Los Angeles Internet | Service Providers in Los Angeles
Find and compare Internet service providers in Los Angeles for dial-up Internet service, or high-speed Internet services like fiber optic Internet, DSL, cable Internet, mobile broadband service, and WiMax. Get a price quote on Los Angeles Internet service from providers in your area for the best rates, and Internet speeds.
About Internet Service in Los Angeles
Second only to New York City, Los Angeles currently stands as one the the largest and most populous cities in the United States. When it comes to broadband access, however, only 64 percent of Los Angeles residents currently take advantage of it. This is up from a paltry 48 percent in 2008. While this recent gain is certainly remarkable, Los Angeles still has a ways to go in connecting residents to broadband on par with other major California cities, like San Francisco and San Diego. As a result, Los Angeles has recently become a hotbed for significant innovation and growth in the ISP/broadband space as more and more residents of the city explore their options for quality internet access.
Los Angeles Quick Facts
- Total Area (sq miles): 456
- Population: 3,828,920
- Housing Units: 1,456,075
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Internet Access in Los Angeles
Today, residents of the Los Angeles access broadband in four ways: DSL, cable, fiber and wireless. As with most major American cities, Los Angeles is capable of providing DSL, cable, and wireless internet access to nearly all of its residents.
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Internet Speed in Los Angeles
According to Netindex.com, Los Angeles currently has average internet speeds on par with nationwide and global averages. Speeds are comparable to rural areas of California, such as Bakersfield and Redding. Compared to major West Coast cities such as San Francisco and Seattle, Los Angeles residents lose out on nearly a quarter of the speed offered by ISPs in these cities.
- Upload Speed: 3.57 Mbps
- Download Speed: 15.20 Mbps
- Source: NetIndex.com
Los Angeles-Area Providers
Los Angeles has several major internet service providers that provide broadband access to city residents. The number of options are on par with most metropolitan areas of California. Below is a list of four ISPs that currently offer broadband subscriptions to private consumers in areas throughout Los Angeles.
- Time Warner Cable Inc.
- AT&T Inc.
- Verizon Communications Inc.
- Source: BroadbandMap.gov
Time Warner Cable, Inc.
- Service Areas: All of Los Angeles (verified by address)
- Service Tiers: Everyday Low Price, Basic, Standard, Turbo, Extreme, and Ultimate
- Downstream Speeds: 2 Mbps, 3 Mbps, 15 Mbps, 20 Mbps, 30 Mbps, and 50 Mbps
- Monthly Price: $14.99 – $64.99
- Features and Limitations: Like Comcast in Northern California Markets, Time Warner is the undisputed cable internet leader in Southern California. Monthly internet subscription fees can be significantly reduced when bundled with other products, like cable TV and home phone services.
AT&T, Inc. (U-Verse)
- Service Areas: All of Los Angeles (verified by zipcode)
- Service Tiers: Four service tiers separated by maximum downstream speeds.
- Downstream Speeds: 768 Kbps, 1.5 Mbps, 3.0 Mbps, 6.0 Mbps
- Monthly Price: $19.95 – $34.95
- Features and Limitations: AT&T provides DSL internet throughout Los Angeles and the state of California. When it comes to downstream speeds and the overall cost of the service, consumers will get much more bang for their buck with cable internet. That said, AT&T offers subscribers access to over 30,000 wi-fi hotspots nationwide, which is a definite plus for those on-the-go.
- Service Areas: Throughout Los Angeles; actual coverage may vary
- Service Tiers: (Data Caps) 500 Mb, 2.5 Gb, 4.5 Gb, 6.5 Gb, 8.5 Gb, 10.5 Gb
- Downstream Speeds: All service options come with 4G LTE mobile speeds on the T-Mobile network.
- Monthly Price: $20 – $70
- Features and Limitations: While the downstream speeds offered by T-Mobile’s 4G LTE mobile data network can be comparable to standard cable or DSL speeds, monthly data caps make this service an impractical choice for a household’s primary internet connection. For subscribers who travel a lot, live in an area not serviced by DSL or cable, or generally do not have data-intensive needs, T-Mobile’s internet service is definitely worth a look.
Verizon Communications Inc.
- Service Areas: Throughout Los Angeles; actual coverage may vary (verified by address)
- Service Tiers: High Speed Internet and High Speed Internet Enhanced
- Downstream Speeds: 0.5 Mbps – 15 Mbps (varies by location and plan)
- Monthly Price: $19.99 – $29.99
- Features and Limitations: Verizon offers two internet service plans with variable downstream speeds depending on location and availability. The basic option ranges from 0.5 – 1 Mbps. The Enhanced option offers speeds that range from 1.1 – 15 Mbps. Service plans require require Verizon home phone service. Subscription rates are fixed for one year only.
City Subscriber Resources
- Los Angeles Community Broadband: This link will detail the various community broadband options available for Los Angeles residents. These include free wi-fi hotspots and information regarding the Los Angeles Computer Access Network (LACAN).
- Los Angeles Information Technology Agency: This link will take you to the city’s information technology hub where broadband subscribers can find out more about relevant services and initiatives that impact them.
- LA Times – Free Wi-Fi across Los Angeles? City leaders make a new push: This article by the LA Times introduces the city’s plans to provide free city-wide wireless internet.