Best San Marcos Internet Service Providers
Broadband is defined as internet service with a minimum download speed of 25 Mbps. There are 6 choices for service in San Marcos, CA that meet this minimum speed threshold. Of course, many households will find this minimum speed is not sufficient for their needs, especially if they often have multiple downloads occurring simultaneously.
We aim to help you find the best choice when shopping for high speed internet service in San Marcos by using our ranking algorithm that takes into consideration the upload speed, download speed, coverage area and overall value. A summary of our results is as follows:
|Rank||Provider||Tech||Max Download Speed||Max Upload Speed||Availability|
|1||Cox||Cable, Fiber||1000 Mbps||1000 Mbps||89.3%|
|2||AT&T||DSL, Fiber||1000 Mbps||1000 Mbps||85.0%|
|3||Spectrum||Cable||940 Mbps||35 Mbps||45.3%|
|4||San Diego Broadband||wireless||100 Mbps||30 Mbps||80.6%|
|5||ViaSat||Satellite||100 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
|6||HughesNet||Satellite||25 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
San Marcos CA Internet Access Options
Studies have shown that the competition from having two or more broadband internet providers in a community leads to lower prices and better overall service.
The chart below graphs the segment of the population which has a choice of internet providers at four different ranges of download speeds.
Broadband Internet Speeds
For most users, the average download speed of their internet service is more important than their upload speed. However, upload speed plays at least some role for all users.
Average upload speeds in San Marcos of 8.33 Mbps are slower than the San Diego County upload speeds and faster than the statewide average for California.
San Marcos Internet Access Facts
Cable internet is available to 97.0% of the San Marcos population
Fiber optic internet is available to 23.3% of San Diego County residents
DSL internet is available to 95.1% of San Marcos residents
There are 6 residential internet providers in San Marcos, CA providing service to at least 15% of the city
The average download speed in San Marcos is 84.3% faster than the average in California and 48.3% faster than the national average of 32.4 Mbps
DSL internet is available to 83.5% of the San Diego County population
Internet Access Technologies
DSL, Cable, Fiber and Fixed Wireless are four common types of technology used to provide internet access. The following chart shows the percentage of San Marcos residents who have access to each of these technology types.
Internet Service FAQs
Who has the best internet service near me?
Our proprietary algorithm that takes into consideration download speed, upload speed, availability and overall value ranks Cox as the top provider for San Marcos, California.
How do the internet speeds in San Marcos compare to other cities in California?
How many broadband service providers are there near me?
Currently there are 6 companies that provide internet service to at least 15% of San Marcos, CA residents.
What is cable internet service?
Cable internet service streams data through the same coaxial cables used for cable television. In nearly all instances cable internet will be faster than DSL. Cable internet is available to nearly 90% of Americans but does not have as much coverage in remote areas as DSL.
What is Mbps?
Mbps is an abbreviation for Megabits Per Second and represents the rate of data transmission. A larger value for download Mbps or upload Mbps means a file will take less time to be sent than it will with an internet connection with a lower Mbps.
What download speed do I need to stream movies?
For HD movies and shows Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu all recommend a minimum of 5 Mbps. Streaming 4K/UHD content requires a minimum of 25 Mbps for Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu.
What locations were used in calculating broadband internet coverage for San Marcos, California?
The following zip codes were used: 92009, 92029, 92069, 92078, 92079, 92084 and 92096
Who has the fastest internet service in San Marcos?
Cox and AT&T with a download speed of 1000 Mbps provide the fastest internet service in San Marcos.
San Marcos Cable TV, Satellite TV and Streaming Services
Our ranking of internet service plans can make choosing a new provider fairly easy. Selecting a TV provider is more difficult as additional variables are involved. If you are a heavy TV viewer and/or watch in multiple rooms at the same time, a traditional cable TV package or satellite TV provider may be the best option for you. However, if you live in a rental property or a heavily wooded area, satellite TV may not be a viable option. Streaming TV packages can be a good option for many, especially if your internet plan does not have a data limit. Read through the pros and cons of the various TV packages available to you and chose the best match to your viewing needs.
- 125+ channels
- Flexible packages
- 85,000 OnDemand titles
- All plans feature sports, breaking news, movies plus Spectrum Originals
- 290+ channels
- Satellite coverage virtually anywhere
- 4 video package tiers
- Access to apps, Google assistant and 2000 hour smart DVR
- 85+ channels
- Unlimited cloud DVR
- Local network coverage
- Sports plus, Spanish plus and premium movie add-ons
- 140+ channels
- Unlimited cloud DVR
- Local network and sports coverage
- Unlimited streams in-home. TV to go with the DIRECTV app