Internet Service Providers in
Santa Barbara, CA

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13 internet providers in Santa Barbara, CA

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Speeds up to245 Mbps
5G Home Internet 58% coverage in Santa Barbara, CA Reliability data not available
Speeds up to2000 Mbps
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Cable & Fiber Internet 99% coverage in Santa Barbara, CA Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
Speeds up to150 Mbps
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Satellite Internet 82% coverage in Santa Barbara, CA Thumbs Up Somewhat reliable
Speeds up to100 Mbps
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Satellite Internet 99% coverage in Santa Barbara, CA Thumbs Up Somewhat reliable
Speeds up to5000 Mbps
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DSL & Fiber Internet 99% coverage in Santa Barbara, CA Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
Speeds up to2000 Mbps
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Fiber & Fixed Wireless Internet 99% coverage in Santa Barbara, CA Reliability data not available
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Speeds up to200 Mbps
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Cable & DSL Internet 95% coverage in Santa Barbara, CA Reliability data not available
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Speeds up to5G
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Mobile Internet Available in Santa Barbara, CA Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
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Mobile Internet Available in Santa Barbara, CA Reliability data not available
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Mobile Internet Available in Santa Barbara, CA Reliability data not available
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Mobile Internet Available in Santa Barbara, CA Reliability data not available
Speeds up to5G
Mobile Internet Available in Santa Barbara, CA Reliability data not available
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Mobile Internet Available in Santa Barbara, CA Reliability data not available

Santa Barbara, CA provider recommendations

Frontier and Cox are the two best internet providers folks living in Santa Barbara. Frontier has low prices on its fiber internet plans for the first year of service, and it also delivers symmetrical speeds and unlimited data—making Frontier a great whether you’re a budget-conscious UCSB student or a family nestled in Mission Canyon. If you’re not a student and live year-round in areas like the Mesa, Cox also makes for a solid pick. The cable provider offers a range of reliable, affordable internet plans, including a gigabit option. Whether you go with Frontier or Cox, you can get plenty of bandwidth for streaming Lakers and Dodgers games.

T Mobile
T-Mobile Home Internet
pro Speeds up to 245 Mbps
pro 5G + Home connections
Cox
Cox Communications
pro Speeds up to 2000 Mbps
pro Fiber connections

Tech type availability in Santa Barbara, CA

Fiber availability

100%

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Renowned for its reliability, fiber can reach download and upload speeds up to 10,000Mbps. While it isn’t available everywhere, it’s the best internet you can get.

Cable availability

99%

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Cable is bread-and-butter internet—widely available, often affordable, and very fast, delivering download speeds that range anywhere from 25Mbps to 1,200Mbps.

DSL availability

99%

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DSL maxes out at 100Mbps, but many DSL customers get much slower speeds than that. DSL is becoming obsolete, but it’s still a solid option in rural areas.

Satellite availability

94%

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Satellite is available practically everywhere, even in the most remote parts of the country. It’s costly and comes with strict data limits and slow speeds, so use it as a last resort.

Fastest internet plans and providers in
Santa Barbara, CA

The fastest internet providers can get you gigabit or even multi-gigabit speeds. Not everyone needs a 1,000Mbps connection or faster, but it’s worth the investment if you’re a power user or live in a large household.

Provider
Max Download Speed
Connection Type
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Frontier
5000 MbpsFiber
Cox
2000 MbpsFiber
Ranch WiFi
2000 MbpsFiber

How much speed do you need?

Take a look below at what you can do with different speeds commonly offered by internet service providers (ISPs). You can read more about the average user’s speed needs in our internet speed guide.

Internet Speed
No. of people
No. of devices
Activities
5–25Mbps 1–2 1–5 Casual web browsing • Emails • Social media • Streaming SD video • Streaming music
25–50Mbps 2–4 4–7 Streaming HD and 4K video • Streaming music • Online gaming • Light work from home
50–100Mbps 4–6 7–10 Streaming 4K video • Online gaming • Working from home • Using home security devices
100–500Mbps 6+ 10+ Streaming 4K video • Online gaming • Running a home office • Using home security and smart home devices
500–1,000Mbps 10+ 15+ Running a home office or creative profession • Streaming in 4K • Live streaming • Online gaming • Using home security and smart home devices

To get these numbers, we used the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadband speed guide, our streaming internet speed guide, and our Zoom internet speed guide.

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