How much internet speed do you need? That depends on how you plan on using your internet connection.
< 25 Mbps basic internet for checking e-mail, google searches 25-99 Mbps will handle streaming Netflix, FaceTime, Zoom calls 100-499 Mbps fast downloads, gaming online, streaming UHD on multiple screens 500-1,000 Mbps blazing fast for just about anything
Internet Providers in Santa Clara, California
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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 541 broadband plans in Santa Clara. speed averages are calculated from 103,884 local connections. They are intended for general provider comparison purposes, not to indicate maximum Internet speedsin the area.
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||Availability|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,200 Mbps||Cable||6s||98.3%|
|AT&T Internet||940 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber||8s||97.5%|
|EarthLink||1,000 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||96.5%|
|Carolina Mountain Cablevision||200 Mbps||Cable||40s||0.7%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|Sonic||80 Mbps||DSL||1m 42s||14.8%|
|Raw Bandwidth Communications||40 Mbps||DSL||3m 24s||13.5%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
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.
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.
Compare Santa Clara to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Santa Clara||189.1 Mbps||15||$0.31 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +345.3 Mbps )||17 ( +2 )||$0.48 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( -40.3 Mbps )||17 ( +2 )||$0.24 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( -28.5 Mbps )||15||$0.27 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( -19.6 Mbps )||23 ( +8 )||$0.26 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( -27 Mbps )||8 ( -7 )||$0.34 ( + $0.00 )|