Best Internet Providers in Sacramento, California

Looking for an internet provider can be tricky. 

But choosing the right internet option is an important decision. Without some research, you could end up stuck in a lengthy contract, dealing with disappointing performance or even paying too much. 

The good news is that many of those negative outcomes are taken off the table in Sacramento. The city has some spectacular fiber connections, though some are available only to a few residents. Fortunately, the best of both worlds, AT&T Fiber, is relatively available and it's fast. Chances are, if you're looking for super-fast internet in Sacramento, you can find a way to get it. And if you're in a tricky spot, there's probably an option for you, too. 

Best internet providers in Sacramento

The City of Trees may not be the California city that comes to mind when you think of technology. But it's nestled just a couple of hours away from Silicon Valley, so it's no surprise that Sacramento has plenty of connectivity options -- from fast fiber to traditional cable and even 5G at home

Note: The prices, speeds and features detailed in the article text may differ from those listed in the product detail cards, which represent providers’ national offerings. Your particular internet service options -- including prices and speeds -- depend on your address and may differ from those detailed here.


AT&T Fiber

Best overall among internet providers in Sacramento

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If your aim is purely for the best quality possible, our pick for the best overall ISP in Sacramento is AT&T Fiber. 

  • Speed 7 / 10
  • Value 7.5 / 10
  • Customer Care 7.5 / 10
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AT&T Internet 100

Best availability among internet providers in Sacramento

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For most, Sacramento has the luxury of a variety of internet providers. But even in the most well-covered city, some are simply searching for what's available. Fortunately, multiple providers cover nearly every home and office in the city, and AT&T's Internet 100 is one of them. 

  • Speed 7 / 10
  • Value 7.5 / 10
  • Customer Care 7.5 / 10
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T-Mobile Home Internet

Best fixed wireless among internet providers in Sacramento

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Depending on location and needs, a fixed wireless option may make sense rather than a traditional wired or cable connection. In Sacramento, most have access to T-Mobile Home Internet, a solid option for those seeking a fixed wireless plan. 

  • Speed 6.5 / 10
  • Value 7.5 / 10
  • Customer Care 8 / 10
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Best budget option among internet providers in Sacramento

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Sometimes, you just need to be able to connect. 

  • Speed 7.5 / 10
  • Value 6.5 / 10
  • Customer Care 7 / 10
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Overview of Sacramento internet providers

Provider Internet technologyMonthly price rangeSpeed rangeMonthly equipment costsData capContractCNET review score
AT&T DSL/fiber$55-$18010-5,000MbpsNone1.5TB for plans below 100MbpsNone7.4
DigitalPath Fixed wireless$62-$763-100MbpsNoneVariesOne yearN/A
EarthLink DSL$55 12-75MbpsNoneNoneNone6.3
Fidium Fiber$35-$7550Mbps-2GbpsNoneNoneNoneN/A
HughesNet Satellite$50-$15025 Mbps$15 or $450 one-time feeVariesTwo years5.7
T-Mobile Home Internet Fixed wireless$50 72-245MbpsNoneNoneNone7.4
Viasat Satellite$50-$20012-150Mbps$13 per month or $299 one-time purchaseNoneTwo years6.1
Verizon 5G Home Internet Fixed Wireless$25-$7085-1,000MbpsNoneNoneNone7.2
Xfinity Cable$20-$12075-2,000Mbps$15 1.2TBVaries7
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All available Sacramento residential internet providers

They may not be the fastest, cheapest or most available, but other ISP options exist in Sacramento. If you need an option outside of the top of our list, some satellite and fixed wireless providers are around as well. Here are the other available providers beyond our best picks: 

  • DigitalPath: An option for those in remote areas or with few other options, DigitalPath offers a variety of connections that depend largely on geography. In rural areas, speeds may be as low as 3Mbps. The provider also requires a contract, which is a bit more pricey than other options.  
  • EarthLink: With a relatively low-speed DSL connection that costs $55 a month, EarthLink's Sacramento offerings don't fit into many plans. They're also one of our lower-rated providers and aren't available to everyone in the Sacramento area.
  • Fidium: Part of the Consolidated Communications "family," Fidium is the new kid on the block. They offer blazing-fast speeds and low costs (that increase after a promotional period) but aren't available everywhere.
  • HughesNet: This provider offers a satellite fix for those with very limited options (a rarity in Sacramento). Though their speeds are low, HughesNet specializes in getting internet access to people who may otherwise struggle to find it. For us, their quality is low enough to make them worth skipping.
  • Viasat: Another satellite option, Viasat may be the best bet for some who want a satellite option in Sacramento. They're more viable than other satellite options with plans that run from $50 to $200 a month and a decent top speed. However, they do require a two-year contract and an equipment fee.
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Sacramento broadband at a glance

Sacramento has several great options for internet, whether you have access to fiber, cable or even fixed wireless providers. With great options like AT&T Fiber, there's little need for most Sacramento residents to explore offerings from smaller companies. But as in many cities, a couple of areas need to seek other options. In those cases, fixed wireless providers such as T-Mobile are likely the best path.

