Internet Providers in Santa Cruz, CA
Residential Internet Statistics for Santa Cruz, CA
|Internet Service Providers:||9|
|Plans Start From:||$19.99|
|Top Download Speed:||5 Gbps|
|Fastest Connection Type:||Fiber|
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Internet Access in Santa Cruz, California
Data below is calculated based on the FCC's bi-annual coverage reports. Our data also includes direct provider reports to further validate and enhance the information. Plan and pricing information is aggregated by our research team. Locally, we've analyzed and verified 513 broadband plans in Santa Cruz in the past few years. Average speed data discussed here is calculated from 36,646 local speed tests and intended for general provider comparison purposes, not to indicate maximum Internet speedsin the area.
Viasat Internet and HughesNet are the main Internet choices in Santa Cruz.
Broadband competition in Santa Cruz is overall high. The average resident has about 6-7 providers available in their area. Access isn't distributed fairly — a surprising 9.78 percent of the population still have only one option for true broadband service.
Xfinity is another commonly available broadband choice in Santa Cruz. They offer Cable connections available to 92 percent of the area. Etheric Networks is another alternative wireless service to near one hundred percent of the local area. Keep in mind this option needs roof access and line of site with a Etheric Networks access point.
So, looking at the big picture, Santa Cruz's broadband Internet infrastructure conforms with a similar pattern to other US cities: strong coverage for bundled cable and DSL, with the problem being that a majority of residences are limited to only one company for subscribing to either type of Internet service. The cable/DSL pattern has a simple reason. Broadband Internet outfits started as cable TV and landline phone companies. So, they use these conveniently pre-built infrastructures for delivering broadband Internet service. Fiber network access is expanding as a third option. While some "Fiber" plans aren't actually 100% "Fiber to the Home" connections, 55.47 percent of the population has access to fiber reaching at least as far as the street outside. The local average downstream speed is 87.81 percent ahead of the California average, accounting for all cities. Take a look at the download speed test results directly below for insights on how major Internet providers compare over time.
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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Santa Cruz, California
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|AT&T Internet||5,000 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber and Fixed Wireless||1s||85.3%|
|Cruzio Internet||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s||2.0%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|Sonic||80 Mbps||DSL||1m 42s||46.4%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|T-Mobile 5G Home Internet||182 Mbps||5G Internet||45s||16.1%|
|South Valley Internet||1.5 Mbps||DSL||1h 31m 1s||0.2%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
9.8% of consumers in Santa Cruz9,000 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.
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.
25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.
Map of ISPs in Santa Cruz
Compare Santa Cruz to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Santa Cruz||244.9 Mbps||17||$0.32 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||581.7 Mbps ( +336.8 Mbps )||22 ( +5 )||$0.34 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||172.8 Mbps ( -72.1 Mbps )||21 ( +4 )||$0.25 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||199.7 Mbps ( -45.2 Mbps )||20 ( +3 )||$0.24 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||202.2 Mbps ( -42.7 Mbps )||27 ( +10 )||$0.25 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||196.5 Mbps ( -48.4 Mbps )||11 ( -6 )||$0.39 ( + $0.00 )|