San Diego Internet | Service Providers in San Diego

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About Internet Service in San Diego

San Diego internet users have a fair amount of connectivity options, with four mainstream ISP companies providing the majority of residents with wireless or DSL services. Online download speeds in this city are about nine percent slower than the national average of 20.74 Mbps, however this might be due to the dense population in San Diego.

San Diego Quick Facts

  • Total Area (sq miles): 345
  • Population: 1,327,077
  • Housing Units: 532,043
San Diego Education Levels Overall U.S. Education Levels
H.S. Graduates 81.0% 80.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 35.1% 24.8%
San Diego Resident Incomes Overall U.S. Incomes
Median Income $71,176 $58,283
Poverty Rate 14.8% 15.8%
Below $25k 19.4% 24.1%
$25k-$50k 25.5% 30.0%
$50k-$100k 30.9% 30.6%
$100k-$200k 22.0% 16.5%
$200k or more 6.7% 4.2%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Access in San Diego

City Connectivity

When it comes to most connectivity technologies, San Diego residents enjoy higher rates of accessibility than the national average. However, residents in this city do not have much access to fiber optic connections, which can be 100 times faster than most broadband services. The lack of fiber connections can cut into the city’s average internet speeds.

City Accessibility Rates Overall U.S. Rates
DSL 97.7% 89.7%
Fiber 4.0% 23.3%
Cable 98.7% 88.6%
Wireless 99.5% 99.0%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Speed in San Diego

Internet speeds in this city are slightly slower than the state averages of 19.66 Mbps for downloads and 5.50 Mbps for uploads. Compton, a city south of Los Angeles, enjoys the fastest Internet speeds in California, hitting averages of 85.79 Mbps for downloads and 58.71 Mbps for uploads. Lower-population cities like Kerman also exceed San Diego averages, clocking in at 26.51 Mbps for downloads and 6.58 for uploads.

  • Upload Speed: 4.87 Mbps
  • Download Speed: 18.82 Mbps
  • Source: NetIndex.com

San Diego-Area Providers

San Diego is home to multiple residential and broadband providers. Companies such as Platinum Equity and Skyriver Communications provide Internet services exclusively for business organizations, so they will not be factored in the San Diego-area residential analysis.

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

Cox Communications

  • 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 services come bundled with a wireless router and security software. However their starting plan is quite pricey for extremely low downstream speeds, and you must sign a minimum 12-month agreement to keep this subscription price.

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: You can link your mobile devices and computers to a mobile hotspot provided by T-Mobile, allowing you to access your connection from any location. However, mobile connections tend to be much slower than corded connections. The speeds also fluctuate, depending on 4G reception nearby.

Verizon (High Speed DSL)

  • Service Areas: Availability based on residential address in San Diego
  • 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 lets subscribers bundle their TV and telephone services for additional savings. However, the downstream rates are extremely low, especially when compared to the state’s downstream averages.

City Subscriber Resources

  • Protecting Children Online – The San Diego County District Attorney has compiled safety tips for parents and youth browsing the Internet.
  • The Web for Learners – The San Diego Public Library provides a list of helpful online resources for people learning how to browse the Internet for digital publicaitons.
  • Internet Access Services – These are the guidelines patrons must observe while using public computers at the San Diego Public Library.
    Wireless FAQ – The San Diego Law Library answers common questions about their free online directories and Wi-Fi service.