For about a quarter of North Sacramento residents, the choice of internet provider is simple: you either get Xfinity, or you get no internet.
Luckily, this situation has been improving thanks to expansion of AT&T’s fiber internet footpring. In 2022, about 74% of homes within North Sac can get gigabit fiber from AT&T as an alternative to Comcast service.
However, Xfinity is still the cheapest option. At $19.99 per month for 50 Mbps, their base plan is less than half the entry price for AT&T’s base plan.
However, this is a case of “you get what you pay for,” since the AT&T plan offers 300 Mbps download and upload speeds. The Xfinity base plans, meanwhile, peters out a miserly 50 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload.
Earthlink also offers services in North Sacramento, having entered the market in 2019. They lease their lines from AT&T, so the only practical difference is the price, billing, and customer service experience.
Base Internet Plans in North Sacramento
To make matters more complex, AT&T operates two coverage areas in North Sacramento. The larger one is fiber-optic, but the older locations still use telephone lines. They call this product “AT&T Internet” or “AT&T IPBB” when you sign up.
Here’s how AT&T Internet, AT&T Fiber, and Xfinity cable all compare locally:
|AT&T Internet||AT&T Fiber||Xfinity|
|Download Speed Range||Up to 500 Mbps||Up to 500 Mbps||Up to 300 Mbps|
|Network Type||DSL or IPBB (FTTN)||Fiber (FTTH)||Cable|
For AT&T Fiber and Xfinity, here’s a quick comparison of the key metrics for the most popular plans (for Comcast, most customers opt for a faster plan than the entry-level option).
|Plan Name||Speed Down/Up||Promo Price||Final Price|
|Fiber Internet 500||500/500 Mbps||$65/mo||$65|
Xfinity has a big caveat to be aware of, which is that the initial price is a “promotional rate” that times out after your first year contract.
Once the contract expires, they revert to non-discounted pricing. This can add up to quite a bit, as in the case of their entry plan Fast, which doubles in price from $19.99 to $50 in the thirteenth month of service.
Therefore, customers who plan to stick around for 1–2 years save considerably with Xfinity. Those who plan to stay subscribed for five years or more will find the cost difference to be small, especially when considering the massive difference in speed delivered.
Key comparison point
Xinity's base internet plan has a 40% price increase after 12 months. The average price of service in North Sacramento over two years is $60/month.
AT&T Fiber plans in North Sacramento
Fiber internet offers the fastest speed in North Sacramento, but comes at a higher cost for low-tier plans. At the high-end of speeds, their price for gigabit service is much lower than Xfinity.
As a plus, they also have higher upload speeds equivalent to the download offer, while Xfinity caps out at 35 Mbps for upload even on the gig download plans.
|Plan Name||Download Speed||Promo Price||Final Price|
|Internet 25||25 Mbps||$55/mo||$65|
|Fiber Internet 300||300 Mbps||$55/mo||$55|
|Fiber Internet 500||500 Mbps||$65/mo||$65|
|Fiber Internet 1000||940 Mbps||$80/mo||$80|
Xfinity plans in Atwater Village
Xfinity has lower speeds than AT&T Fiber, but also has wider coverage. For about a quarter of North Sacramento, their gigabit plan is the fastest option on the block. This is the case for much of North Natomas and Robla, where AT&T has been slower to expand at the street level.
|Plan Name||Speed Down/Up||Promo Price||Final Price|
|Connect More||100/5 Mbps||$39.99/mo||$60|
Internet Coverage in North Sacramento
Cable coverage is widespread in North Sacramento, and virtually all blocks have the upgraded DOCSIS 3.1 systems that support gigabit download speeds and enhanced upload speed approaching 35 Mbps.
In lower-income neighborhoods, wireless hotspots are common as an internet alternative. T-Mobile is the preferred provider for hotspot service in North Sacramento, since they’ve built out a degree of 5G coverage.
Internet alternatives in North Sacramento
Earthlink is the only widespread alternative to Xfinity and AT&T in North Sacramento. They lease lines from AT&T, so the speed is very similar to what you get subscribing to AT&T at any given address.
The advantage of going with Earthlink is simply that the pricing and customer service is different. They sometimes also offer budget plans in areas where AT&T does not, meaning you can get fiber service below 300 Mbps at a cheaper price than AT&T’s “budget” plan of 300 Mbps for $55 per month.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the cable company in North Sacramento?
Xfinity is the primary cable company in North Sacramento, covering neighborhoods including North and South Natomas, Del Paso Heights, and Old Sacramento. Plan pricing starts low for the market, at $19.99 per month for internet-only service.
Are there any alternatives to Comcast in North Sacramento?
AT&T Fiber is the primary competitor to Xfinity in North Sacramento and the surrounding area. Since 2017, AT&T has expanded fiber service to cover 74% of homes in 2022.
What is the cheapest internet in North Sacramento?
The cheapest internet option in North Sacramento is Xfinity, which offers a budget 50 Mbps plan for $19.99 per month. The next-closest provider price is AT&T's entry plan at $55, representing a $35 monthly savings for Xfinity customers. However, AT&T Fiber plans locally offer much faster upload speeds and are better suited to home offices.