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While AT&T’s 300 Mbps fiber plan is the best value for high-speed internet in Hollywood, Spectrum’s 200 Mbps basic internet-only plan is a close second that has close to 100% coverage throughout Hollywood and Los Angeles.

Alternative internet options in Hollywood include Starry Internet, Sonic, and Earthlink. Starry is a fixed wireless provider offering service similar to 5G, meaning that they broadcast high-speed internet from a tower in the neighborhood to apartment buildings. It’s only available for multi-dweller buildings at this point.

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Spectrum is the only internet option for most single-family homes and apartments in Hollywood.

Earthlink and Sonic are both resellers of AT&T service. It’s more expensive than buying from AT&T directly, but if you can’t use Spectrum for some reason, they allow you to use the AT&T DSL lines without the data caps (or having to use AT&T customer service, which has low marks on most public polls). Sonic is a local company, with a better reputation for customer service.

How to decide on an internet provider in Hollywood

What internet provider and plan you choose will largely depend on the options at your specific building.

AT&T fiber is the best option for most homes if you can get it, because 300 Mbps will handle virtually any size of home and up to 10 users easily, and it costs around the same monthly price as basic cable.

Spectrum’s basic internet plans (200 Mbps) is a good option if you can’t get fiber from AT&T.

If you’re in an apartment building, check for Starry Internet as well. Starry is the best price for value in Hollywood, and assuming you have no more than 4-5 people using the connection, the 200 Mbps speed should have no issue handling the traffic.

To summarize, our preference for plans is as follows:

  1. AT&T: 300 Mbps fiber internet-only plan.
  2. Spectrum: 200 Mbps internet-only plan.
  3. Starry Internet: 200 Mbps internet-only plan.

How to decide between Spectrum and AT&T in Hollywood

The key differences between AT&T DSL, AT&T Fiber, and Spectrum cable in Hollywood are as follows:

AT&T InternetAT&T FiberSpectrum
Starting Price$55/mo.$/mo.49.99/mo.
Download Speed RangeUp to 300 MbpsUp to MbpsUp to 300 Mbps
Data CapUnlimitedUnlimited
Network TypeDSL or IPBB (FTTN)Fiber (FTTH)Cable
ContractContract-FreeContract-Free

We usually recomend the base-level plans, which means most Hollywood residents are choosing between Spectrum’s 200 Mbps internet-only plan and AT&T’s Fiber Internet 300 plan. Here are the key differences:

Plan NameSpeed Down/UpPromo PriceFinal Price
Spectrum Internet300/10 Mbps$49.99/mo$79.99
Fiber Internet 300300/300 Mbps$55/mo$55

TV options in Hollywood

Unless you’re a heavy watcher of local sports, or have a large family that needs a premium $150+/month cable package to keep everyone happy, we strongly recommend that you do not buy TV packages from either AT&T or Spectrum.

Pricing issues to watch out for when buying internet in Hollywood

AT&T, Spectrum, and virtually all internet providers use a tactic called “introductory pricing” to lure new customers.

What this means is, the price you see when you sign up “expires” after 12 months or so. The “final price” is usually around 20–40% higher than the introductory price.

cable and fiber drops.
Fiber from AT&T is not yet common in Hollywood, but you can tell if you have it by checking your address at their website. Homes with Fiber have two wired internet drops as shown in this photo — meaning you can switch back and forth each year to maintain the "introductory" price, which is lower than the price for long-time customers.

This is frustrating, but the important thing is that you are aware of the final price and consider it carefully when comparing plans. I’ve collected information on final pricing for AT&T internet plans as well as Spectrum internet plans in Los Angeles city.

AT&T internet plans in Hollywood

See the table below for a full rundown of current AT&T plans in Hollywood. Note that they do not let you pick and choose among these. The price is the same for most AT&T plans because they simply provision the top speed at your specific building for the same price. Therefore, AT&T internet is a good deal if you can get fiber… but a bad deal if you can only get 25 Mbps DSL (or even the 100 Mbps IPBB plan). Legacy network plans vary by location, so you have to call or check their site for an address check.

Plan NameDownload SpeedPromo PriceFinal Price
Internet 2525 Mbps$55/mo$65
Fiber Internet 300300 Mbps$55/mo$55
Fiber Internet 500500 Mbps$65/mo$65
Fiber Internet 10001000 Mbps$80/mo$80
Fiber Internet 20002000 Mbps$110/mo$110
Fiber Internet 50005000 Mbps$180/mo$180

Spectrum cable internet packages in Hollywood

Spectrum plans range from 300 Mbps up to the gigabit range in Hollywood. However, the cheaper base plans are more than enough for most households, assuming no more than 4 people using the connection at once.

Plan NameSpeed Down/UpPromo PriceFinal Price
Spectrum Internet300/10 Mbps$49.99/mo$79.99
Spectrum Internet Ultra500/20 Mbps$69.99/mo$99.99
Spectrum Internet GIG1000/35 Mbps$89.99/mo$119.99

Spectrum offers TV packages, and will make a big effort to sell them to you by mailing you coupons every two weeks once you sign up. We only recommend them if you really need the local sports packages.

