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

Top Internet Providers in Santa Cruz, California:

Showing 1 to 11 Providers

  • 1. AT&T Internet
    85.3% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *5 Gbps
    • Fiber
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Fiber
    85.3% Available
  • 2. Xfinity
    92.2% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *1.2 Gbps
    • Cable
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Cable
    92.2% Available
  • 3. Viasat
    100% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *100 Mbps
    • Satellite
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Satellite
    100% Available
  • 4. HughesNet
    100% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *25 Mbps
    • Satellite
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Satellite
    100% Available
  • 5. 5. Spectrum
    2.6% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *1 Gbps
    • Cable
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Cable
    2.6% Available
  • 6. 6. T-Mobile 5G Home Internet
    16.1% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *182 Mbps
    • 5G Internet
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • 5G Internet
    16.1% Available
  • 7. 7. Etheric
    100% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *80 Mbps
    • Fixed Wireless
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Fixed Wireless
    100% Available
  • 8. 8. Cruzio Internet
    100% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *100 Mbps
    • Fixed Wireless
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Fixed Wireless
    100% Available
  • 9. 9. Sonic
    46.4% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *80 Mbps
    • DSL
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • DSL
    46.4% Available
  • 10. 10. Cruzio Internet
    2% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *1 Gbps
    • Fiber
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Fiber
    2% Available
  • 11. South Valley Internet
    0.2% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *1.5
    • DSL
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • DSL
    0.2% Available
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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.

  • There are 19 internet providers in Santa Cruz with 11 of those offering residential service
  • Santa Cruz is the 213th most connected city in California ahead of Soquel and Felton, but behind Aptos, Capitola, and Scotts Valley.
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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%
Xfinity 1,200 Mbps Cable 6s 92.2%
Cruzio Internet 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s 2.0%
Spectrum 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s 2.6%
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%
9,000 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.

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This data is calculated from FCC datasets which providers are legally required to supply twice a year. We further validate this data for accuracy.

Santa Cruz is the 213th most connected city in California ahead of Soquel and Felton, but behind Aptos, Capitola, and Scotts Valley.

Reference

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

Approximately 10,000 people in Santa Cruz County don't have access to any wired internet.

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This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.

Fiber Availability: 55% of people living in Santa Cruz have residential fiber service available to them.

Reference

Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.

Approximately 90% of Santa Cruz residents are serviced by multiple wired providers.

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This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.

In Santa Cruz County, approximately 12,000 people do not have access to 25 Mbps wired broadband.

Reference

25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.

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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 )