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Homes in Richmond have three top choices: Xfinity, AT&T, and Sonic. For most residents, Xfinity is the cheaper option while AT&T and Sonic offer premium service upgrades for $15–35 per month more.

Features based on 2024 address tests in Richmond District.
Base Price$19.99/mo. sign-up price$49.99/mo. sign-up price$55/mo. flat rate
Download speed range75–2,000 Mbps10,000 Mbps5–5,000 Mbps
Upload speed range5–200 Mbps10,000 Mbps1–5,000 Mbps
Network optionsCable, FiberFiberDSL, Fiber
Contract termsContract required for discount priceContract-freeContract-free

Xfinity is the most common choice in Richmond (and San Francisco generally) thanks to the extremely low entry price and the bundled TV and mobile options. This option isn’t the fastest for internet locally, but most homes won’t notice the difference between Xfinity’s 75 Mbps base service and AT&T’s 300 Mbps base service. What they will notice is the price, which is a full $15–35 per month cheaper than competing fiber offers.

AT&T and Sonic have patchwork coverage in the Richmond area, so you may find that one or both is available at your address. AT&T has the most options for bundling other services like TV; Sonic’s key selling point is the ultra-fast 2 Gig service, which is appealing for techies and home offices.

Sonic fiber availability in Richmond tends to be more sparse along Arguello Blvd and near the University of San Francisco.

Map of Richmond neighborhood.
Because Richmond is strongly served by both fiber and cable providers, most customers can access 100 Mbps+ internet service at affordable rates relative to the rest of San Francisco.

Overall, we suggest Xfinity for price shoppers. Those willing to pay a premium for a higher service level can select between AT&T and Sonic based on price at their address.

Earthlink is really only worth considering for AT&T customers who want cheaper service over the same line. Earthlink leases their lines from AT&T in San Francisco, but sometimes offers the same service level at a cheaper price.

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Page Summary
  • Sonic and Xfinity are the most prevalent internet options for Richmond residents. Sonic offers speeds up to 2 Gbps, making it the fastest option. Xfinity is limited to 1 Gbps download, but has much lower pricing at the entry-level tier.
  • AT&T Fiber is also offered in The Richmond District; their lines are leased to Earthlink locally, producing a fourth widespread internet option.
  • Wireless service alternatives like T-Mobile 5G and Monkeybrains have been slow to reach Inner and Outer Richmond due to slow permitting to expand 5G infrastructure.

Jameson Zimmer
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