Internet providers in San Diego, CA

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1. AT&T
92% available in San Diego
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
2. Spectrum
100% available in San Diego
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
3. Cox Communications
100% available in San Diego
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
940Mbps
4. Viasat
99% available in San Diego
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
5. HughesNet
Available in San Diego
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
6. Rise Broadband
Available in San Diego
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
7. Sail Internet
15% available in San Diego
Connection:
Fiber & Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
300Mbps
1. AT&T
92% available in San Diego
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
2. Spectrum
100% available in San Diego
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
3. Cox Communications
100% available in San Diego
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
940Mbps
4. Viasat
99% available in San Diego
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
5. HughesNet
Available in San Diego
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
6. PowerOne
Available in San Diego
Connection:
Wireless
Download speeds up to
6Mbps
7. UnWired Broadband
2% available in San Diego
Connection:
Wireless
Download speeds up to
6Mbps
8. One Ring Networks
18% available in San Diego
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
6Mbps
9. Rise Broadband
Available in San Diego
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
10. Megapath
61% available in San Diego
Connection:
DSL & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
11. Allstream
Available in San Diego
Connection:
DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
12. Sail Internet
15% available in San Diego
Connection:
Fiber & Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
13. Wave.Band
69% available in San Diego
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. Xfinity Mobile
Available in San Diego
Connection:
Mobile
Xfinity Mobile
4GLTE

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2. AT&T
Available in San Diego
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T
4GLTE

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3. Sprint
Available in San Diego
Connection:
Mobile
Sprint
4GLTE

User Rating Info
4. T-Mobile
Available in San Diego
Connection:
Mobile
T-Mobile
4GLTE

User Rating Info

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How much internet speed do I need?

5+ Mbps

  • Regular browsing
  • Music streaming
  • Ideal for 1 person

10+ Mbps

  • HD video streaming
  • Casual gaming
  • Ideal for 1-2 people

20+ Mbps

  • Ultra HD streaming
  • Frequent gaming
  • Ideal for 2-4 people

40+ Mbps

  • Simultaneous HD streaming
  • Simultaneous gaming
  • Ideal for 4+

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What is the best internet provider in San Diego?

As you’d expect from a big city, San Diego has plenty of choices when it comes to Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The big three in the city are AT&T, Spectrum, and Cox.

AT&T offers solid value and wide coverage, with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. Spectrum service is fast and has no data caps, so there’s no limit to how much you can use it each month. And Cox offers the second-largest coverage area, bringing service to most of the downtown area and the northern suburbs.

HughesNet and Viasat are also available, if you prefer satellite, live in the outskirts of San Diego, or just aren’t happy with any of your other options. Both providers are available nationwide and are a great way to get internet service in areas that don’t have landline access.

Summary of San Diego internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
AT&T DSL & Fiber 1000 Mbps 3.0/5
Spectrum Cable 100 Mbps 3.0/5
Cox Communications Cable 940 Mbps 3.0/5
Viasat Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
HughesNet Satellite 25 Mbps 2.5/5
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 25 Mbps N/A
Sail Internet Fiber & Fixed Wireless 300 Mbps N/A

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.

Highest-rated internet providers in San Diego

AT&T is the top-rated ISP available in San Diego, according to our customer satisfaction survey. The provider placed second overall and scored high in every individual category, especially customer service and price. AT&T also placed third in J.D Power’s review of Internet Service Providers.

Spectrum scores very well for installation, tech support, and reliability—some of the most important categories for a good online experience. Cox ranks in the top five for both speed and customer service, but it isn’t quite as stellar as AT&T and Spectrum.

Fastest internet service providers in San Diego

AT&T offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Cox Communications offers internet at speeds up to 940 Mbps

Sail Internet offers internet at speeds up to 300 Mbps

Spectrum offers internet at speeds up to 100 Mbps

AT&T offers the fastest internet service in San Diego, with fiber speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. Using that kind of speed, you could download an entire HD movie in less than 30 seconds. If you don’t need that much speed, there are plenty of other AT&T options for around $50 a month (or $40 when bundled).

Spectrum and Cox are both cable internet providers, and while their speeds can’t quite match the fiber speeds of AT&T, they both offer more than enough for the average user.

Spectrum speeds can reach 940 Mbps in some areas, while Cox can go as fast as 1,000 Mbps if Cox Gigablast is available (although it will cost you almost $100 per month). Both are plenty for gaming, streaming, or any other online activity.

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Spectrum vs. AT&T

See how two of San Diego’s top internet providers compare.

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AT&T vs. Cox

We’ve done the hard work and compared these two speedy ISPs so you can decide which is best for you.

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AT&T Installation Guide

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San Diego residential internet coverage

San Diego’s a big place, but AT&T manages to cover the entire downtown area and suburbs, including La Jolla, Scripps Ranch, and Mission Bay. The only spots you likely won’t get AT&T coverage are the state parks and military bases.

Spectrum service is available mostly on the northwest side of town, north of the Mission Valley Freeway. This includes Silver Strand State Beach and Mira Mesa. Unfortunately, Spectrum doesn’t cover the downtown area, so you’ll have to look at AT&T or Cox if you live in that part of town.

Cox is available across most of San Diego but misses the coastal areas west of the Miramar Air Station. If you prefer cable to fiber, Cox makes a good alternative. Google Fiber is also available in select areas of San Diego, along with a handful of local providers including Telscape.

And if none of these providers meet your needs, HughesNet and Viasat offer satellite internet across the entire area (and nationwide). These satellite providers are a good option if they’re your only option, but you should go with a landline connection if it’s available to you.

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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 has the fastest speeds and widest coverage in the San Diego area. It also scores high on annual customer satisfaction surveys, including the 2018 J.D. Power review. Plans start at $50 a month for 100 Mbps, which is a good deal for how much speed you’ll get.

How much is internet in San Diego?
  • AT&T: $50.00–$70.00 per month
  • Spectrum: Starts at $44.99 per month
  • Cox: $29.99–$99.99 per month
What cable companies are in San Diego?

Spectrum and Cox offer cable internet service in the San Diego area. AT&T is also available in San Diego, but it’s a DSL and fiber provider, so it runs on a different network than cable. If you’re looking for a cable TV provider, Cox also offers cable TV service that you can bundle with internet. DIRECTV, DISH, and AT&T U-verse are also options.

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