- AT&T and Charter Spectrum are the top Internet providers in Bakersfield.
- Aside from AT&T’s recent efforts to build out more fiber service, Internet options tend to be limited in Bakersfield. While there are 8 providers in the area, many residents have fewer options.
- Most Bakersfield residents have the choice between cable from Spectrum or DSL from AT&T. Fixed wireless from UnWired is also available. The average speed in Bakersfield is 76.1 Mbps.
Best Residential Internet Providers
After comparing all the providers in the area, we landed on these as the best options for overall accessibility and plan value.
Bright House Networks - Top Pick
- Pricing: $4499 - $8998
- Max Down: 150 Mbps
- Max Up: 10 Mbps
Charter Spectrum combines unlimited data with high-speed download rates to make a compelling package deal for locals that need Internet and TV. Their Internet-only plans are also a good option, and the provider earns strong marks for being friendly towards “cord cutters” who prefer to stream from third party sources.
AT&T Internet - Runner Up
- Pricing: $3000 - $8000
- Max Down: 1,000 Mbps
- Max Up: 1,000 Mbps
AT&T Internet delivers surprisingly zippy Internet over their FTTN (Fiber to the Node) DSL network, offering speeds that rival basic cable plans with exceptional reliability and digital TV bundle offers on the side. They’re often our top pick for customers who need good Internet, great TV, and affordable coverage.
Residential Internet Providers Available in Bakersfield
See the table below for a full list of providers currently servicing the Bakersfield area with Internet, TV, and phone service.
Some of these are more accessible than others, so keep in mind that availability depends on your specific address. Use our address verification tool to check which specific Internet providers and plans are available for your home or business.
|$3000+|| 95% |
|$4499+|| 97% |
|$25900+|| 100% |
|$5999+|| 100% |
|$5000+|| 100% |
Best Business Internet Providers
Bakersfield has limited fiber availability, and the few fiber options out there are for business-level plans. Cable is a decent option for most businesses, providing everything the average business needs including static IP and VoIP-worthy reliability.
Bright House Networks - Business Pick
- Max Down: 150 Mbps
- Max Up: 10 Mbps
Charter Business wins our recommendation by offering a wide variety of features, packaged into industry-specific bundles that result in reasonable pricing. They’re a particularly good option for small and medium-sized businesses that want a provider that’s affordable, yet scalable.
Business Internet Providers Available in Bakersfield
See the table below for a full list of companies offering business Internet in Bakersfield, California.
|$5000+|| 99% |
|$7999+|| 80% |
|$79900+|| 100% |
|$6999+|| 100% |
|$9999+|| 100% |
|N/A|| 12% |
Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Bakersfield
Like many smaller cities, Bakersfield doesn’t have many options outside a couple entrenched cable and DSL providers. See our competitive analysis map for a full overview of how the competition stacks up in different parts of Bakersfield.
Provider Competition Map
Bakersfield Internet Speed Overview
Bakersfield has decent speeds on the business side and more average speeds when it comes to residential service. This is normal for cities with low broadband competition, where providers have less incentive to expand or improve upon existing networks.
The 90th percentile speed in Bakersfield is 76.1 Mbps according to our latest speed test data. The average speed overall was more modest, clocking in at 32.82 Mbps.
|Average Speed||90th Percentile Speed|
|32.82 Mbps||76.1 Mbps|
Average Residential download speeds within Bakersfield
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Bakersfield
Like many cable/DSL broadband markets, there are a few common issues to watch out for when comparing Internet plans in Bakersfield. First off, understanding the difference between cable and DSL service is particularly important. Second, understanding your options so far as equipment leasing fees can save you money in the long run.
Cable vs DSL in Bakersfield
Bakersfield offers plenty of variety as a whole, but most of us in specific Bakersfield neighborhoods are stuck choosing between cable and DSL. But what’s the difference? Is cable really better than DSL?
In short, yes — cable is usually preferable to DSL, particularly in Bakersfield where the cable service is high-bandwidth and consistent compared to other cities in the state.
The coaxial cable TV networks that cable Internet travels on is inherently higher-bandwidth than DSL, which is based on less advanced telephone wire networks. Cable is also less prone to storm interruption since most coaxial cable in Bakersfield is buried underground rather than up on a pole as with DSL.
Alternative Internet Access Sources in Bakersfield
Internet has become central to modern life. But for many Bakersfield residents, it’s a hard-to-reach complication that they can only access through public libraries or friends and family.
Thanks to government programs dedicated to providing low-cost service, home Internet plans can be had in Bakersfield for as low as $10/month for residents who meet certain criteria. Check eligibility at EveryoneOn.
Ana De Castro
Ana De Castro cut her teeth as a SAP consultant for Deloitte during the original tech boom, and now works in a communications role in the telecom industry. When she isn’t explaining technical concepts to confused consumers, she enjoys traveling with her husband and two rambunctious kids.
James Webb is a tech and gadgets expert with a focus on educational content development. He draws on his background in the startup world to make complicated technologies and topics easy to understand for normal folks.