Internet providers in San Francisco, CA

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1. AT&T
100% available in San Francisco
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
2. Xfinity
99% available in San Francisco
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
3. Viasat
99% available in San Francisco
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
4. Suddenlink Communications
Available in San Francisco
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
10Mbps
5. HughesNet
Available in San Francisco
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
6. Sonic
75% available in San Francisco
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
7. Race Communications
Available in San Francisco
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
8. Sail Internet
15% available in San Francisco
Connection:
Fiber & Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
300Mbps
9. Raw Bandwidth Telecom, Inc.
Available in San Francisco
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
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1. AT&T
100% available in San Francisco
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
2. Comcast Business
Available in San Francisco
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
3. Windstream
Available in San Francisco
Connection:
Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
4. Viasat
99% available in San Francisco
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
5. Suddenlink Communications
Available in San Francisco
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
10Mbps
6. HughesNet
Available in San Francisco
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
7. Sonic
3% available in San Francisco
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
8. Megapath
95% available in San Francisco
Connection:
DSL & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
9. Zayo Group
Available in San Francisco
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
10. Etheric Networks, Inc.
Available in San Francisco
Connection:
Wireless
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
11. Race Communications
Available in San Francisco
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
12. Raw Bandwidth Telecom, Inc.
Available in San Francisco
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
13. Sail Internet
15% available in San Francisco
Connection:
Fiber & Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. Xfinity Mobile
Available in San Francisco
Connection:
Mobile
Xfinity Mobile
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2. AT&T
Available in San Francisco
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T
4GLTE

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

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4. T-Mobile
Available in San Francisco
Connection:
Mobile
T-Mobile
4GLTE

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5+ Mbps

  • Regular browsing
  • Music streaming
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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 Francisco?

The Bay Area is one of the most progressive, cultured, and tech-savvy metro areas in the US, so it’s no surprise that San Francisco locals have a lot of good options for internet service.

Xfinity, Sonic, AT&T, and Race have some of the fastest speeds in the Bay Area. Some of these providers have extensive coverage within San Francisco and the surrounding areas, with most of them offering internet service in Daly City, South San Francisco, San Mateo, Berkeley, and Oakland.

About a dozen other providers offer broadband speeds up to 100 Mbps, with Suddenlink and Sonic leading the pack for affordable pricing. If you live off the San Francisco Peninsula, you can get coverage from Xfinity and AT&T all the way up to Sausalito and beyond.

Summary of San Francisco internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
AT&T DSL & Fiber 1000 Mbps 3.0/5
Xfinity Cable 1000 Mbps 2.5/5
Viasat Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
Suddenlink Communications Cable 10 Mbps 2.5/5
HughesNet Satellite 25 Mbps 2.5/5
Sonic DSL 25 Mbps N/A
Race Communications Fiber 100 Mbps N/A
Sail Internet Fiber & Fixed Wireless 300 Mbps N/A
Raw Bandwidth Telecom, Inc. Fiber 1000 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 Francisco

San Francisco is the 15th-most populous city in the US, a major tech hub, and world renowned financial center. What that means for locals is that the internet options are good here. With over two dozen providers in San Francisco to choose from, your choice of internet provider might hinge on more than just availability. Price, reliability, and customer service vary in the Bay Area, and you can look at each factor to find the best provider for you.

According to our 2018 internet provider satisfaction survey, the top-rated providers in the Bay Area are AT&T, Suddenlink, and Xfinity. But, to be fair, our survey doesn’t include some of San Francisco’s smaller Internet Service Providers like Race, Sonic, and Raw Bandwidth. Smaller internet companies are often rated better for customer service.

Fastest internet service providers in San Francisco

AT&T offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Xfinity offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Viasat offers internet at speeds up to 25 Mbps

Suddenlink Communications offers internet at speeds up to 10 Mbps

If you’re looking for fiber internet in San Francisco, you’re in luck. The Bay Area has excellent fiber coverage. Several providers have built out fiber networks in downtown San Francisco with blazing fast speeds up to 1 gigabit (1,000 Mbps), including Xfinity, Raw Broadband, Wave, and AT&T. Xfinity’s gigabit plan is priced lower than the same speed plan from AT&T, although AT&T’s customer service is rated higher.

If you’re looking for speeds between 50–100 Mbps (which is plenty fast for 3–5 devices to stream video simultaneously), you have a lot more choices. Xfinity comes in at a higher price point for lower-speed plans, so you’ll probably save money by going with AT&T, Wave, or Suddenlink if you want a plan with speeds around 100 Mbps or under.

Sonic and Race aren’t as widely available as the bigger name brands, but they still offer great prices for the speed and better customer service. So if these providers offer services in your neighborhood, check them out.

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AT&T vs. Xfinity

If speed is what you’re after, it’s a tie between AT&T and Xfinity. But AT&T has lower prices and better customer service, while Xfinity has a better hotspot network.

Read more about AT&T vs. Xfinity

AT&T Installation Guide

Save $99 by skipping a professional AT&T internet installation and ordering a self-install kit instead. We’ll show you what you need to do to set up AT&T in San Francisco.

