Long Beach Internet | Service Providers in Long Beach

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About Internet Service in Long Beach

Long Beach residents enjoy downstream speeds that are slightly higher than the national average of 20.42 Mbps. The number of ISPs that service Long Beach are limited, with one local provider and three national providers within this densely-populated city.

Long Beach Quick Facts

  • Total Area (sq miles): 46
  • Population: 462,581
  • Housing Units: 180,428
Long Beach Education Levels Overall U.S. Education Levels
H.S. Graduates 71.9% 80.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 22.6% 24.8%
Long Beach Resident Incomes Overall U.S. Incomes
Median Income $58,624 $58,283
Poverty Rate 17.6% 15.8%
Below $25k 24.0% 24.1%
$25k-$50k 30.4% 30.0%
$50k-$100k 29.4% 30.6%
$100k-$200k 17.7% 16.5%
$200k or more 4.2% 4.2%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Access in Long Beach

City Connectivity

Long Beach’s accessibility rates greatly exceed national rates across the board for DSL, cable, fiber, and wireless connectivity. The fiber percentages are somewhat surprising, since none of the residential ISPs offer this option. It is possible that fiber has been adopted by a high amount of local businesses.

City Accessibility Rates Overall U.S. Rates
DSL 94.1% 89.7%
Fiber 90.2% 23.3%
Cable 100% 88.6%
Wireless 99.9% 99.0%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Speed in Long Beach

The downstream and upload speeds in Long Beach exceed the average rates found in California State, which are 19.98 Mbps and 5.46 Mbps, respectively. However, the speeds in Long Beach are by no means the fastest – residents in Compton get to enjoy downstream rates that clock in at 59.69 Mbps. Some of these speedier averages in other California cities might be traced back to the slow spread of Google Fiber throughout the state.

  • Upload Speed: 12.92 Mbps
  • Download Speed: 25.83 Mbps
  • Source: NetIndex.com

Long Beach-Area Providers

When you glance through the broadband providers that service Long Beach, you might be surprised to see seven different providers available, while cities like Buffalo only have five. However, many ISPs listed on the National Broadband Map actually provide enterprise or business-only Internet service, and no residential coverage, so they have been omitted from the following list of providers.

For Long Beach, the final list of ISPs looks like this:

Charter Communications

  • Service Areas: Throughout Long Beach, depending on residential address
  • Service Tiers: Internet Plus
  • Downstream Speeds: 30 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $29.99 with a 1-year commitment

AT&T (U-Verse)

  • Service Areas: Availability based on residential address in Virginia Beach
  • Service Tiers: Pro, Elite, Max, Max Plus, Max Turbo, and Power
  • Downstream Speeds: 3 Mbps, 6 Mbps, 12 Mbps, 18 Mbps, 24 Mbps, and 45 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $29.95, $34.95, $44.95, $54.95, and $64.95
  • Features and Limitations: AT&T includes a wireless router and security software in their high speed Internet packages. However, their starting plan is quite pricey for extremely low downstream speeds, which also requires a minimum 12-month commitment.

Verizon (High Speed DSL)

  • Service Areas: Availability based on residential address in Virginia Beach
  • Service Tiers: High Speed Internet and High Speed Internet Enhanced
  • Downstream Speeds: 0.5 – 15 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $19.99 and $29.99 (One year minimum contract)
  • Features and Limitations: Verizon’s service is by far the slowest Internet provider. The estimated download time for 10 photos is 8.7 minutes on their basic plan and 4.3 minutes on the higher tier plans, which is extraordinarily slow by national standards.

Sprint

  • Service Areas: Available across San Antonio
  • Service Tiers: 3GB, 6GB, and 12 GB connection plans
  • Downstream Speeds: 600 Kbps – 6 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $34.99, $49.99, and $79.99
  • Features and Limitations: Sprint does not offer traditional wired broadband service. Instead, they offer mobile broadband hotspots, allowing you to connect to the Internet while on the go. However, Sprint’s wireless subscribers are subject to much slower Internet speeds than traditional broadband subscribers.

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