Sacramento Internet Access Facts & Statistics

Sacramento households have 2–3 internet options on average, ranging from 25 Mbps DSL to 1,000 Mbps fiber. The primary local residential internet service providers in Sacramento are as follows:

Provider Network Primary network coverage Down Up
ComcastCable, Fiber98%987 Mbps35 Mbps
AT&T CaliforniaDSL, Fiber94%100 Mbps20 Mbps
Consolidated CommunicationsFiber26%100 Mbps100 Mbps
Softcom Internet Communications, Inc.DSL10%6 Mbps1.5 Mbps
Frontier Communications CorporationDSL5%25 Mbps2 Mbps
Sonic.netDSL, Fiber4%80 Mbps20 Mbps

Summary Fiber Access Infrastructure All providers

The primary incumbent internet service providers within city limits are Comcast and AT&T. AT&T has built out substantial Fiber to the Home (FTTH) service in Sacramento. Consolidated Communications also offers fiber service locally, with a more local customer service experience.

Summary of internet access in Sacramento

12
residential internet providers in Sacramento.
16
business-focused internet providers in Sacramento.
2–3
internet options for most homes in Sacramento.

We’ve found a total of 28 internet providers in Sacramento: 12 residential providers and 16 business-only providers.

However, only 8 of those companies offer service to more than 1% of the Sacramento population. 20 local companies offer niche business service to small coverage areas, mostly enterprise services in business districts.

Small business internet is commonly available from the same companies offering residential internet in Sacramento. 11 of the residential providers locally offer SMB (Small-Medium Business) services at this time.

Wired internet network coverage in Sacramento

Coverage by network type in Sacramento is as follows:

98.44%
Cable coverage in Sacramento.
97.19%
DSL coverage in Sacramento.
53.87%
Fiber coverage in Sacramento.

Local internet service options in Sacramento

Consolidated Communications is the main “local” internet option in Sacramento. For customers in their fiber footprint, it’s the strongest wired broadband service in the city.

More recently, Sacramento became one of the first cities to pilot fixed 5G home internet service from Verizon in 2018. This service offers speeds ranging from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps. This service uses millimeter wave spectrum. 1

While their is no evidence of health risks with 5G service at this time, 5G small cells around Sacramento commonly have a “radiation warning” band attached to the pole directly below the small cell array. The reason the warning are attached high on the pole is because you have to be extremely close to the transmission device in order to be even close to what the FCC considers to be a safe range. On the ground, you are several thousand times below what are currently considered by the government to be safe levels of EMF exposure.

Fixed wireless internet options in Sacramento:

Provider brand nameNetworkFW coverageMaximum downloadMaximum upload
Succeed.NetFixed Wireless44%100 Mbps10 Mbps

1 Fixed Wireless Residential internet providers in Sacramento with at least 1% local coverage with their fixed wireless network. These providers may have other network types.

Fiber internet options in Sacramento

Provider brand nameNetworkFiber coverageMaximum downloadMaximum upload
AT&T CaliforniaFiber42%1000 Mbps1000 Mbps
Consolidated CommunicationsFiber26%100 Mbps100 Mbps

2 Fiber internet providers in Sacramento with at least 1% local coverage with their fiber network area. These providers may have other network types.

Infrastructure challenges to broadband internet access in Sacramento

Studies by local economic development organizations have found that low-income areas of Sacramento are not experiencing the same level of service as high-income areas. Local advocates believe that building stronger broadband in the city would lead to more economic inclusion and development.

In the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, Sacramento has become a hotspot for Bay Area tech workers relocating in search of lower rent while working remote jobs. While this is likely to increase housing prices, it is also likely to increase interest from private companies to service neighborhoods with competative broadband services. 2

All providers in Sacramento

Provider brand namePrimary networkPrimary network coverageMaximum downloadMaximum upload
ComcastCable98%987 Mbps35 Mbps
AT&T CaliforniaDSL94%100 Mbps20 Mbps
Succeed.NetFixed Wireless44%100 Mbps10 Mbps
Consolidated CommunicationsFiber26%100 Mbps100 Mbps
Softcom Internet Communications, Inc.DSL10%6 Mbps1.5 Mbps
Frontier Communications CorporationDSL5%25 Mbps2 Mbps
Sonic.netDSL4%80 Mbps20 Mbps
TPx CommunicationsFiber2%0 Mbps0 Mbps

8 residential and business internet providers in Sacramento with at least 1% local coverage with their primary network type.

Low-coverage providers in Sacramento

Provider brand namePrimary networkPrimary network coverageMaximum downloadMaximum upload
California Broadband ServicesFixed Wireless0.226%30 Mbps15 Mbps
DigitalPath, IncFixed Wireless0.210%10 Mbps2 Mbps
WaveCable0.052%250 Mbps20 Mbps
One Ring NetworksFixed Wireless0.019%10 Mbps10 Mbps
Google Fiber California, LLCFiber0.017%1000 Mbps1000 Mbps

5 residential internet providers in Sacramento with less than 1% local coverage. These are unlikely to be serviceable.

Page Summary
  • Sacramento has strong fiber and cable coverage, but most addresses are limited to two options for wired service.
  • Consolidated Communications offers a local fiber alternative within the city.
  • Verizon 5G home internet is available in Sacramento, one of the first markets in the world to receive home 5G services.

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