Pricing info on Sacramento home internet service

With an average starting price of just about $49, the internet is available at a relatively affordable rate in Sacramento compared to other cities CNET has covered. Xfinity offers the most budget-friendly option, but six providers offer rates starting under $60 monthly.

Cheap internet options in the Sacramento metro area

With most plans at or around $50 a month, you should be able to find an affordable option for internet in Sacramento. The absolute cheapest internet options in Sacramento will cost you approximately $20 a month, assuming you're OK with Xfinity's slowest options. 

Otherwise, multiple providers offer something relatively affordable, so if you're not in the market for the fastest speeds and you don't live in the most rural areas of Sacramento, you should be able to find a good provider that doesn't break your wallet. 

And in case you may qualify, you should look into the Affordable Connectivity Program, which may be able to get you your internet for free. 

What are the cheapest internet plans in Sacramento?

Provider Starting priceMax download speedMonthly equipment feeContract
Xfinity $20 75Mbps$15 One year
Fidium $35 50MbpsNoneNone
Viasat $50 12Mbps$13 a month or $299 one-time paymentTwo years
HughesNet $50 25Mbps$15 or $450 one-time paymentTwo years
T-Mobile Home Internet $50 245MbpsNoneNone
EarthLink $55 12MbpsNoneNone
AT&T Fiber $55 300MbpsNoneNone
DigitalPath $62 3MbpsNoneNone
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Fastest internet providers in Sacramento

The city's two largest providers are pretty fast, but one small ISP is its fastest. If you want speeds over 200Mbps, you have the option of stalwarts AT&T and Xfinity or the newer option, Fidium, and its 2Gbps speed. Satellite and cheaper options are as low as 3 or 10Mbps, while AT&T Fiber goes all the way to 5,000Mbps. 

In Sacramento, just two providers get into the realm of multi-gigabit speed. AT&T Fiber's 5,000Mbps is king, but the relatively unknown Fidium is another option, with a fast 2Gbps speed available to some Sacramento residents. For most, however, AT&T Fiber's 5,000Mbps and Xfinity's 1,200Mbps will be the top options. 

What are the fastest internet plans in Sacramento?

Provider Max download speedMax upload speedStarting priceData capContract
AT&T 5 GIG 5Gbps5Gbps$180 NoneNone
AT&T 2 GIG 2Gbps2Gbps$110 NoneNone
Fidium 2-Gig 2Gbps2Gbps$75 NoneNone
Xfinity Gigabit Extra 1.2Gbps35Mbps$80 1.2TBNone
Fidium 1-Gig 1Gbps1Gbps$55 NoneNone
AT&T Internet 1000 1,000Mbps1,000Mbps$80 NoneNone
Xfinity Gigabit 1,000Mbps20Mbps$75 1.2TBNone
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What's the final word on internet providers in Sacramento?

Internet speeds in Sacramento come down to one main factor: Is fiber available to you? 

If it is, you have some great options. AT&T and Fidium have extremely fast connections that aren't too expensive. And if you can't get either, Xfinity's gigabit plans aren't a bad option. There are also some affordable choices for those who don't care about multi-gig plans and even some options for those living in hard-to-reach areas. 

How CNET chose the best internet providers in Sacramento

Internet service providers are numerous and regional. Unlike the latest smartphone, laptop, router or kitchen tool, it’s impractical to personally test every ISP in a given city. So what’s our approach? We start by researching the pricing, availability and speed information drawing on our own historical ISP data, the provider sites and mapping information from the Federal Communications Commission at

But it doesn’t end there. We go to the FCC’s website to check our data and ensure we’re considering every ISP that provides service in an area. We also input local addresses on provider websites to find specific options for residents. To evaluate how happy customers are with an ISP's service, we look at sources including the American Customer Satisfaction Index and J.D. Power. ISP plans and prices are subject to frequent changes; all information provided is accurate as of the time of publication. 

Once we have this localized information, we ask three main questions: 

  • Does the provider offer access to reasonably fast internet speeds? 
  • Do customers get decent value for what they're paying? 
  • Are customers happy with their service? 

While the answer to those questions is often layered and complex, the providers who come closest to “yes” on all three are the ones we recommend. 

To explore our process in more depth, visit our How We Test ISPs page.

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Updated on June 18, 2023

Written by  Andrew King
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