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Stanford, CA internet providers
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|AT&T||$30.00||10 - 75 Mbps||DSL||86%|
|Xfinity||$29.99||25 - 987 Mbps||Cable||79%|
|Google Fiber||$70.00||1,000 - 1,000 Mbps||Fiber-optic||50%|
|HughesNet||$59.99||25 - 25 Mbps||Satellite||100%|
|Cruzio Internet||$74.95||100 - 30 Mbps||Wireless||100%|
|Viasat||$50.00||12 - 25 Mbps||Satellite||100%|
|Etheric Networks||$99.00||15 - 120 Mbps||Wireless||8.302%|
*Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. As of Feb 22, 2021.Need help?
Stanford internet service at a glance
Fastest advertised download speeds
Provider: Google Fiber
people have access to broadband internet of any type
1 provider - 93.50%
2 providers - 71.72%
3 providers - 49.71%
4+ providers - 0%
Most available internet technology
Cable - 79%
DSL - 86%
Fiber - 50%
At 94%, broadband coverage in Stanford 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 Stanford area will have access to DSL, which covers 86% of Stanford residents. Cable internet is also an option for many, offering service to 79% of the area. Fiber-optic is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 50% of those living in Stanford.
There are seven internet providers serving the Stanford area, and 71.72% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Stanford's seven internet providers, prices start at $29.99 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.
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Top high-speed internet providers in Stanford
The largest internet providers in Stanford are AT&T, Xfinity, and Google Fiber bringing DSL, cable, and fiber-optic options to Stanford.
DSL internet from AT&T is available to nearly all Stanford residents, covering 86% of households. Many will also have the option of cable from Xfinity, which covers 79% of the area. Stanford’s third most-available internet provider, Google Fiber, offers fiber-optic to around 50% of Stanford residents.
AT&T DSL internet
DSL from AT&T offers broadband to nearly all households in Stanford covering 86% of the area.
DSL internet from AT&T uses telephone lines in Stanford 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 $30/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in Stanford, $59.13.
AT&T customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 10 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $3.00 per Mbps, higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Stanford, $0.35.
For those who value internet speed as much as cost, AT&T offers download speeds up to 75 Mbps and upload speeds up to 20 Mbps in Stanford. These download speeds are available to 86% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Stanford's providers, 323 Mbps.
Xfinity cable internet
Cable from Xfinity offers broadband to most households in Stanford covering 79% of the area.
Xfinity’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Stanford 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 Stanford, $59.13.
Xfinity 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 Stanford, $0.35.
For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Xfinity offers download speeds up to 987 Mbps and upload speeds up to 35 Mbps in Stanford. These download speeds are available to 79% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Stanford's providers, 323 Mbps.
Google Fiber fiber-optic internet
Fiber-optic from Google Fiber offers broadband to about half of households in Stanford covering 50% of the area.
Fiber-optic service from Google Fiber is popular for its fast download and upload speeds, even during peak usage times, but may be less available throughout Stanford than other internet types.
Internet prices for Google Fiber start at $70/mo.*, which is significantly higher than the average starting price for internet in Stanford, $59.13.
Google Fiber customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 1,000 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.07 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Stanford, $0.35.
For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Google Fiber offers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1,000 Mbps in Stanford. These download speeds are available to 50% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Stanford's providers, 323 Mbps.
Internet coverage for rural areas
If you live in the heart of Stanford, you’ll likely have options from DSL, cable, and fiber-optic internet providers. For those in rural areas or just outside Stanford, however, satellite or fixed wireless internet may be the best internet option.
Satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat offers 100% availability in Stanford and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are about average in Stanford at $59.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Viasat starting prices are lower than average in Stanford at $50/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many Stanford 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 Stanford may have access to fixed wireless internet service from HughesNet, with plans starting at $59.99 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 Stanford DSL, cable, and fiber-optic internet providers.
Internet provider frequently asked questions
What’s the fastest internet provider in Stanford?
Google Fiber is the fastest internet provider in Stanford with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 50% of households in Stanford. The next fastest internet provider in Stanford is Xfinity, offering download speeds up to 987 Mbps to 79% of the area.
What’s the cheapest internet provider in Stanford?
Xfinity offers the cheapest internet in Stanford with plans starting at $29.99/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Stanford, $59.13.
Is fiber internet available in Stanford?
Google Fiber is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Stanford, covering 50% of the city.
What’s a good speed for gaming?
Speeds of 10 Mbps and higher are good for gaming, but what you really want to consider when choosing an internet service for gaming is latency, or ping. Latency is the measure of how long it takes for your device to communicate with the server and is the main contributor to lag. The higher the ping, the more likely you are to experience lagging. Shoot for an internet service with latency below 100 ms.
Can I get Wi-Fi without a provider?
Wi-Fi connects your device to a router, but that router needs to be connected to the internet for your device to also be connected to the internet. You need an internet service provider to get Wi-Fi.
How can I boost my internet speeds?
Resetting your router and optimizing your router settings can give you an instant speed boost. Consider Wi-Fi extenders if your signal is weaker in certain areas of your home. Also, be sure to check your Wi-Fi network to see if there are any unknown devices or users connected that could be slowing your network.