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Internet providers in Santa Barbara, CA

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Santa Barbara, CA internet providers

Provider
Frontier $27.99 6 - 24 MbpsDSL75%
Cox $119.99 10 - 1,000 MbpsFiber-optic6.493%
Cox $29.99 10 - 300 MbpsCable100%
HughesNet $59.99 25 - 25 MbpsSatellite100%
Viasat $50.00 12 - 25 MbpsSatellite100%
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Santa Barbara internet service at a glance

At 100%, broadband coverage in Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara area will have access to cable, which covers 100% of Santa Barbara residents. DSL internet is also an option for many, offering service to 76% of the area. Fiber-optic is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 6.490% of those living in Santa Barbara.

There are four internet providers serving the Santa Barbara area, and 75.41% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Santa Barbara's four internet providers, prices start at $27.99 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

Top high-speed internet providers in Santa Barbara

The largest internet providers in Santa Barbara are Frontier, Cox, and HughesNet bringing DSL, cable, and satellite options to Santa Barbara.

DSL internet from Frontier is available to most Santa Barbara residents, covering 75% of households. Many will also have the option of cable from Cox, which covers 100% of the area. Santa Barbara’s third most-available internet provider, HughesNet, offers satellite to around 100% of Santa Barbara residents.

Frontier DSL internet

Provider
Frontier
Starting price*
$27.99/mo.
Max download speed

24 Mbps

Max upload speed

2 Mbps

Average availability

75%

DSL from Frontier offers broadband to most households in Santa Barbara covering 75% of the area.

DSL internet from Frontier uses telephone lines in Santa Barbara 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 Frontier start at $27.99/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in Santa Barbara, $41.99.

Frontier customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 6 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $4.67 per Mbps, higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Santa Barbara, $2.62.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Frontier offers download speeds up to 24 Mbps and upload speeds up to 2 Mbps in Santa Barbara. These download speeds are available to 75% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Santa Barbara's providers, 344 Mbps.

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Cox cable internet

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

300 Mbps

Max upload speed

30 Mbps

Average availability

100%

Cable from Cox offers broadband to all households in Santa Barbara covering 100% of the area.

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

Internet prices for Cox start at $29.99/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in Santa Barbara, $41.99.

Cox customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 10 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $3.00 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Santa Barbara, $2.62.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Cox offers download speeds up to 300 Mbps and upload speeds up to 30 Mbps in Santa Barbara. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are slightly slower than the average max speeds from all Santa Barbara's providers, 344 Mbps.

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HughesNet satellite internet

Provider
HughesNet
Starting price*
$59.99/mo.
Max download speed

25 Mbps

Max upload speed

3 Mbps

Average availability

100%

Satellite from HughesNet offers broadband to all households in Santa Barbara covering 100% of the area.

HughesNet satellite internet offers reliable connection in areas of Santa Barbara where other internet types may not be available, but service is likely to come with low monthly data allowances and high latency, making streaming binges and real-time online gaming impractical.

Internet prices for HughesNet start at $59.99/mo.*, which is significantly higher than the average starting price for internet in Santa Barbara, $41.99.

HughesNet customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 25 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $2.40 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Santa Barbara, $2.62.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, HughesNet offers download speeds up to 25 Mbps and upload speeds up to 3 Mbps in Santa Barbara. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Santa Barbara's providers, 344 Mbps.

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Internet provider frequently asked questions

Cox is the fastest internet provider in Santa Barbara with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 6.493% of households in Santa Barbara. The next fastest internet provider in Santa Barbara is Cox, offering download speeds up to 300 Mbps to 100% of the area.

Frontier offers the cheapest internet in Santa Barbara with plans starting at $27.99/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Santa Barbara, $41.99.

Cox is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Santa Barbara, covering 6.493% 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.

Downgrading services or cutting extras, such as Wi-Fi extenders or premium tech support, can lower your monthly internet bill. You can also try to negotiate with your internet provider for a lower rate. Switching internet providers and bundling internet with other services is another common way to lower internet costs.

Monthly costs for internet can range from $20 to $60, depending on which providers are available in your area. Added fees for Wi-Fi service and equipment can add to that cost, but your internet provider may give you the option to use your own router, which can lower the monthly internet cost.