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Internet providers in San Diego, CA

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1. Spectrum
95% available in San Diego
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)

Speed based on wired connection and may vary by address. Wireless speeds may vary. Services subject to all applicable service terms and conditions, subject to change. Services not available in all areas. Restrictions apply.

2. AT&T
92% available in San Diego
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
5000Mbps
3. Cox Communications
91% available in San Diego
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

$20/mo off Gigablast w/1 yr term agreement

4. EarthLink
92% available in San Diego
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
5000Mbps

User Rating(66)
5. Ting
50% available in San Diego
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
6. HughesNet
99% available in San Diego
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating(199)
7. Viasat
99% available in San Diego
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
8. T-Mobile Home Internet
1% available in San Diego
Connection:
5G Home
Download speeds up to
182Mbps

Eligible new customers get a $100 Virtual Prepaid Mastercard®

9. Sail Internet
5% available in San Diego
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
300Mbps
10. Google Fiber Webpass
20% available in San Diego
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
11. Easy Internet Now
97% available in San Diego
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
5000Mbps
12. Unlimitedville
1% available in San Diego
Connection:
LTE Home
Download speeds up to
99Mbps
13. Race Communications
46% available in San Diego
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. Spectrum
95% available in San Diego
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)

Speed based on wired connection and may vary by address. Wireless speeds may vary. Services subject to all applicable service terms and conditions, subject to change. Services not available in all areas. Restrictions apply.

2. Ting
50% available in San Diego
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
3. HughesNet
99% available in San Diego
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating(199)
4. Viasat
99% available in San Diego
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
5. Sail Internet
5% available in San Diego
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
300Mbps
6. Easy Internet Now
97% available in San Diego
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
5000Mbps
7. Ooma
92% available in San Diego
Connection:
Wireless LTE
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
8. Unlimitedville
1% available in San Diego
Connection:
LTE Home
Download speeds up to
99Mbps
9. Zayo Group
12% available in San Diego
Connection:
DSL, Fiber, Fixed Wireless & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
10. Race Communications
46% available in San Diego
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
11. Wave.Band
70% available in San Diego
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
12. One Ring Networks
97% available in San Diego
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. T-Mobile
Available in San Diego
Connection:
Mobile
T-Mobile
4GLTE

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2. Verizon Wireless
Available in San Diego
Connection:
Mobile
Verizon Wireless
4GLTE

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3. AT&T Wireless
Available in San Diego
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T Wireless
5G

User Rating
4. Mint
Available in San Diego
Connection:
Mobile
Mint
4GLTE

User Rating
5. Visible
Available in San Diego
Connection:
Mobile
Visible
4GLTE

User Rating

What’s a good internet speed?

Take our quiz to find out how much internet speed you need. Or use our internet speed test to test your current speeds.

0–5 Mbps

Works for:

  • Checking email
  • Streaming music on one device
  • Searching on Google

5–40 Mbps

Works for:

  • Streaming video on one device
  • Video calling with Skype or FaceTime
  • Online gaming for one player

40–100 Mbps

Works for:

  • Streaming HD video on a few devices
  • Multiplayer online gaming
  • Downloading large files

100–500 Mbps

Works for:

  • Streaming video in UHD on multiple screens
  • Downloading files quickly
  • Gaming online for multiple players

500–1,000+ Mbps

Works for:

  • Doing a lot of almost anything

What is the best internet provider in San Diego?

The best internet provider in San Diego is AT&T—but only if you can get a fiber plan. Otherwise, stick with Spectrum or Cox for a fast and affordable cable connection.

AT&T’s fiber plans start at 300 Mbps speeds and go all the way up to 5,000 Mbps. So no matter what plan you get, you’re getting something fast and extremely reliable. Prices are reasonable, and you get unlimited data with no contract and plenty of opportunities for deals and promotions.

EarthLink has similar plans to AT&T because it uses AT&T’s fiber lines to get you service; EarthLink has top-rated customer service, so go for that if you value an internet provider with a sympathetic bedside manner.

AT&T also has DSL internet, but it’s not as fast or cost effective—only go for that if you live in a rural part of East or North County.

Spectrum is the second-best option in San Diego, with a variety of plans that give you speeds ranging from 250 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps. Since it’s a cable connection, you don’t get symmetrical upload speeds like you would with AT&T, but these plans are still fast and stay fast even during times of neighborhood-wide network congestion.

Prices for Spectrum plans are roughly the same as AT&T’s fiber plans, and you also get unlimited data and no contracts. Cox Communications is a solid third pick, with speeds similar to Spectrum but higher prices and contracts on its plans.

Type in your zip code below to see which internet providers are available specifically in your neighborhood.

