Best internet providers in Santa Clarita, California
AT&T, Spectrum, and T-Mobile top our best internet providers list for Santa Clarita residents, and as different internet technologies, each has pros and cons to consider before you buy.
AT&T is our hands-down favorite ISP if fiber is available at your location. It’s fast, reliable, and pretty affordable, starting at $55 a month. If you can’t get fiber, Spectrum internet is another solid choice. As a cable provider, it has great speeds and reliability, but higher prices in the long run. Finally T-Mobile has coverage basically everywhere in the Santa Clarita area, but the service is a little less reliable.
Our top 3 ISP choices in Santa Clarita, CA
Our top three internet providers have different pros and cons to consider as you outfit your home in Santa Clarita.
#1: AT&T internet
Our expert reviewers almost always award AT&T the top spot if fiber is available in that location, and Santa Clarita is no exception. AT&T fiber is fast and reliable, with excellent customer service reviews. Currently, you can get 300 Mbps for $55 a month with no contract or monthly equipment fees.
Be aware that AT&T still has a lot of DSL service in Santa Clarita, but all new customers will only be offered fiber moving forward. This is great for Santa Clarita residents who qualify. But some locations—especially those in the southwest sections of the city—will probably have to wait as AT&T builds out its fiber network.
Read our full AT&T review.
#2: Spectrum internet
Spectrum has great coverage in the Santa Clarita area, with 95% of homes covered. There’s a little gap in coverage out in the western parts of Santa Clarita, specifically Mission Village, but since Mission Village is a growing area, coverage will likely change.
As a cable provider, Spectrum also boasts of 99.9% network reliability. (1) Overall, our expert reviewers love the speed, reliability, and customer service. The one downside, however, is the overall price. While Spectrum is currently offering 300 Mbps for $49.99 a month, there are small fees for setup and equipment that start to add up, and the price will go up after a year or two. It’s not a reason to write off Spectrum, but we do think it’s good to be prepared.
Read our full Spectrum review.
#3: T-Mobile Home internet
T-Mobile Home Internet has great coverage of Santa Clarita at an affordable price point. In fact, some current T-Mobile customers can add home internet starting at just $25 a month.
As fixed wireless internet, however, T-Mobile’s speeds can vary between 30 to 182 Mbps depending on how direct your connection is with the 5G tower and how busy the network is. That means T-Mobile might be a great product for you, but it also might not.
Luckily T-Mobile does offer a free 15-day trial so you’ll be able to see how it works for your location before you actually pay for it.
Read our full T-Mobile review.
All internet providers in Santa Clarita
If none of our favorites work for you, there are still a few other internet options in Santa Clarita. Fair warning: many don’t offer the same coverage or will cost you significantly more.
For example, Verizon 5G Home is an alternative fixed wireless provider, but it has coverage in only 15% of the area, so you might not even be able to sign up.
Other options include three satellite companies and Vast Networks, a California-specific fiber company. Vast Networks is a good product, but it mostly services businesses, and with basically no coverage in the Santa Clarita area, it doesn’t really matter. While the satellite companies have perfect coverage, we rarely recommend satellite internet because you’ll often get slower, less reliable service at a more expensive cost.
Fastest internet providers in Santa Clarita
AT&T fiber offers the fastest internet in Santa Clarita at 5 gigs of speed. However, unless you’re running complex coding or live streaming multiple video games, most homes don’t need that kind of speed. Instead, AT&T fiber’s slightly slower (and more affordable) package of 1 Gbps will be fast enough for pretty much all users. Spectrum also offers 1 Gbps, although the upload speeds tap out at 100 Mbps while AT&T’s goes up to 1 Gbps.
How much speed do you need?
Cheapest internet providers in Santa Clarita
If you’re already a T-Mobile customer, T-Mobile Home Internet is probably the cheapest option for internet in Santa Clarita. In fact, you can actually get home internet through T-Mobile for $30 a month if you have a Go5G Plus or Magenta MAX phone plan.
If you’re not already a T-Mobile customer, Spectrum is the next cheapest option, offering 100 Mbps for around $30 a month. This price is locked in for the first 12 months, but you should expect a significant price increase in year two.
