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Internet providers in San Mateo, CA

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San Mateo, CA internet providers

Provider
AT&T $55.00 10 - 5,000 MbpsDSL98%
AT&T $55.00 10 - 5,000 MbpsFiber-optic35%
Xfinity $29.99 50 - 3,000 MbpsCable99%
Wave Broadband $40.00 5 - 20 MbpsCable87%
Sonic Telecom $39.99 24 - 1,000 MbpsWired28%
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San Mateo internet service at a glance

At 100%, broadband coverage in San Mateo 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 San Mateo area will have access to cable, which covers 100% of San Mateo residents. DSL internet is also an option for many, offering service to 94% of the area. Fiber-optic is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 84% of those living in San Mateo.

There are eight internet providers serving the San Mateo area, and 99.50% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among San Mateo's eight internet providers, prices start at $29.95 and available download speeds reach up to 5,000 Mbps.

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Average internet speeds in San Mateo

ProviderDownload speedUpload speedInternet type
AT&T 244 Mbps 186 Mbps DSL
Wave Broadband 202 Mbps 85 Mbps Cable
Sonic Telecom 164 Mbps 133 Mbps Wired
Xfinity 193 Mbps 16 Mbps Cable

Top high-speed internet providers in San Mateo

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

DSL internet from AT&T is available to nearly all San Mateo residents, covering 98% of households. Some will also have the option of fiber-optic from AT&T, which covers 35% of the area. San Mateo’s third most-available internet provider, Xfinity, offers cable to around 99% of San Mateo residents.

AT&T DSL internet

Provider
AT&T
Starting price*
$55/mo.
Max download speed

5,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

20 Mbps

Average availability

98%

DSL from AT&T offers broadband to nearly all households in San Mateo covering 98% of the area.

DSL internet from AT&T uses telephone lines in San Mateo 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 $55/mo.*, which is higher than the average starting price for internet in San Mateo, $47.13.

AT&T customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 10 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $5.50 per Mbps, significantly higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in San Mateo, $1.96.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, AT&T offers download speeds up to 5,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 20 Mbps in San Mateo. These download speeds are available to 98% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all San Mateo's providers, 499 Mbps.

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AT&T fiber-optic internet

Provider
AT&T
Starting price*
$55/mo.
Max download speed

5,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

1,000 Mbps

Average availability

35%

Fiber-optic from AT&T offers broadband to some, but not many households in San Mateo covering 35% 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 San Mateo than other internet types.

Internet prices for AT&T start at $55/mo.*, which is higher than the average starting price for internet in San Mateo, $47.13.

AT&T customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 10 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $5.50 per Mbps, significantly higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in San Mateo, $1.96.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, AT&T offers download speeds up to 5,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1,000 Mbps in San Mateo. These download speeds are available to 35% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all San Mateo's providers, 499 Mbps.

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Xfinity cable internet

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

3,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

35 Mbps

Average availability

99%

Cable from Xfinity offers broadband to all households in San Mateo covering 99% of the area.

Xfinity’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but San Mateo 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 San Mateo, $47.13.

Xfinity customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 50 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.60 per Mbps, lower than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in San Mateo, $1.96.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Xfinity offers download speeds up to 3,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 35 Mbps in San Mateo. These download speeds are available to 99% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all San Mateo's providers, 499 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

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

Satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat offers 100% availability in San Mateo and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are significantly higher than average in San Mateo at $64.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Viasat starting prices are significantly higher than average in San Mateo at $69.99/mo. for speeds up to 150 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many San Mateo 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 San Mateo with download speeds up to 5,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 98% of households in San Mateo. The next fastest internet provider in San Mateo is AT&T, offering download speeds up to 5,000 Mbps to 35% of the area.

Raw Bandwidth Communications offers the cheapest internet in San Mateo with plans starting at $29.95/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in San Mateo, $47.13.

AT&T is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in San Mateo, covering 35% of the city.

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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Fiber and cable internet are similar internet service types, but fiber offers a few advantages over cable. Fiber internet can deliver faster upload and download speeds than cable in most areas, and is less vulnerable to slowed speeds during peak usage times. Cable does have the advantage over fiber in terms of availability, covering 89% of U.S. households compared to fiber’s 38%.