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Internet providers in Santa Barbara, CA

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Santa Barbara, CA internet providers

Provider
Cox $29.99 25 - 1,000 MbpsCable100%
Cox $29.99 25 - 1,000 MbpsFiber-optic6.493%
HughesNet $64.99 25 - 25 MbpsSatellite100%
Viasat $69.99 12 - 150 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 DSL, which covers 100% of Santa Barbara residents. Cable internet is also an option for many, offering service to 100% of the area. No fiber-optic providers are currently available in Santa Barbara, but satellite or fixed-wireless providers may offer broadband options in your area.

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 $29.99 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

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Average internet speeds in Santa Barbara

ProviderDownload speedUpload speedInternet type
Viasat 12 Mbps 3 Mbps Satellite
HughesNet 2 Mbps 1 Mbps Satellite
Cox 149 Mbps 16 Mbps Cable

Top high-speed internet providers in Santa Barbara

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

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

Cox cable internet

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

1,000 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, $54.99.

Cox 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 Santa Barbara, $1.90.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Cox offers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 30 Mbps in Santa Barbara. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Santa Barbara's providers, 450 Mbps.

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HughesNet satellite internet

Provider
HughesNet
Starting price*
$64.99/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 $64.99/mo.*, which is higher than the average starting price for internet in Santa Barbara, $54.99.

HughesNet customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 25 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $2.60 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Santa Barbara, $1.90.

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, 450 Mbps.

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Viasat satellite internet

Provider
Viasat
Starting price*
$69.99/mo.
Max download speed

150 Mbps

Max upload speed

3 Mbps

Average availability

100%

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

Viasat 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 Viasat start at $69.99/mo.*, which is significantly higher than the average starting price for internet in Santa Barbara, $54.99.

Viasat customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 12 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $5.83 per Mbps, significantly higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Santa Barbara, $1.90.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Viasat offers download speeds up to 150 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, 450 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 100% of households in Santa Barbara. The next fastest internet provider in Santa Barbara is Cox, offering download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to 6.493% of the area.

Cox offers the cheapest internet in Santa Barbara with plans starting at $29.99/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Santa Barbara, $54.99.

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.

There are many factors that can influence internet speed. In many cases, restarting your router will resolve speed and connectivity issues. Other factors, such as peak usage times and speed throttling can also cause temporary speed issues.

Take a speed test to see what download and upload speeds you are getting. For the best results, perform the test over a wired connection. View our speed test guide for a full breakdown of your results. If you want faster speeds, consider these tips for boosting internet speed, or shop for faster internet plans in your area.