Internet options in nearby cities
Santa Clarita’s internet coverage is pretty standard compared to the surrounding area. Most LA county residents will find themselves picking between AT&T, Spectrum, or T-Mobile, with a few notable exceptions.
For instance, Long Beach and Lancaster residents have virtually no access to AT&T, so Frontier Communications wins the top spot there. Nearby cities also have more Verizon coverage, making it a more viable option outside Santa Clarita.
What Santa Clarita residents are saying on Reddit
There isn’t a lot of social media chatter about Santa Clarita-specific internet providers, but the little bit that does exist says that AT&T fiber is the best if you can get it. If not, the feelings about Spectrum are mixed: some people love the reliability, and others think the upload and download speeds leave something to be desired.
Across the wider local area, people mostly warn about the unreliability of T-Mobile and the constant price hikes from Spectrum.
Title is most of it. Wifey and I are moving to SCV in about a month and we're pretty stoked. Anyone have any recommendations for best internet in the area?
Depends where you live. If you have access to fiber, ATT gig is what we use. Excellent speed and haven’t had an outage I recall since installing it 3-4 years ago. We did dump the shit wifi that it comes with for a mesh system.
My Dad tried it in Cleveland, Ohio and he hated it. I'm a content creator from home and I want to try something cheaper but I cannot start it until April 18th because of a work trip. I'm aware of the 15 day test drive but I want to know everyone's experiences upfront.
My sister has it (lives along the 110) and she likes it. I use it when I’m visiting and had it in my house back in Denver and can’t complain about the reliability. It’s not gigabit internet but it gets the job done for Zoom and remote work
I'm an avid critic of their monopoly in certain areas of LA, but I have to recognize that their practice to proactively increase speeds without any request is a pleasant surprise.
Service suffers interruption 1-3 times a year, price is good with proper discounts etc.
Is all the criticism towards Spectrum justified?
I switched to AT&T fiber as soon as it was offered on my block, and it’s worked well for less than I was paying Spectrum. Spectrum kept raising their prices. Price suddenly went up 20% early in the pandemic. I was on hold on the phone for 2 hours only to be told they weren’t able to lower the price, well they could but then after the promotional period the price would jump 40% higher than my original “grandfathered in” service price. After a few months with AT&T, Spectrum came to my door and offered a $30/mo. promotion price. I thanked them for the offer, but said I was still salty they couldn’t keep my price down when they were a monopoly.
My internet has been out since midnight. The Spectrum app said it was planned maintenance and they couldn’t give a time estimate when I contacted them last night. Also hate that I didn’t even receive a warning or notification. The app now says it’s expected to be out until 1pm but said 10:30am and 12pm earlier this morning. I’m attending an online school, and so was upset last night when I was trying to rewatch our session last week to catch up on work. But now the outage cuts into an actual class, though luckily it’s an extras optional one.
Spectrum has been my only real option the entire 3 years I’ve been at my apartment. Only other option is ATT with only a 25mbps. So in the past they pretty much called my bluff. I live in Koreatown so it suck being near center of LA and have such limited options when it comes to ISPs
I have T-mobile for cell service and it’s fine everywhere except my own apartment lol but I checked last night and I’m actually eligible for their 5G home internet service which cost $30 if I upgraded to their Magenta Max plan that’s $103 for a single line (whey do they punish single people🥲)
Anyway, I had some discount I was able to get because of covid for internet that recently ended but no promo so my internet bill is $74.99 and on my last bill said it was going up $5 next month for Spectrums lowest internet tier.
T-mobile internet service finally gives me a bargaining chip. So I called this morning saying I wanted to disconnect my service when I mentioned my internet being out and still out and being an online student/WFH the rep said she felt really bad lol and so I got some great offers. A promo for internet where she upgraded my speed but I think it”ll be 19.99 for 36 months and an offer for their mobile service for a free year and a $30 a month after. They use Verizon’s towers for cell services so I might get better cell service because I have 1-2 bars on my phone and would not make it through a zoom call nor would using mobile hotspot be worth attempting right now. They said they’ll mail me out a SIM card and no activation fee, also credited $15 dollars for the inconvenience.
