Sonic's Most Popular Service Plans
Sonic's plans vary by region, so be sure to verify pricing and plan terms with them before ordering service as all plans or promotions may not be available in all areas or to all customers and can expire at any time.
All speeds, pricing and other specifications are subject to location and availability.
Sonic is a DSL internet provider operating out of the state of California. It’s the eighth-largest DSL provider in the nation with service available to nearly 3 million customers. Sonic has also started offering its service through fiber and copper lines, expanding its service to meet the growing demand for fiber service. Though fiber availability through Sonic is relatively limited at this time, with about four-hundred thousand customers having access to Sonic fiber, they are actively in the process of expanding coverage.
Sonic began as a way to provide internet access to Santa Rosa Junior College. Founded by Dane Jasper and Scott Doty, they wanted to provide DSL internet service in a time when most people hadn’t even heard of the internet, let alone had uses it. In 1994, Sonic expanded its service to provide internet to customers who were not staff or students at Santa Rosa Junior College and have continued to expand with service now in nearly 500 zip codes stretching up the California coastline with particularly high coverage in Northern California. The company even services major metropolitan areas such as Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Sonic has created an interesting space for itself in the ISP market. With a focus on user privacy and anonymity, denying multiple orders from the U.S. government to provide user data in regards to torrent downloads and specific users’ involvement with Wikileaks and Tor.
Sonic’s DSL coverage is the backbone of its internet service though they are trying to change that. In 2015, Sonic partnered with AT&T to increase its fiber-to-the-node access, increasing speeds as a result. Beyond that, Sonic has begun to install its own truly fiber lines allowing customers in select areas to reach up to one thousand Mbps, a speed that was previously unattainable. Alongside internet service, Sonic also offers a number of options in the home, offering home phone service and partnering with Dish Network to provide television.
Sonic has maintained a reputation as not only a company that delivers a reliable high-speed connection to its customers but also a company that stands by its ethics. Both Dane Jasper and Scott Doty have spoken up on numerous occasions to combat the ever-growing lack of privacy on the web. They have implemented policies that reflect this. In 2011, they reduced the amount of time that they store user data to just two weeks in the face of an ever-growing tide of legal requests for its users’ data. That same year, Sonic alongside Google fought a court order to hand over email addresses who had contacted and had a correspondence with Tor developer and Wikileaks contributor Jacob Applebaum. When asked why, CEO Dane Jasper responded that it was “rather expensive, but the right thing to do.”
Sonic has made a habit of doing the right thing, both for its customers and the larger world. It’s a conscientious company that delivers on what is promised and goes the extra mile for its subscribers.
Summary of All Internet Plans for Sonic
|Sonic 50Mbps||-||$40.00||50 Mbps||-|
|Sonic 100 Mbps||-||$60.00||100 Mbps||-|
|Sonic Gigabit Fiber||-||$80.00||1 Gbps||-|
|Sonic's plans vary by region, so be sure to verify pricing and plan terms with them before ordering service as all plans or promotions may not be available in all areas or to all customers and can expire at any time.|
Frequently Asked Questions about Sonic.
Does Sonic offer internet service in my area?
Sonic offers internet access throughout California.
What is the charge if I go over my allotted data?
With Sonic, there is no data caps and zero overage charges.
What are the fastest speeds that Sonic offers?
Sonic offers up to 1 Gigabyte per second.
Does Sonic offer other services besides the internet?
Sonic also offers home phone service.
How much does commercial internet cost through Sonic?
Commercial internet plus phone starts at $90/m.
If I bundle multiple services together, is it cheaper than the services alone?
The total cost will be higher but you will save on both services in total.
Does Sonic require a contract for residential services?
All new accounts come with a 12-month standard contract.
What are the installation costs with Sonic internet?
There are zero installation fees through Sonic.
If wired lines aren't available at my house, does Sonic offer any wireless options?
All of Sonic's services run through wired lines.
How much does Sonic internet cost?
That is entirely dependent on the internet package you choose.
Summary of Top Cities Served by Sonic
|City||Coverage||Max Speed||Avg Speed|
|San Jose, CA||12.39%||80 Mbps||29 Mbps|
|San Francisco, CA||54.54%||1 Gbps||190 Mbps|
|Oakland, CA||33.60%||1 Gbps||99 Mbps|
|Santa Rosa, CA||36.28%||1 Gbps||31 Mbps|
|Hayward, CA||22.42%||80 Mbps||31 Mbps|
|Sunnyvale, CA||19.46%||80 Mbps||29 Mbps|
|Santa Clara, CA||18.41%||80 Mbps||29 Mbps|
|Berkeley, CA||67.95%||1 Gbps||309 Mbps|
|Daly City, CA||16.89%||80 Mbps||30 Mbps|
|San Mateo, CA||20.37%||80 Mbps||29 Mbps|
|Data provided by various data sources including the FCC. For more information please view our sources page.|
Summary of Top School Districts Served by Sonic
|District||Grades||Max Speed||Avg Speed|
|San Mateo-Foster City Elementary||KG - 08||1 Gbps||292 Mbps|
|Mount Diablo Unified||KG - 12||1 Gbps||257 Mbps|
|Piedmont City Unified||KG - 12||1 Gbps||246 Mbps|
|Walnut Creek Elementary||KG - 08||1 Gbps||246 Mbps|
|Canyon Elementary||KG - 08||1 Gbps||231 Mbps|
|Sacramento City Unified||KG - 12||1 Gbps||230 Mbps|
|Martinez Unified||KG - 12||1 Gbps||229 Mbps|
|San Carlos Elementary||KG - 08||1 Gbps||228 Mbps|
|San Mateo Union High||09 - 12||1 Gbps||223 Mbps|
|Pacifica||KG - 08||1 Gbps||222 Mbps|