Internet providers in Merced, CA

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Merced, CA internet providers

Provider
AT&T $40.00 10 - 1,000 MbpsFiber-optic14%
AT&T $30.00 10 - 75 MbpsDSL95%
Xfinity $29.99 25 - 1,000 MbpsFiber-optic0.794%
Xfinity $29.99 25 - 987 MbpsCable98%
HughesNet $59.99 25 - 25 MbpsSatellite100%
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Merced internet service at a glance

At 99%, broadband coverage in Merced is comparable to the rest of California - 93%, and comparable to broadband coverage across the U.S. - 95%.

The vast majority of those living in the Merced area will have access to DSL, which covers 98% of Merced residents. Cable internet is also an option for many, offering service to 98% of the area. Fiber-optic is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 14% of those living in Merced.

There are six internet providers serving the Merced area, and 98.71% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Merced's six internet providers, prices start at $29.99 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

Top high-speed internet providers in Merced

The largest internet providers in Merced are AT&T and Xfinity bringing DSL, fiber-optic, and cable options to Merced.

DSL internet from AT&T is available to nearly all Merced residents, covering 95% of households. Some will also have the option of fiber-optic from AT&T, which covers 14% of the area. Merced’s third most-available internet provider, Xfinity, offers cable to around 98% of Merced residents.

AT&T DSL internet

Provider
AT&T
Starting price*
$30/mo.
Max download speed

75 Mbps

Max upload speed

20 Mbps

Average availability

95%

DSL from AT&T offers broadband to nearly all households in Merced covering 95% of the area.

DSL internet from AT&T uses telephone lines in Merced to deliver service, which often leads to lower prices and higher availability, though download speeds are likely to be slower than cable or fiber-optic internet.

Internet prices for AT&T start at $30/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in Merced, $42.49.

AT&T customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 10 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $3.00 per Mbps, higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Merced, $1.57.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, AT&T offers download speeds up to 75 Mbps and upload speeds up to 20 Mbps in Merced. These download speeds are available to 95% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Merced's providers, 775 Mbps.

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AT&T fiber-optic internet

Provider
AT&T
Starting price*
$40/mo.
Max download speed

1,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

1,000 Mbps

Average availability

14%

Fiber-optic from AT&T offers broadband to a limited number of households in Merced covering 14% of the area.

Fiber-optic service from AT&T is popular for its fast download and upload speeds, even during peak usage times, but may be less available throughout Merced than other internet types.

Internet prices for AT&T start at $40/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Merced, $42.49.

AT&T customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 10 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $4.00 per Mbps, higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Merced, $1.57.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, AT&T offers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1,000 Mbps in Merced. These download speeds are available to 14% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Merced's providers, 775 Mbps.

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Xfinity cable internet

Provider
Xfinity
Starting price*
$29.99/mo.
Max download speed

987 Mbps

Max upload speed

35 Mbps

Average availability

98%

Cable from Xfinity offers broadband to nearly all households in Merced covering 98% of the area.

Xfinity’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Merced residents in densely populated areas may experience slowed speeds during peak usage times.

Internet prices for Xfinity start at $29.99/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in Merced, $42.49.

Xfinity customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 25 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $1.20 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Merced, $1.57.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Xfinity offers download speeds up to 987 Mbps and upload speeds up to 35 Mbps in Merced. These download speeds are available to 98% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Merced's providers, 775 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

If you live in the heart of Merced, you’ll likely have options from cable, DSL, and fiber-optic internet providers. For those in rural areas or just outside Merced, however, satellite or fixed wireless internet may be the best internet option.

Satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat offers 100% availability in Merced and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are significantly higher than average in Merced at $59.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Viasat starting prices are higher than average in Merced at $50/mo. for speeds up to 12 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many Merced residents, however, as service typically comes with high latency and low data allowances.

Internet provider frequently asked questions

AT&T is the fastest internet provider in Merced with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 14% of households in Merced. The next fastest internet provider in Merced is Xfinity, offering download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to 0.794% of the area.

Xfinity offers the cheapest internet in Merced with plans starting at $29.99/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Merced, $42.49.

AT&T is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Merced, covering 14% of the city. Xfinity also offers fiber internet in Merced and is available to 0.794% of households.

Using your own router is a good way to cut internet costs without having to downgrade your internet plan. You can also try negotiating for a lower price with your current provider, or switch to another internet provider to take advantage of introductory pricing and special promotions.

Fiber internet providers are likely to offer the fastest, most consistent speeds for the money. Cable internet providers can also deliver fast speeds, up to 100 Mbps and higher, but are more vulnerable to slowed speeds during peak usage times. If you’re shopping for cheap internet, a DSL provider may be the best option for your household.

Available providers vary by address, but your location is likely serviceable for cable and DSL internet. Fiber internet may also be an internet option, but this technology is typically found in larger cities. Those living in rural areas not serviceable for cable, DSL or fiber internet may find satellite or fixed wireless internet to be their only options.