 200 Mbps
- Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Santa Clara - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
- HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Santa Clara - Speeds up to 25 Mbps
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 for Education in Santa Clara
Economic development studies often find a large correlation between internet service access and improved education. Internet access is essentially required as universities including Santa Clara University migrate to online platforms to distribute coursework. Looking at 64 speed tests reported over the past year at addresses within 2 miles of Santa Clara University campus, performance averages are around 111.96 Mbps — far higher than the lowest speeds needed for viewing video and operating cloud or communication platforms.
Data Caps in Santa Clara
Data collected by our research team suggests that top ISPs place some sort of limit on data use on residential Internet plans. Data caps are disliked because users view caps as a tactic to stop streaming. Providers explain they are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage network congestion. Either way, the culprit is over-the-top streaming, which easily consumes one to seven Gigabytes per hour.
Summary Of Internet Providers In Santa Clara
|AT&T Internet||IPBB||97.5%+||100 Mbps|
|Etheric Networks||Fixed Wireless||100%||80 Mbps|
|Cruzio Internet||Fixed Wireless||100%||100 Mbps|
|XFINITY from Comcast||Cable||98.3%+||1,200 Mbps|
|Sail Internet||Fixed Wireless||32.5%+||200 Mbps|
|AT&T Fiber||Fiber||15.8%+||940 Mbps|
|Raw Bandwidth Communications||DSL||13.5%+||40 Mbps|
|EarthLink Fiber||Fiber||9.0%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Common Networks||Fixed Wireless||3.8%+||75 Mbps|
|Carolina Mountain Cablevision||Cable||0.7%+||200 Mbps|
|Viasat Internet||Satellite||100%||100 Mbps|
|Etheric Networks||Fixed Wireless||100%||80 Mbps|
|Comcast Business||Cable||90.3%+||987 Mbps|
|Cruzio Internet||Fixed Wireless||100%||30 Mbps|
|Raw Bandwidth Communications||Copper||60.3%+||100 Mbps|
|MHO Networks||Fixed Wireless||51.8%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Sonic Business||DSL||19.0%+||80 Mbps|
|CenturyLink Business||Fiber||27.7%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Verizon Business||Copper||25.5%+||50 Mbps|
|Crown Castle Fiber||Fiber||20.7%+||1,000 Mbps|
|GTT Communications||Copper||20.1%+||8 Mbps|
|Sonic Business||Copper||19.0%+||12 Mbps|
|TPx Communications||Copper||17.5%+||1.5 Mbps|
|Vast Networks||Fiber||7.8%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Consolidated Communications (Formerly Fairpoint Communications)||Fiber||1.4%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Call One||Fiber||1.3%+||1.5 Mbps|
Compare Santa Clara to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Santa Clara||139.4 Mbps||15||$0.32 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||415.4 Mbps ( +276 Mbps )||16 ( +1 )||$0.70 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||118.9 Mbps ( -20.5 Mbps )||17 ( +2 )||$0.26 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||116.2 Mbps ( -23.2 Mbps )||15||$0.27 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||127.4 Mbps ( -12 Mbps )||23 ( +8 )||$0.26 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||127.6 Mbps ( -11.8 Mbps )||8 ( -7 )||$0.37 ( + $0.00 )|