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.

Provider Speed Price Availability Contact
AT&T 1000 Mbps $49.99/mo. High availability (844) 886-4258
Spectrum 930 Mbps $39.99/mo. High availability (855) 243-8892
Starry Internet 200 Mbps $50/mo. Low availability (888) 231-9403

Compare plans in Atwater Village Internet alternatives in Atwater Village

Atwater Village is really a tale of two cities: one half of the neighborhoods has fiber (AT&T), and the other half does not. For those who do not have fiber, the best option is generally Spectrum cable — which comes with some caveats.

Spectrum is a reasonably fast cable provider offering an affordable 200 Mbps base plan, which is enough for most family homes. However, it has very low upload speeds, and has a high outage rate in LA, making it a challenging choice for working from home and gaming.

AT&T Fiber is around the same price, but offers a base speed of 940 Mbps (almost five times Spectrum’s base speed) and 840 or so for upload, which is 24 times the maximum upload offered by Spectrum.

Sign in Atwater Village
For those of us on Spectrum-only streets in Atwater Village, the "slow down" signs may as well refer to the internet upload speed limit.

The catch is that fiber service depends on fiber lines, which are expensive to install. As such, AT&T built them out to some streets in Atwater Village but not others. For example, streets between Glendale Blvd and Silverlake Blvd will usually have fiber — but streets between Edenhurst and Seneca commonly do not.

Starry Internet registers service in Atwater, but we’ve been unable to confirm service at any apartment buildings in the area. However, it’s worth contacting them as the service is extending to single-family homes soon, and they choose new areas based on demand.

Basic Internet Plans in Atwater Village

This table shows the key differences between AT&T’s Fiber service and Spectrum’s cable service in Atwater Village:

AT&T InternetAT&T FiberSpectrum
Starting Price$49.99/mo.$49.99/mo.49.99/mo.
Download Speed RangeUp to 100 MbpsUp to 1000 MbpsUp to 200 Mbps
Data Cap1 TBUnlimitedUnlimited
Network TypeDSL or IPBB (FTTN)Fiber (FTTH)Cable
ContractContract-FreeContract-FreeContract-Free

This table shows the key comparison points of the most common AT&T and Spectrum internet plans in Atwater Village:

Plan NameSpeed Down/UpPromo PriceFinal Price
Spectrum Internet200/10 Mbps$49.99/mo$69.99
Internet 10001000/Variable Mbps$49.99/mo$59.99

The main issue to be aware of when it comes to pricing is the “promo rate.” Both Spectrum and AT&T charge a cheaper rate for the first year than they do for long-time customers.

As a result, you can expect your price to go up after the first year — and unless you’re lucky when calling Spectrum to haggle the price, you’re stuck with it.

AT&T: the base plan will go up 20% after months. This averages out to $55/month over two years as a customer. Pricing is the same for fiber and DSL plans, so regardless of the speed, this is the price.

Spectrum: Spectrum’s base internet-only plan has a 40% jump after 1 Year months, resulting in a two-year average price of $60/month.

AT&T Fiber plan in Atwater Village

Pricing for fiber internet in Atwater Village is comparable to Spectrum’s cable offering:

Plan NameDownload SpeedPromo PriceFinal Price
Internet Basic 55 Mbps$49.99/mo$59.99
Internet 2525 Mbps$49.99/mo$59.99
Internet 5050 Mbps$49.99/mo$59.99
Internet 100100 Mbps$49.99/mo$59.99
Atwater Glendale st
Fiber lines run through the neighborhood, but not along the main drag of Glendale Blvd.

Spectrum plans in Atwater Village

Spectrum

Plan NameSpeed Down/UpPromo PriceFinal Price
Spectrum Internet200/10 Mbps$49.99/mo$69.99
Spectrum Internet Ultra400/20 Mbps$69.99/mo$94.99
Spectrum Internet GIG940/35 Mbps$109.99/mo$129.99

Internet Coverage in Atwater Village

Fiber coverage in Atwater Village is strongest in the south-western area of the neighborhood, with the most availability in streets near the river. Fiber lines are not run along Glendale, meaning the coverage is actually stronger in the residential areas than it is in the business district.

Atwater fiber line
Fiber internet lines criss-cross Atwater but don't drop to every home or extend to every street. All told, around half the neighborhood has fiber.

As the majority of Atwater Village is single-family homes, wireless alternatives are not common. All the cell towers are in the more industrial areas along the water near Fletcher, and like most higher-income neighborhoods in LA, there has been some pushback when it comes to installing wireless equipment on residential streets.

Atwater Village 5G home internet service

5G home internet is not currently available in Atwater Village. Verizon has been piloting a 5G home internet service in the DTLA and Arts District neighborhoods, but has not yet extended it to residential districts like Atwater. While 5G small cells are now common in central LA, Atwater has relatively few.

What is the fastest internet plan in Atwater Village?

The fastest internet plan in Atwater Village is AT&T’s fiber internet plan, which has download and upload speeds up to 940/840 Mbps. The second fastest service comes from Spectrum who also offers a 940 Mbps download plan with a lower upload speed of 35 Mbps.

Internet alternatives in Atwater Village

There are currently only two alternative internet services in Atwater Village, and they both are resellers of AT&T. What this means is, you get the same speeds as AT&T, but you go through a different company for billing, customer service, etc.

This can be beneficial as sometimes the resellers have better policies when it comes to data caps, or may have cheaper pricing on budget low-speed plans.

  1. Sonic.net: Sonic is an AT&T reseller in Atwater Village. They offer DSL and fiber internet service over AT&T’s lines. It’s best for power users who want home office support from local techies.
  2. Earthlink: Earthlink is also an AT&T reseller in Atwater Village. Their main advantage is that they offer ultra low-cost plans for basic DSL service. While we don’t recomend this service for most residents, it can shave as much as $20/month off your bill compared with competing plans from Spectrum. However, the lowest price plans have very low speeds, all the way down to 15 Mbps or less.
Page Summary
  • AT&T Fiber 940 Mbps is the fastest internet service in Atwater Village, but is only available to around half of addresses in the area.
  • Spectrum 200 Mbps is the most commonly chosen budget internet plan in Atwater Village, with near 100% coverage.
  • Most Atwater Village homes only have 1–2 wired internet options to choose from, with low wireless options relative to the rest of LA.

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Last Update: September 17, 2020
Published: June 12, 2020
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