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Xfinity Installation Guide

Deciding between self-install or professional Xfinity install? This guide walks you through both so you can choose the best option.

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San Francisco residential internet coverage

Downtown San Francisco residents have many options for high-speed internet, including big names like AT&T and Xfinity as well as local providers like Raw Bandwidth and Race. Residents can choose from seven or more providers in the neighborhoods of Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, SoMa, Haight-Ashbury, Sunset District, Forest Hill, Chinatown, the Castro, and other areas.

The selection of internet providers thins out as you head south, but almost all of the Bay Area offers speeds up to 1 gig (1,000 Mbps) from Xfinity and AT&T. Raw Bandwidth offers speeds up to 1 gig in South Beach, SoMa, and Potrero Hill, but it currently doesn’t offer service in Mission Bay or the Mission.

For affordable home internet for 2 to 4 devices in the same apartment, Sonic offers speeds up to 25 Mbps in downtown SF. Sonic offers coverage from Fisherman’s Wharf to Lands End to Daly City. There are a few pockets where you can’t get Sonic, such as Brisbane, Edgemar, Sharp Park, and Lakeshore. Sonic also serves the San Jose, Berkeley, Vallejo, and Santa Rosa areas.

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Featured customer reviews

AT&T

“Really poor customer service and services… Already dropped TV service [with AT&T]  due to continued poor service and problems.”

—Adrienne Kulcsa

Xfinity

“I have Xfinity and for all of my experiences with them and their services, I have nothing but good things to say.”

—Joe Harkins

Viasat

“It’s slow. When sold to me I was told I could watch Netflix, no problem. It’s horrible.”

—Mercedes Yeowell

San Francisco internet FAQ

Where can I find the best internet deals in the Bay Area?

For great deals on internet in San Francisco, we recommend Race Broadband’s basic internet plan ($25 per month), the starter package from Xfinity ($29.99 per month), or the phone and internet bundle from Sonic ($40 per month). If you want something beyond the basics, but still affordable, AT&T’s 100 Mbps fiber plan is also a great deal ($50 per month).  For great deals on other speeds, check out our recommendations at the top of the page. 

Is gigabit internet available in San Francisco?

If you’re looking for gigabit internet in the Bay, you’re in luck. There are several providers that offer fiber internet in San Francisco with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps (1 gigabit), including Xfinity, AT&T, and Raw Bandwidth. For the best price on blazing fast internet, check out Xfinity’s gigabit package, which is priced lower than other providers.

Are there any Bay Area internet providers that don’t require a contract?

Xfinity has several contract-free internet plans in the Bay Area. You will pay about $10 more per month than if you have a 12-month contract. But if you think you might move within the year, it’ll pay off to avoid an Early Termination Fee (ETF). Raw Bandwidth also offers month-to-month internet plans.

If you’re looking for a contract-free ISP (Internet Service Provider) in the Bay Area, steer clear of AT&T, Suddenlink, Race, Viasat, and Sonic. They all require you to sign at least a 12-month contract. Cancelling service early could result in an Early Termination Fee, which can cost you somewhere around $20 per month for each month remaining on your contract.

What are good internet speeds for myself and a couple roommates?

If you’re sharing internet with a few roommates, good internet speeds could be anywhere from 20 Mbps to 400 Mbps, depending on how you use the internet and how often you’re home. There’s no reason to pay more for speed you don’t need, but not having enough speed is frustrating. Take video streaming and gaming into special consideration since they require the most speed. 

If you want to get the right internet speed for your home, use our “How much internet speed do I need?” tool to find out exactly how much speed you and your roommates will need to stay connected without any arguments.

How do I measure my internet speed to see if my provider really delivers the speed I need?

Does it seem like your internet is always slower than you need it to be? You can easily measure internet speeds with our “How much internet speed do I need?” tool. If your internet speed is significantly below your advertised speed, you may live in a building where a shared cable box hub creates slowing. Calling your provider about the issue or picking a new provider altogether (as long as you aren’t still under contract) can help correct this problem.

Are there any alternatives to Comcast internet in San Francisco that offer comparable speeds?

Yes, you can find alternatives to Comcast internet in San Francisco with AT&T or Raw Bandwidth. Xfinity by Comcast has less-than-stellar customer service ratings, so that drives many to seek alternatives. 

If you don’t need the fastest gigabit plan, Race Communications is a local internet provider that offers highly rated fiber internet in the Bay Area. Race offers speeds up to 100 Mbps, which isn’t gigabit but it’s still lightning fast.

What’s the lowest-priced internet in the Bay?

Your best bet for the lowest-priced internet in San Francisco is going to be a slower speed broadband connection. These plans are good for those who don’t need blazing fast gigabit speeds (or the price tag to go along with it). Xfinity’s starter plan is $29.99 per month for 15 Mbps. In some neighborhoods, you can get basic broadband internet from Race Communications at $25 per month for 25 Mbps, which is a better deal, although it’s not available everywhere. You can also check out the basic plans from Sonic, Xfinity, or Suddenlink for low-priced internet in the Bay Area.

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