Fresno Internet | Service Providers in Fresno

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About Internet Service in Fresno

Fresno’s Internet connections are slow by any measure; its average download speed is below the state and national average, and Fresno is ranked outside of the top 50 California communities. With that said, this central valley city is making efforts to improve its connectivity issues.

Fresno Quick Facts

  • Total Area (sq miles): 100
  • Population: 509,660
  • Housing Units: 181,452
Fresno Education Levels Overall U.S. Education Levels
H.S. Graduates 67.5% 80.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 18.8% 24.8%
Fresno Resident Incomes Overall U.S. Incomes
Median Income $50,532 $58,283
Poverty Rate 26.8% 15.8%
Below $25k 29.9% 24.1%
$25k-$50k 31.7% 30.0%
$50k-$100k 28.7% 30.6%
$100k-$200k 13.8% 16.5%
$200k or more 2.5% 4.2%


Internet Access in Fresno

City Connectivity

Fresno’s connectivity issues are not due to lack of infrastructure, given that the city exceeds national averages in all areas except fiber, for which it offers a weak 5.4 %. Fresno’s problem lies not within the quantity of connection options, but in the quality of the options available, which ensure Fresno’s subpar connection speeds.

City Accessibility Rates Overall U.S. Rates
DSL 93.3% 89.7%
Fiber 5.4% 23.3%
Cable 98.5% 88.6%
Wireless 100% 99.0%


Internet Speed in Fresno

Fresno’s nearly 510,000 residents occupy an area of 100 square miles, which results in a low population density, providing little motivation for companies to build expensive new lines in order to deliver higher connection speeds. Compton, another California city, is slightly lower on the economic spectrum than Fresno and boasts the fastest connections in the state, with download speeds that almost triple the national average. To add insult to injury, Fresno’s cost per Mbps is $4.56, which is $1.20 higher than the 50th highest rate in the state.

  • Upload Speed: 4.99 Mbps
  • Download Speed: 19.62 Mbps
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Fresno-Area Providers

Currently, Fresno has only two residential ISPs, which further exacerbate the lack of competition necessary to drive improvements in performance. There are other providers in the city, but we have not listed them because they exclusively service business accounts.

For Fresno, the final list of ISPs looks like this:


  • Service Areas: Service and availability based on address
  • Service Tiers: Extreme 105, Blast, Performance Sarter, Performance, and Economy Plus
  • Downstream Speeds: 105 Mbps, 50 Mbps, 6 Mbps, 25 Mbps, and 3 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $39.99 – $89.99
  • Features and Limitations: Subscribers have the option of bundling Internet with cable television services in a variety of configurations marketed under the Double Play name. Triple Play bundles combine Internet, TV, and telephone services for greater savings when compared to a la carte purchases. Two of the less expensive Internet packages, the Economy Plus (3 Mbps) and Performance Starter (6 Mbps), provide download speeds that are significantly lower than the city-wide average of 17.83 Mbps. Comcast’s pricing model favors bundled service purchases over Internet-only customers.

AT&T U-Verse

  • Service Areas: Availability based on address
  • Service Tiers: Pro, Elite, Max, Max Plus, and Max Turbo
  • Downstream Speeds: 3 Mbps, 6 Mbps, 12 Mbps, 18 Mbps, and 24 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $41, $46, $51, $56, and $66
  • Features and Limitations: AT&T includes equipment such as a wireless router and security software as part of their Internet packages. Unlike Stephouse, AT&T requires a minimum 12-month commitment.

City Subscriber Resources

  • Fresno Information Services: The purpose of this department is to serve the community by the effective and innovative use of technology.