Internet Providers in Santa Clara, CA

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Residential Internet Statistics for Santa Clara, CA
Internet Providers: 15
Internet Plans: 27
Fastest Speed Available: 1,200 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $56.39

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.

  • There are 30 internet providers in Santa Clara with 15 of those offering residential service
  • Santa Clara is the 8th most connected city in California ahead of Milpitas, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Alviso, and Campbell.
  • The fastest zip code in Santa Clara for April 2021 is 95050. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

2,000 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
PAXIO 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 Provider Competition Map For Santa Clara

Santa Clara Internet Competition Map. Click for interactive map.
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Santa Clara is the 8th most connected city in California ahead of Milpitas, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Alviso, and Campbell.

The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.

Approximately 33,000 people in Santa Clara 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: 17% of people living in Santa Clara 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 98% of Santa Clara 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, 95050 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Santa Clara.

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

In Santa Clara County, approximately 49,000 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.

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

Provider Type Coverage Speed
AT&T Internet IPBB 97.5%+ 100 Mbps
EarthLink DSL 96.5%+ 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
Sonic DSL 14.8%+ 80 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
PAXIO Fiber 0.9%+ 1,000 Mbps
Carolina Mountain Cablevision Cable 0.7%+ 200 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 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
AT&T Fiber 10.3%+ 940 Mbps
GTT Communications Copper 20.1%+ 8 Mbps
Sonic Business Copper 19.0%+ 12 Mbps
TPx Communications Copper 17.5%+ 1.5 Mbps
Zayo Fiber 10.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
Vast Networks Fiber 7.8%+ 1,000 Mbps
Windstream Fiber 3.2%+ 100 Mbps
Consolidated Communications (Formerly Fairpoint Communications) Fiber 1.4%+ 1,000 Mbps
Allstream Copper 2.5%+ -- Mbps
Call One Fiber 1.3%+ 1.5 Mbps
PAXIO Fiber 1.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
Tailwind DSL 0.7%+ 10 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 )