Los Angeles Internet Access Fact Sheet

Los Angeles has 6 primary residential internet service providers within city limits. Spectrum and AT&T are the market incumbents, while smaller providers like Sonic.net and Starry Internet compete as local alternatives.

Primary internet service providers in Los Angeles

Provider brand namePrimary, secondary network typePrimary network coverageSecondary network coverageMaximum downloadMaximum upload
Charter Communications (Spectrum)Cable, Fiber98.98%7.92%940 Mbps35 Mbps
AT&T CaliforniaDSL, Fiber80.10%21.32%1000 Mbps1000 Mbps
Frontier Communications CorporationDSL, Fiber19.96%9.55%100 Mbps100 Mbps
Sonic.netDSL8.52% 80 Mbps20 Mbps
Cox CommunicationsCable1.17% 1000 Mbps35 Mbps
Starry InternetFixed Wireless, Fiber26.65%0.0001%200 Mbps200 Mbps

This table represents the majority of "incumbent" internet service providers currently registered within Los Angeles city limits, according to analysis of the FCC's most recent Form 477 data release on the industry.

Spectrum and AT&T are the primary players in the Los Angeles broadband market, with both networks reaching well over 90% of buildings in the LA area.

Frontier operates out of a DSL network within Los Angeles, as well as selling fiber over their "Fios" FTTH (Fiber to the Home) network, which they purchased from Verizon in 2016.

2016 was an eventful year for network ownership in Los Angeles, as Time Warner Cable also left the market, having sold their entire cable network to Charter Communications. All Time Warner Cable branding has been replaced with Charter Communications' residential internet service product, Spectrum, as of 2020.

50 Mbps is the median average download speed recorded on California residential internet connections in 2020
66.5% of Los Angeles has access to fiber-optic internet service
$38.9 million Cost for construction of municipal fiber in Beverly Hills 2019–2021
49% of homeless in LA access internet via mobile smartphone
Spectrum and AT&T are the most common internet providers available to Los Angeles residents
99.9% of California households have at least 1 Mbps mobile LTE coverage

Los Angeles Consumer Guides

Telecom pricing structures are actively designed to ensure that consumers pay more than they need to due to misunderstanding what they're buying. Our guides for the Los Angeles area help non-techies make informed decisions when seeking better internet service options.

Alternatives to Spectrum Cable Internet in Los Angeles

AT&T is the most common Spectrum alternative in Los Angeles, with fiber-to-the-home service in around 30% of LA. Smaller ISPs like Starry, Sonic, Earthlink, and Verizon 5G are also available locally.

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AT&T Internet Deals and Promotions in Los Angeles

AT&T plans in Los Angeles include a mix of fiber-backed DSL and fiber options, depending on service location.

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Internet Service Options in Koreatown: A Local Guide

Koreatown has two primary ISPs: Spectrum and AT&T. As of 2020 fiber service is not available for most of the neighorhood.

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Internet Service Providers in Echo Park

Echo Park has two primary internet providers: ATT and Spectrum. ATT has fiber service in the neighborhood as of 2020.

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Internet Service Options in Silverlake: A Local Guide

Silverlake has two internet options worth considering: AT&T Fiber and Spectrum Cable. As of 2020 fiber service is available for most of the neighborhood.

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Internet Service Providers in Atwater Village

Atwater Village has two main internet choices: Spectrum cable and AT&T Fiber. AT&T Fiber is available to around half the neighborhood, while Spectrum has 100% coverage locally.

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Internet Service Providers in Hollywood

The Hollywood neighborhood in Los Angeles has two internet providers with widespread coverage: Spectrum and AT&T. Sonic, Earthlink, and Starry Internet also service the neighborhood.

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Internet Service Providers in Los Feliz

Los Feliz has two primary internet service providers: Spectrum cable and AT&T. Starry, Sonic, and Earthlink are the alternatives in the neighborhood.

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Low Income Internet Programs For Los Angeles Residents

Low income internet service is available from all major incumbent internet providers in Los Angeles with prices from $10–30 per month, including Spectrum, AT&T, and Frontier.

