California may be the heart of the internet economy, but the state is also at the center of some of the biggest issues facing broadband deployment in the US. As of 2020, 2.3 million California residents live in single-provider monopolies. While there are 137 residential internet providers in the state, most homes only have access to 1–2 options above 25 Mbps.
There are 183 internet service providers in California, accounting for residential, business, and enterprise companies across all technology types (DSL, Fiber, Fixed Wireless, Cable, and Copper). 137 offer residential service, while 162 offer business services. 116 offer both residential and business service.
California accounts for 12% of the US population, with 87% of California residents living in major urban centers like Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Francisco. The greater Los Angeles area alone has an equivalent GDP to the country of Turkey.
In spite of this, California often struggles to keep up when it comes to internet infrastructure. Only around half of Los Angeles can get fiber internet service, with many neighborhoods and apartment buildings limited to a single monoply provider.
We publish practical guides to help regular California residents navigate the internet safely and effectively.