Summary of San Diego internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User rating Order online
Spectrum Cable 1000 Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
2.5/5 View Plans for Spectrum
AT&T DSL & Fiber 5000 Mbps 2.5/5 View Plans for AT&T
Cox Communications Cable 1000 Mbps 3.5/5 View Plans for Cox Communications
EarthLink DSL & Fiber 5000 Mbps 3.0/5 View Plans for EarthLink
Ting Fiber 1000 Mbps 4.5/5 View Plans for Ting
HughesNet Satellite 25 Mbps 2.5/5 View Plans for HughesNet
Viasat Satellite 100 Mbps 1.5/5 View Plans for Viasat
T-Mobile Home Internet 5G Home 182 Mbps 4.0/5 View Plans for T-Mobile Home Internet
Sail Internet Fixed Wireless 300 Mbps N/A View Plans for Sail Internet
Google Fiber Webpass Fiber 1000 Mbps N/A View Plans for Google Fiber Webpass
Easy Internet Now DSL & Fiber 5000 Mbps 4.5/5
Unlimitedville LTE Home 99 Mbps N/A View Plans for Unlimitedville
Race Communications Fiber 1000 Mbps 4.0/5 View Plans for Race Communications
EarthLink DSL & Fiber 5000 Mbps 3.0/5 View Plans for EarthLink

Availability and speeds displayed are not guaranteed and are subject to change.

Technology Type

DSL:

DSL provides internet service via phone cables and is up to ten times faster than dial-up service.

Cable:

Cable provides internet speeds faster than DSL through the same cables used for cable TV.

Satellite:

Satellite internet is widely available, but offers slower speeds due to a far-traveling signal.

Fiber:

Fiber relies on glass strands to relay digital code and is much faster than both DSL and cable.

What is the fastest internet provider in San Diego?

AT&T has the fastest internet service in San Diego—in fact, it has the fastest internet from a major provider in the whole country. The AT&T 5G Internet plan boasts 5,000 Mbps speeds, which is way faster than most people realistically need, but it’s still very impressive.

You can also get plans with 2,000 Mbps, 1,000 Mbps, and slower speeds from AT&T. All of the fiber plans also have symmetrical upload speeds, so the uploads are just as fast as the downloads. And these same speeds are available from EarthLink too, since EarthLink uses AT&T’s fiber network infrastructure.

Spectrum and Cox are the second-fastest internet providers in San Diego. The Spectrum Internet® Gig plan delivers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) using cable instead of fiber. Cox’s Gigablast plan lists a maximum speed of 1,000 Mbps. Both of these gigabit plans deliver upload speeds of 35 Mbps—up to 500 Mbps in some areas if you go with Spectrum.

Uploads are much slower than downloads on cable internet, but that should still be solid for most people.

Fastest internet providers in San Diego

ProviderMax speedsConnection typeView plans
AT&T 5,000 MbpsFiberView Plans
EarthLink 5,000 MbpsFiberView Plans
Spectrum 1,000 Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
CableView Plans
Cox Communications 1,000 MbpsCableView Plans

What is the cheapest internet provider in San Diego?

EarthLink, Spectrum, and Cox are the cheapest internet providers in San Diego. All three offer basic plans for around $50 a month (or a little less). AT&T also has an excellent fiber plan for $55 a month that gives you much faster speeds.

There aren’t a lot of truly cheap internet options in San Diego, unfortunately—expect to pay at least $50 to $60 a month for reliable internet service in the city. That’s about average for internet prices nationwide. When you’re looking for cheap internet, aim to get a cable or fiber plan that gets you speeds of at least 100 Mbps.

Cheapest internet plans in San Diego

PlanPriceSpeedView plans
EarthLink 15 Mbps Internet$49.95/mo.*15 MbpsView Plans
Spectrum Internet®$49.99/mo.Up to 300 Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
View Plans
Cox Essential 100$49.99/mo.Up to 100 MbpsView Plans
AT&T Fiber Internet 300$55.00/mo.§300 MbpsView Plans
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Internet Deals and Promotions in San Diego, CA

ProviderAvailable dealView on provider’s site
AT&T Order a fiber internet plan to get a reward card worth $150 or $200. You get the $150 card with the 300 Mbps and 500 plans and the $200 card with the gigabit plan or faster.Get the Deal
Spectrum Get a free, 90-day trial of Peacock Premium when you sign up for a qualifying internet plan.Get the Deal
Cox Communications Get free installation with one of Cox's several TV and internet bundling options.Get the Deal
Verizon Home Internet Sign up for Fios Gigabit Connection or Internet 2 Gig and get a $200 gift card for GrubHub or DoorDash; $300 Off Stream TV Soundbar; plus the choice between Beats Studio Buds True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds, a $100 Verizon Gift Card, a JBL Charge 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, or expanding the GrubHub/DoorDash gift card to be worth $300.Get the Deal
T-Mobile If you’re a T-Mobile phone customer, get T-Mobile 5G Home Internet for 50% off. T-Mobile’s 5G internet service normally costs $50 a month, but new customers can get it for just $25 a month when they bundle it with a qualifying phone plan.Get the Deal
EarthLink Get a flat rate with EarthLink with no extra charges for installation, equipment, or data.Get the Deal
Google Fiber Get the 1 Gig plan for $70 per month to have 1,000 Mbps speeds with no data caps and free installation.Get the Deal
HughesNet Get free standard installation when you sign up for a qualifying satellite internet plan.Get the Deal
Viasat Get a $300 VISA prepaid card and up to $300 off on a qualifying satellite internet plan.Get the Deal

What are the fiber internet providers in San Diego?