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Spectrum Internet Deals and Promotions in Los Angeles

Spectrum plans in Los Angeles are part of their upgraded service area, meaning you can get twice the speed on base plans in addition to low-cost TV bundles.

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Starry Internet: A New WiFi Deal for Los Angeles

Starry Internet has been offering $50/mo internet in Los Angeles since 2018, and currently serves locations in neighborhoods like Koreatown and West Hollywood as well as apartment buildings in Glendale, Santa Monica, and Downtown.

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The Digital Divide in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is dynamic, diverse, and well-known for gaps between the "haves" and the "have-nots." Internet access in Los Angeles is no exception, with fiber predominently built out to wealthy neighborhoods like Silverlake, West Hollywood, and Laurel Canyon. Neighborhoods with lower median incomes like Koreatown and Boyle Heights are more commonly left with cable from Spectrum as the only residential internet option above 100 Mbps.

The city of Beverly Hills is finishing construction of a municipal broadband network that will offer low-cost fiber service to homeowners in the neighborhood later in 2020.

Major speed test sources like Measurement Labs and Speedtest.net record Los Angeles at an average internet speed range of 50–90 Mbps. Introductory plans are generally in the 100–200 Mbps download speed range.

Since most fiber service in Los Angeles is from telecom companies like AT&T and Frontier rather than overbuilders, the majority of buildings only have two wired internet options. However, some startup internet providers like Starry have begun to offer attractive wireless alternatives as of 2020.

Internet Infrastructure in Los Angeles

Network technologyPopulation coveredCoverage percent
Fixed Wireless297310181.64%

The table above shows percent coverage of each major network type in Los Angeles according to the latest FCC Form 477 data release (2020).

Note that due to over-reporting by providers, coverage at the building level is not as robust as this data presents. Fixed wireless service from providers like Starry Internet, in particular, has much lower coverage than it appears based on FCC data sources — which are currently the only public source of national broadband data.

Business internet services in Los Angeles

The greater Los Angeles area has several business centers including business districts in Pasadena, Culver City, and Playa Vista. However, most large tech headquarters are in "Silicon Beach," an area on the West Side of LA in Santa Monica and Venice Beach that features major headquarters like Google and Snapchat.

Tech companies are drawn to Silicon Beach, in part, by the infrastructure and broadband access. Aside from being a major data center location and cable landing site, Silicon Beach also is one of 7 locations in California with municipal broadband services for enterprises, including dark fiber availability and low-cost high-quality fiber connectivity from Santa Monica CityNet.

Secondary internet service providers in Los Angeles

The following providers have registered minor internet coverage areas within Los Angeles city limits, all below 1% local coverage.

CenturyLink enterprise, One Ring Networks, and several other major enterprise telecom providers are active in Silicon Beach and Los Angeles generally, making it the second-most popular location for startups and tech companies in California.

Provider brand namePrimary, secondary network typePrimary network coverageSecondary network coverageMaximum downloadMaximum upload
ComcastCable0.3119 98735
Consolidated Smart Broadband Systems, LLCCable, Fiber0.39820.201250050
Mediacom California LLCCable0.0015 10010
ONE BurbankFiber0.0125 10001000
Google Fiber California, LLCFiber0.0048 10001000
Race CommunicationsFiber0.1775 10001000
Antelecom Inc.Fixed Wireless0.2646 123
Ind-Co Cable TV Inc.Fixed Wireless0.0018 31
LV.NetFixed Wireless0.0003 5010
Ranch Wifi, LLCFixed Wireless0.0026 105
Sky Fiber InternetFixed Wireless0.0041 100100
GeoLinksFixed Wireless0.5918 10001000
Webpass, Inc.Fixed Wireless0.0222 500500
One Ring NetworksFixed Wireless, Fiber0.30190.0126200200

Page Summary
  • Los Angeles has 6 primary residential internet providers and 14 minor providers with less than 1% local coverage. Spectrum and AT&T are the largest providers locally.
  • 67% of Los Angeles has access to fiber internet service, with AT&T and Frontier having the largest residential fiber networks.

Jameson Zimmer
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