Plan NameSpeedPromo PriceChannelsNFL Network
TV Select + Internet300 Mbps$109.98/mo125+Not Included
TV Ultra + Internet Ultra500 Mbps$129.98/mo125+Included
Mi Plan latino + Internet300 Mbps$89.98/mo140+Included
Mi Plan latino + Internet Ultra500 Mbps$109.98/mo140+Included

Apartment building internet challenges in Hollywood

Hollywood has seen rapid real estate growth in recent years, but it’s virtually all been in the form of apartment buildings. 1

If you’re in a newer building, there’s a strong chance you can get Starry Internet, which is by far the best option for basic home internet in the LA area thanks to their simple pricing (no price hikes, no fees, no equipment leasing) and high speeds (equivalent to Spectrum locally).

Here’s some basic information on Starry’s internet offer for the Hollywood market:

Plan NameSpeed Down/UpPromo PriceFinal Price
Starry Internet200/200 MbpsNone$50/mo

What is the fastest internet option in Hollywood?

AT&T fiber is the fastest service available in Hollywood, but as mentioned above it has low coverage in the neighborhood.

Spectrum’s 1,000 Mbps plan is the fastest option with 100% availability in Hollywood. However, this plan has much lower upload speeds, which are around 35 Mbps.

Starry Internet has an in-between plan that offers 200 Mbps download and upload. This isn’t technically as “fast” as Spectrum, but it feels faster since the upload speed makes two-direction activities like video chat feel more robust.

AT&T fiber expansion in Hollywood

AT&T internet service in Hollywood is mostly DSL, with only 11% or so of the neighborhood having fiber access.

We expect that fiber-to-the-home expansion will remain paused for the next few years while the company re-focuses on their 5G buildout.

Additionally, much of the fiber expansion AT&T did in Los Angeles over the past five years was required for FCC compliance with their DirecTV merger. Therefore, it would be surprising if they expanded fiber to the home in a market with strong cable competition like Los Angeles, rather than focus on cheaper last-mile technologies like 5G.

5G internet service for home use is already offered around downtown LA, but service is very spotty in Hollywood. Access and the quality of service is largely determined by how thick the walls are in your building and proximity to 5G small cell towers (these are usually installed on streetlamps).

Alternative internet providers in Hollywood

If you want to get internet service in Hollywood and you don’t want to go with Spectrum or AT&T, you have a few options:

  1. Starry internet: Starry internet offers fixed wireless “5G” internet for some apartment buildings in Hollywood. Coverage is still sparse, since they have to build reception devices onto the roofs of buildings. It’s worth checking at their website.
  2. Sonic: Sonic is a California-based small internet provider that mostly serves the Bay Area. However, they also resell AT&T service in Hollywood, meaning that you can get internet over the same lines as AT&T… without having to deal with AT&T customer service. Sonic is usually more expensive than buying from AT&T directly, but they don’t impose data caps and their reputation for customer support is strong, since their staff is local.
  3. Earthlink: Earthlink recently re-appeared on the internet market, and they are also an AT&T reseller in 2023. We don’t recommend them since it’s a similar setup as Sonic, but without the benefit of domestic support.

5G internet service in Hollywood

Hollywood does not yet have widespread access to 5G home internet, but it is within the pilot area for mobile 5G from AT&T and Verizon. 5G home internet is still mid-rollout in 2023.

5G small cell in Hollywood Los Angeles
5G small cell towers have been popping up around Hollywood in recent years, however they are currently used only for mobile service, not fixed home internet service. They commonly look like "additions" on top of light poles in the Hollywood area, although they may be attached to buildings on more urban streets.

This page will be updated when 5G home internet launches in Hollywood, as it will provide a much-needed alternative to Spectrum for single-family homes. 5G home internet service is similar to Starry Internet, with a wireless reception device relaying the connection to your home network.

Download and upload speeds range from 300–940 Mbps depending on your distance from the small cell tower and network load in the area.

Summary of internet providers in Hollywood

To summarize, the internet providers in Hollywood are:

  • Spectrum: 100% coverage for basic cable internet (300 Mbps).
  • AT&T: best option in fiber areas (1,000 Mbps), but most of Hollywood is stuck with their slower DSL or “IPBB” plans (5–100 Mbps).
  • Starry Internet: alternative internet service for apartment buildings. Limited availability as of 2023.
  • Sonic: reseller on AT&T network. They offer the same speeds as AT&T, but without data caps.
  • Earthlink: reseller on AT&T network. They offer the same deal as Sonic, but we recommend Sonic because it’s a local company with much better customer support.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the main internet provider in Hollywood, Los Angeles?

Spectrum is the primary internet provider for the Hollywood neighborhood. AT&T also has service locally, but their top speed at most buildings is only 100 Mbps, which is half of Spectrum's minimum offer.

Are there any alternatives to Spectrum in Hollywood?

AT&T is the only major alternative to Spectrum for internet and TV service in Hollywood. A smaller company called Starry Internet started offering 200 Mbps internet service in Hollywood in 2018, but they only serve larger apartement buildings. You can check for Starry service here.

What is the average internet speed in Los Angeles?

According to ConnectCalifornia analysis of public speed test data, the average speed test recording in Los Angeles in 2023 is 82 Mbps.

Page Summary
  • Spectrum cable is the most prevalent internet option in Hollywood.
  • AT&T Fiber is available to around 11% of Hollywood residential locations.
  • Cable internet is the most common type of service available for Hollywood residents.

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