AT&T, EarthLink, Ting, and Race Communications are all fiber internet providers in San Diego. AT&T is the most prominent fiber provider in the city and has both the fastest speeds and the best prices. Ting and Race Communications are regional providers that are well worth considering if you can’t get fiber from AT&T or EarthLink where you live.

Fiber isn’t widely available in San Diego—you’re more likely to find cable or DSL providers in America’s Finest City. But if you can get fiber in your neighborhood, we highly recommend it. Fiber delivers the fastest speeds and most reliable connection, and it’s often cheaper or equal to the price of lesser connection types.

Fiber internet providers in San Diego

Highest-rated internet providers in San Diego

EarthLink is the top-rated internet provider available in San Diego, according to our annual customer satisfaction survey. The provider placed first overall and scored at the top for customer service and price as well.

Spectrum also gets high rankings in our survey, coming into the top three for overall satisfaction, speed, and reliability. An impressive 92% of Spectrum’s customers said that their internet speeds “always” or “usually” meet their needs.

AT&T gets slightly above-average scores in all categories, but the provider’s fiber customers give better ratings on the whole. Cox Communications ranks towards the middle for speed and reliability.

How much speed do you need?

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AT&T vs. Spectrum

AT&T is perfect for those who need affordable high-speed packages. Spectrum keeps things simple by offering three high-speed Internet packages.

Read more about AT&T vs. Spectrum

AT&T vs. Cox

Go with AT&T for great customer service on widely available internet packages. Get Cox for consistent speeds in affordable packages.

Read more about AT&T vs. Cox

Hughesnet vs. Viasat

Get low prices on satellite internet with HughesNet. Order Viasat for superior speeds and newer technology.

Read more about Hughesnet vs. Viasat

San Diego residential internet coverage

AT&T covers San Diego’s entire downtown area and suburbs, including La Jolla and Scripps Ranch. The only spots you likely don’t get AT&T coverage are the state parks and military bases.

Spectrum is primarily available on the northwest side of town, north of Interstate 8. Unfortunately, Spectrum doesn’t cover the downtown area, so you’ll have to look at AT&T or Cox if you live in neighborhoods like North Park, South Park, or City Heights.

Cox Communications is available across most of San Diego but misses areas of North County like La Jolla, Torrey Pines, and University City. If you can’t get fiber, Cox’s cable internet makes a great alternative. Google Fiber is also available in select areas of San Diego, along with a handful of local providers, including Telscape.

If you live in rural parts of East and North County where you can’t get internet access easily, HughesNet and Viasat offer satellite internet across the entire region. These satellite providers are a good option if you have no other alternative, but they’re slower and cost more.

Want to see what kind of internet you can get in your neighborhood? Run a search with your zip code below.

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Featured customer reviews

Cox Communications

 

“Customer service is very good. We have never had problems getting repairs or techs to our house.”

–Linda F.

AT&T

 

“…I really like the TV programing aspect of it”

–Ronald G.

Spectrum

 

“…their phone customer service is top notch.”

–Autumn J.

San Diego internet FAQ

What’s the best internet provider in San Diego?

AT&T is the best internet provider in San Diego area because it offers the fastest speeds and widest coverage. Plans start at $55 a month for 300 Mbps, which is a good deal for how much speed you’ll get.

How much is internet in San Diego?

Internet in San Diego usually costs around $60 per month. You can get plans for cheaper or faster plans that cost more, but that’s how much you should expect to pay for a fiber or cable internet plan that gives you generous speeds of 100 Mbps to 300 Mbps.

What cable companies are in San Diego?

Spectrum and Cox Communications are the two main cable internet companies in San Diego. Cox offers cable TV and internet bundles at a discount that can be cheaper than paying for these services separately. With Spectrum, you can mix-and-match any of its TV and internet services—each one comes with discounted pricing for 12 months.

Customer reviews of internet providers in San Diego

AT&T

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Omar A | 05-13-2022

Most horrible experience ever. Every time I call about the issues I’m having , it’s always the most terrible experience anyone can experience . I do not recommend anyone to come near this company. There customer service is really disappointing.

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Spectrum

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Patrick C | 04-01-2022

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Internet speed is pretty good. There were random “scheduled” outages that we didn’t know about. They also basically double your price after one year of service

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Spectrum

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Debbie B | 02-16-2022

Overall Spectrum is a wonderful provider! I am originally from the east coast and Comcast is the provider there. They’re TERRIBLE, making Spectrum seem even more wonderful. They are fast and responsive, always going above and beyond to help us through any possible issues that arise. Thanks Spectrum!

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