Internet providers in Palo Alto, CA

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Palo Alto, CA internet providers

Provider
AT&T $40.00 10 - 1,000 MbpsFiber-optic0.767%
AT&T $30.00 10 - 75 MbpsDSL99%
Xfinity $29.99 25 - 1,000 MbpsFiber-optic0.092%
Xfinity $29.99 25 - 987 MbpsCable97%
Sonic Telecom $39.99 -Wired54%
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Palo Alto internet service at a glance

At 100%, broadband coverage in Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto area will have access to DSL, which covers 99% of Palo Alto residents. Cable internet is also an option for many, offering service to 97% of the area. No fiber-optic providers are currently available in Palo Alto, but satellite or fixed-wireless providers may offer broadband options in your area.

There are seven internet providers serving the Palo Alto area, and 97.39% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Palo Alto's seven internet providers, prices start at $29.99 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

Top high-speed internet providers in Palo Alto

The largest internet providers in Palo Alto are AT&T, Xfinity, and Sonic Telecom bringing DSL and cable options to Palo Alto.

DSL internet from AT&T is available to nearly all Palo Alto residents, covering 99% of households. Many will also have the option of cable from Xfinity, which covers 97% of the area. Palo Alto’s third most-available internet provider, Sonic Telecom, offers DSL to around 41% of Palo Alto residents.

AT&T DSL internet

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

75 Mbps

Max upload speed

20 Mbps

Average availability

99%

DSL from AT&T offers broadband to all households in Palo Alto covering 99% of the area.

DSL internet from AT&T uses telephone lines in Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto, $54.85.

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 Palo Alto, $1.48.

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 Palo Alto. These download speeds are available to 99% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Palo Alto's providers, 550 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

97%

Cable from Xfinity offers broadband to nearly all households in Palo Alto covering 97% of the area.

Xfinity’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto, $54.85.

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 Palo Alto, $1.48.

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 Palo Alto. These download speeds are available to 97% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Palo Alto's providers, 550 Mbps.

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Sonic Telecom DSL internet

Provider

Sonic Telecom

Starting price*
$39.99/mo.
Max download speed

80 Mbps

Max upload speed

4 Mbps

Average availability

41%

DSL from Sonic Telecom offers broadband to about half of households in Palo Alto covering 41% of the area.

DSL internet from Sonic Telecom uses telephone lines in Palo Alto 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 Sonic Telecom start at $39.99/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in Palo Alto, $54.85.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Sonic Telecom offers download speeds up to 80 Mbps and upload speeds up to 4 Mbps in Palo Alto. These download speeds are available to 41% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Palo Alto's providers, 550 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

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

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

Fixed wireless is another popular internet option for those in rural areas. Those living in or just outside of Palo Alto may have access to fixed wireless internet service from HughesNet, with plans starting at $59.99 and available download speeds up to 25 Mbps. Fixed wireless service is less likely to come with the high latency of satellite internet, but monthly data limits can still be an issue compared to Palo Alto DSL, cable, and fiber-optic internet providers.

Internet provider frequently asked questions

AT&T is the fastest internet provider in Palo Alto with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 0.767% of households in Palo Alto. The next fastest internet provider in Palo Alto is Xfinity, offering download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to 0.092% of the area.

Xfinity offers the cheapest internet in Palo Alto with plans starting at $29.99/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Palo Alto, $54.85.

AT&T is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Palo Alto, covering 0.767% of the city. Xfinity also offers fiber internet in Palo Alto and is available to 0.092% of households.

If you suspect your slow speeds are the result of your internet provider throttling your connection, the easiest way to determine if you’re being throttled is to perform two speed tests. Run the first test on your regular network, then run the second one on a VPN. If the two speeds are drastically different (and the VPN test was higher), your internet provider may be throttling your speeds.

Download speeds of 25 Mbps and above are considered broadband speeds, and can handle most online activities including streaming and gaming. For households with multiple devices using a Wi-Fi connection, speeds of 100 Mbps and higher are likely to offer a better online experience. Learn more about what speeds are best for your home.

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