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Internet providers in Santa Cruz, CA

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Santa Cruz, CA internet providers

Provider
AT&T $55.00 10 - 5,000 MbpsDSL98%
AT&T $55.00 10 - 5,000 MbpsFiber-optic27%
Xfinity $29.99 50 - 3,000 MbpsCable98%
Sonic Telecom $39.99 24 - 1,000 MbpsWired75%
Sonic Telecom $39.99 24 - 1,000 MbpsDSL52%
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Santa Cruz internet service at a glance

At 98%, broadband coverage in Santa Cruz 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 Cruz area will have access to cable, which covers 95% of Santa Cruz residents. DSL internet is also an option for many, offering service to 93% of the area. Fiber-optic is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 71% of those living in Santa Cruz.

There are eight internet providers serving the Santa Cruz area, and 97.58% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Santa Cruz's eight internet providers, prices start at $29.99 and available download speeds reach up to 5,000 Mbps.

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Average internet speeds in Santa Cruz

ProviderDownload speedUpload speedInternet type
Sonic Telecom 12 Mbps 3 Mbps Wired
Xfinity 184 Mbps 16 Mbps Cable
AT&T 203 Mbps 175 Mbps DSL
Viasat 4 Mbps 0 Mbps Satellite
Etheric Networks 20 Mbps 21 Mbps Wireless

Top high-speed internet providers in Santa Cruz

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

DSL internet from AT&T is available to nearly all Santa Cruz residents, covering 98% of households. Some will also have the option of fiber-optic from AT&T, which covers 27% of the area. Santa Cruz’s third most-available internet provider, Xfinity, offers cable to around 98% of Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz covering 98% of the area.

DSL internet from AT&T uses telephone lines in Santa Cruz 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 about the same as the average starting price for internet in Santa Cruz, $55.82.

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 Santa Cruz, $1.80.

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 Santa Cruz. These download speeds are available to 98% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Santa Cruz's providers, 283 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

27%

Fiber-optic from AT&T offers broadband to some, but not many households in Santa Cruz covering 27% 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 Santa Cruz than other internet types.

Internet prices for AT&T start at $55/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Santa Cruz, $55.82.

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 Santa Cruz, $1.80.

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 Santa Cruz. These download speeds are available to 27% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Santa Cruz's providers, 283 Mbps.

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Xfinity cable internet

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

3,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

10 Mbps

Average availability

98%

Cable from Xfinity offers broadband to nearly all households in Santa Cruz covering 98% of the area.

Xfinity’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz, $55.82.

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 Santa Cruz, $1.80.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Xfinity offers download speeds up to 3,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 10 Mbps in Santa Cruz. These download speeds are available to 98% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Santa Cruz's providers, 283 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

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

Satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat offers 100% availability in Santa Cruz and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are higher than average in Santa Cruz at $64.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Viasat starting prices are significantly higher than average in Santa Cruz at $69.99/mo. for speeds up to 150 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz may have access to fixed wireless internet service from HughesNet, with plans starting at $64.99 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 Santa Cruz DSL, cable, and fiber-optic internet providers.

Internet provider frequently asked questions

AT&T is the fastest internet provider in Santa Cruz with download speeds up to 5,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 98% of households in Santa Cruz. The next fastest internet provider in Santa Cruz is AT&T, offering download speeds up to 5,000 Mbps to 27% of the area.

Xfinity offers the cheapest internet in Santa Cruz with plans starting at $29.99/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Santa Cruz, $55.82.

AT&T is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Santa Cruz, covering 27% of the city.

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Cable internet will nearly always offer faster speeds than DSL, but typically at a higher price point. So if you’re shopping for cheap internet plans, DSL may be your better option but if you want speed, consider cable internet.

The only broadband internet type that requires a phone line is DSL and dial-up, which use phone lines to deliver service. Other internet types, such as cable, fiber-optic and satellite, require no phone line for broadband service.