Internet providers in San Diego, CA

Shop the best San Diego internet providers in your area to compare available plans and pricing.

Find the top San Diego internet providers near you

When moving to or around San Diego, finding the right internet provider and plan for your new home is almost certainly near the top of your things-to-do list. Even if you aren’t moving, comparing your current internet plan to what’s available could get you a cheaper or better quality internet service. To help you find the best services for your home, we’ve listed the details on top internet providers in San Diego below.

San Diego internet at a glance

Cable and DSL internet are the two most common types of internet with coverage throughout San Diego. Fiber optic internet is currently available to less than a quarter of San Diego residents. Depending on where you live, you could have the option of multiple internet types and providers.

Internet availability in San Diego

San Diego, CA, residential internet providers

Keep in mind: AT&T DSL service is no longer available to new customers but will still be offered to current subscribers.

Compare the largest internet providers in San Diego

AT&T is the largest DSL and fiber optic internet provider in San Diego. Google Fiber also offers fiber optic internet in select areas. Cox is the primary cable internet provider in San Diego, but Spectrum is also available in parts of the city and surrounding areas to the north. Here’s a look at what you can expect from each provider.

AT&T – DSL and fiber optic internet

Cox – Cable internet

Spectrum – Cable internet

Google Fiber – Fiber optic internet

Which San Diego internet providers are available in your area? Click “Shop providers” below to view providers near you, or call to speak with our internet experts about specific internet plans for your address.

Top-rated providers to watch in San Diego

It’s not enough to have an internet connection. You want the best internet in San Diego to maximize your browsing experience. Here’s a few major internet service providers to keep on your radar.

Fastest internet: AT&T and Google Fiber tie for fastest speeds in San Diego with max speeds of 1,000 Mbps.

Cheapest internet: Cox Communications has the cheapest internet plans in San Diego with a starting price of $29.99/mo.* for the Cox Internet Starter 10 plan.

Highest rated internet: AT&T is the highest rated internet service provider in San Diego with a score of 68/100 from the American Consumer Satisfaction Index.

Looking for the best internet in your area? Call now to shop some of the best providers near your San Diego home. 

Compare business internet providers in San Diego, CA

Finding the business internet that suits your needs should not be difficult. Whether you’re a small business or expanding quickly, there are a variety of options catered towards your business size, speed requirements, and price budget.

If you’re looking for a reliable service with a low starting price, you may be inclined to choosing Spectrum for your business. If you’re looking for a fast connection, Cox or CenturyLink offer fiber internet for businesses in some areas with download speeds up to 1 Gig.

Many providers differ in the perks they offer customers, from 24/7 tech support to free online security. Call our experts and we’ll help you discover which provider fits best for your business.

What’s the fastest internet in San Diego?

Download speeds 250 Mbps or higher

San Diego – 98%

California – 76%

U.S. – 73%

Download speeds 1,000 Mbps or higher

San Diego – 18%

California – 14%

U.S. – 16%

Download speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps are primarily available from fiber optic internet providers, such as AT&T and Google Fiber. Your fastest upload speeds will also likely come from a fiber optic internet connection. Cable isn’t far behind, however. Download speeds up to 940 Mbps are available in select areas of San Diego from cable internet providers Cox and Spectrum. 

San Diego fastest advertised download speeds

  • AT&T Fiber – Fiber optic network with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Cox – Cable network with speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Google Fiber – Fiber optic network with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Spectrum – Cable network with speeds up to 940 Mbps

Gigabit or near-gigabit speeds are available throughout much of the San Diego area, but that may be more speed than you need. Check out our breakdown of what internet speeds you really need, and click “View providers” to find providers in your area with the right speed plan for you.

Cheapest internet plans in San Diego

If you’re looking for cheap internet in San Diego, the price you’ll pay will depend on available providers and the plan you choose. Cox and AT&T offer some of the cheapest internet plans in the San Diego area, but Spectrum and Google Fiber also have decently-priced plans considering the speeds you get. Here’s a look at the cheapest internet plans in San Diego.

Cheap internet plans in San Diego, CA

  • Cox Internet Starter 10 – $29.99/mo.* for up to 10 Mbps
  • AT&T Internet Basic – $30/mo.* for up to 5 Mbps
  • AT&T Fiber 100 – $40/mo.* for up to 100 Mbps
  • Spectrum Internet – $49.99/mo.* for up to 200 Mbps
  • Google Fiber 100 – $50/mo.* for up to 100 Mbps

Keep in mind that available internet plans and pricing can vary by address. Additionally, added fees for equipment rentals and services such as home Wi-Fi can add to the monthly cost of internet. Click “Shop plans” to view pricing from internet providers in your area, or call to speak with our internet experts about plans and pricing for your address.

Free Wi-Fi hotspots in San Diego

If you’re out and about in San Diego, there are many places where you can connect to free Wi-Fi hotspots. When using a public network, keep in mind that others can connect to the network as well. Avoid online activity that includes passwords or sensitive information that you wouldn’t want others to see.

Here are a few public places where you can find free Wi-Fi in San Diego:

  • San Diego public libraries, all branches
  • Local attractions including Balboa Park, Sea World, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and Petco Park
  • San Diego public transportation facilities including San Diego International Airport, Santa Fe Depot Amtrak Station and B Street Cruise Ship Terminal
  • Local cafes and coffee shops including Cyberbrew Coffee, Krakatoa, Santos Coffee House, Sip This Coffee, Urban Grind and Caffe Carpe Diem
  • Local restaurants and bars including Landini’s Pizzeria, Galileo 101 Ristorante & Bar, Kung Food, The Aero Club, L Bar & Grill and Toscana Cafe Wine Bar

Along with these free Wi-Fi hotspots in San Diego, AT&T, Cox and Spectrum also offer free provider hotspots throughout the city. If you have AT&T, Cox or Spectrum, you’ll have access to their free Wi-Fi hotspots in San Diego as well as other locations across the U.S.

David Anders

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David Anders

Senior Writer, Broadband Content

David joined the Allconnect team in 2017, specializing in broadband and TV content. His work has been referenced by a variety of sources, including ArcGIS, DIRECTV and more. As a Senior Writer, David is motivate… Read more

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