I checked but I’m not eligible for Verizon 5G Home internet. The original Spectrum plan I signed up for was 100mbps now their lowest tier is 300mbps but I often checked and rarely got 300mbps but was honestly fine with 100mbps since I live with just my dog. So I still might try and see how fast/stable T-mobile internet is in my home or if it’s as crappy as my cell service.
If Spectrum is your only option it might be worth checking out if you’re eligible for T-Mobile or Version 5G home internet. When I check my address to see who’s services I can get in my area neither come up. But I’m actually eligible for T-Mobile so have another option for once and easier to get better promo from Spectrum if want to stay with them.
it severed the cable and it took them a whole week to come and make the repairs. I also used to use their cellular service, and the service was ok since they use Verizon towers, but they wanted to charge me double in the rare occasion I went over my data limit.
For good or bad, I still have their cable/internet service, but I’ve changed cellular service since to Mint Mobile, I’m pretty happy with their service and pay way less than what I used to pay for Spectrum Mobile I haven’t had any issues with reception or otherwise, I know they use T-Mobile towers. BTW I live in the Eagle Rock area. Hope this helps you.
Once again, garbage spectrum has raised my internet only price for the 420mbps speed from $90 to $105 per month. Not only are both of these prices ridiculous for these speeds, but there was no communication about the change either.
I have family in TX that has gigabit fiber for $50/month. Why is LA so behind on this? Why do I not have choices for internet?
I just needed to vent about this before I call spectrum. Thx
I call spectrum every year when my “year long promotional deal” is over and ask for another one. I pay $45 per month, every month. Just call and be nice to the person on the phone and they’ll try to help you. Last time I called, he even bumped up my speed!
Internet news and infrastructure in Santa Clarita, CA
California as a whole has been working toward a stronger internet infrastructure for the last few years. Currently, the state has implemented the Middle-Mile Broadband Initiative, which is working to build a 10,000-mile fiber-optic infrastructure stretching across the entirety of California. (2) While progress on this network is slow, it’s a good start to connecting everyone in the state.
We think Santa Clarita also deserves some praise for its moves toward internet connectivity. In 2019, Santa Clarita’s city council voted to lease two dark fiber strands to downtown Los Angeles to bring in new competition for internet providers. (3) While the market doesn’t seem flooded with new providers like the city council hoped, it did allow CalArts to connect itself with City Hall and increase the speed and breadth of its internet on campus. (4)
All in all, Santa Clarita residents have some good choices for internet providers, and we hope the upcoming growth in infrastructure will increase those options.
Frequently asked internet questions in Santa Clarita
Yes. Both AT&T and Vast Networks offer fiber internet in Santa Clarita. Unfortunately, Vast Network’s coverage is almost not worth mentioning, only covering 1.83% of Santa Clarita, and it primarily offers business internet plans. AT&T fiber has more coverage, but you’ll want to check our provider map to see if your residence is covered.
Which internet provider is best for you depends on the availability at your location, internet needs, and budget.
The first thing you need to do is determine which providers are available at your specific location. We suggest you start by checking out our provider map.
From there, you can compare the speeds, perks, and cost to see which one fits your needs. If you’re looking for affordability or simplicity in setup, you might start with T-Mobile Home Internet. If you’re looking for reliability and speed, you might check out AT&T or Spectrum.
AT&T fiber is a great product offered in Santa Clarita. It has fast speeds, reliable service, and straightforward pricing. Plus, its upload and download speeds are the same, making for quick, hassle-free internet use.
The real con of AT&T is that AT&T fiber isn’t available everywhere in Santa Clarita. Instead many current AT&T customers are stuck on AT&T’s DSL network, which is slower and more expensive, and some new customers might not even be able to get AT&T at their location.
- “Spectrum,” Spectrum. Accessed 6 May 2023.
- “Middle-mile broadband initiative,” CA.Gov Accessed 6 May 2023.
- “City approves high-speed internet agreement,” The Signal. Accessed 6 May 2023.
- “Fiber-optic connectivity to improve on-campus internet service completed at CalArts,” The Signal. Accessed 6 May 2023.