San Antonio Internet | Service Providers in San Antonio

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About Internet Service in San Antonio

There doesn’t seem to be a majority demand for high-speed Internet services in Texas. A non-profit research group known as Connected Texas revealed that over 31 percent of adults in the state do not have Internet access. A lack of demand could help explain the low Internet speeds in San Antonio, which is actually a trend across many cities in Texas. Surprisingly, the residents of this city have six ISPs to choose from – an unusually large number of choices in a state with such low online participation.

San Antonio Quick Facts

  • Total Area (sq miles): 435
  • Population: 1,372,676
  • Housing Units: 552,665
San Antonio Education Levels Overall U.S. Education Levels
H.S. Graduates 76.0% 80.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 23.5% 24.8%
San Antonio Resident Incomes Overall U.S. Incomes
Median Income $49,863 $58,283
Poverty Rate 17.0% 15.8%
Below $25k 28.8% 24.1%
$25k-$50k 34.2% 30.0%
$50k-$100k 28.7% 30.6%
$100k-$200k 12.4% 16.5%
$200k or more 2.6% 4.2%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Access in San Antonio

City Connectivity

San Antonio has surprisingly high Internet accessibility, with complete wireless and DSL coverage. However, this city completely lacks fiber optic connections, which might explain the low speed, on average, in San Antonio (analyzed below).

City Accessibility Rates Overall U.S. Rates
DSL 96.4% 89.7%
Fiber 0.1% 23.3%
Cable 100.0% 88.6%
Wireless 100.0% 99.0%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Speed in San Antonio

San Antonio’s Internet speeds might seem surprisingly slow for a city of this size. However, Texas as a whole tends to have slower speeds than (such as Oklahoma and New Mexico), clocking in at 17.94 Mbps for downloads and 4.71 Mbps in uploads. However, this seems to be a trend for other densely populated cities in Texas. For example, Dallas, which has a comparable population to San Antonio, has download speeds of 16.51 Mbps and upload speeds of 4.88 Mbps.

  • Upload Speed: 15.67 Mbps
  • Download Speed: 2.93 Mbps
  • Source: NetIndex.com

San Antonio-Area Providers

While residents in San Antonio have lower connectivity speeds, they do have access to an unusually high amount of residential ISPs. Six different companies provide home broadband or wireless Internet service – albeit with extremely low speeds.

For San Antonio, the final list of residential ISPs looks like this:

  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Sprint Nextel
  • Ranch Wireless
  • Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Verizon (High Speed DSL)

  • Service Areas: Some coverage based on residential address
  • Service Tiers: High Speed Internet and High Speed Internet Enhanced
  • Downstream Speeds: 0.5 – 15 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $19.99 and $29.99 (One year minimum contract)
  • Features and Limitations: Verizon’s services can be bundled with TV and phone services. However, Verizon’s downstream times are extremely low when compared to national and state averages.

AT&T (U-Verse)

  • Service Areas: Availability based on residential address in San Diego
  • Service Tiers: Pro, Elite, Max, Max Plus, Max Turbo, and Power
  • Downstream Speeds: 3 Mbps, 6 Mbps, 12 Mbps, 18 Mbps, 24 Mbps, and 45 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $29.95, $34.95, $44.95, $54.95, and $64.95
  • Features and Limitations: AT&T provides subscribers with a complementary router and anti-virus software. However you must sign up for a 12-month contract to maintain the prices listed, and it can be quite expensive to get a plan that meets the city speed average.

T-Mobile (Mobile Internet)

  • Service Areas: 4G LTE coverage across San Diego
  • Service Tiers: 500 MB, 2.5 GB, 4.5 GB, 6.5 GB, 8.5 GB, and 10.5 GB
  • Downstream Speeds: 13.11 Mbps – 36.65 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $20, $30, $40, $50, $60, and $70
  • Features and Limitations: The mobile hotspot technology allow you to bring your connection with you anywhere. However, 4G connection speeds can fluctuate dramatically depending on the cellular reception at a specific point in the city.

Time Warner Cable

  • Service Areas: Availability based on residential address in San Diego
  • Service Tiers: Everyday low price, basic, standard, turbo, extreme, and ultimate.
  • Downstream Speeds: 2 Mbps – 50 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $14.99, $29.99, $34.99, $44.99, $54.99, $54.99, and $64.99
  • Features and Limitations: Time Warner offers much more affordable pricing tiers than other service providers, however they also have the lowest starting speeds. Almost all of the tiers require a 12-month contract, with the exception of the “Everyday Low Price” plan.

Sprint

  • Service Areas: Available across San Antonio
  • Service Tiers: 3GB, 6GB, and 12 GB connection plans
  • Downstream Speeds: 600 Kbps – 6 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $34.99, $49.99, and $79.99
  • Features and Limitations: Sprint’s mobile hotspots can be connected to computers and other mobile devices at any location with cellular reception. However, these plans tend to be quite expensive when compared to other ISPs in the San Antonio area. Additionally, the downstream times are very low due to the 3G and 4G wireless protocols used.

Ranch Wireless

  • Service Areas: Available across San Antonio
  • Service Tiers: Basic, ranch hand, ranch boss, ranch max, and ranch super max residential.
  • Downstream Speeds: 1 Mbps – 6 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $29.95, $49.95, $69.95, $89.95, and $119.95
  • Features and Limitations: Ranch Wireless includes data caps ranging between 30 GB to 300 GB, which can restrict your usage if you exceed these amounts each month. Also, the maximum downstream speeds are surprisingly low when compared to other ISPs.

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