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The best internet providers in Los Angeles: Top local ISPs compared

A city as large as Los Angeles offers its residents an abundance of ways to access the internet. Here, we break down our top three picks for internet providers in the Los Angeles.
Written by Lara Vukelich, Contributing Writer
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Residents of Los Angeles enjoy a vast array of internet options, more than what's typically available in rural areas of America.  Angelenos have access to broadband, fiber optic cable, and generally some of the best internet around as well as a bounty of provider options. Whether you want to use your internet to stream shows, work from home, connect using video chat or all of the above, there is a standout provider in LA to meet your needs. We've rounded up the best internet providers in Los Angeles in a few important categories to help you narrow the field. 

The three best internet providers in Los Angeles

The best Los Angeles internet providers: summed up

Defining traitSuper Fast DownloadsAffordable with No Hidden FeesGood Bundles
Connection typeDSL, Fiber OpticFixed WirelessCable
Download speeds (Mbps)DSL: 0.2-100 Mbps Fiber: 100-1,000 MbpsFixed Wireless: Up to 200 MbpsCable: 100- 940 Mbps
Prices starting at$49.99/month$50/month$49.99/month
Contract lengthNo annual contractNo annual contractNo annual contract
Data cap1 TBNoneNone

AT&T has some of the fastest download speeds on the market, with a connection speed up to 1,000Mbps and an upload speed up to 35Mbps on their fiber internet network.

Even users who are on the company's DSL internet enjoy fast download speeds. The service's connection speed reaches up to 100Mbps — some of the fastest DSL internet we've seen. We've awarded it the best for downloads, because you'll notice a speed difference over other providers even if fiber is not yet available in Los Angeles. The 1 TB of data per month offer should also keep the entire family streaming, downloading and uploading work documents, and connecting with the household virtual stable, even when everyone is connected at the same time. 

AT&T requires no annual contract for internet service in Los Angeles, but the introductory price only lasts for 12 months of your service. As of May 4th, 2020, internet prices start at just under $50/month, with internet and TV bundles beginning at $79.98/month.

This small internet company offers consistent, all-in pricing with no long-term obligation, making it perfect for most renters on a budget. 

Starry Internet covers about 2 million households in the Los Angeles area, and they also do business in NYC, Boston, D.C., and Denver. The company charges $50 flat, with no added fees, and no introductory period. While other companies may offer a similar price model for the first 12 months, Starry customers continue to pay the same monthly charges. Included in the $50 monthly fees are the wireless router, 24/7 customer service, all fees and taxes, and up to 200 Mbps speed.

No long-term contracts are required, and there is no data cap. Starry only deals with internet service, so there are no bundles available, which makes the company a good option for customers who do not need cable TV and only care about reliable streaming speeds. 

If you want internet, cable, and a landline, Spectrum helps you get the most bang for your buck. For less than $100 per month, you can get all three major services. If you're willing to commit to 24-months of service, you can get bundles for under $90. The company doesn't require contracts and signing up for a bundle with Spectrum qualifies you for their contract buy-out program. That means if you're stuck in a contract with another provider, Spectrum will pay the fees associated with early cancellation, up to $500. 

With internet speeds that start at 100Mbps, you can rest assured that your household can stream and video chat at the same time. The most affordable Spectrum package offers more than 125 cable channels – more than most other major competitors in Los Angeles. 

How we found the best internet providers in Los Angeles

Here are the primary factors we considered when recommending internet providers in Los Angeles.

  • Coverage: AT&T, Verizon, and Spectrum have some of the broadest internet coverage in Los Angeles. While other internet providers, such as Frontier or HughesNet, may also offer fast service or great prices – they only cover very select areas of Los Angeles. We stuck to the providers most relevant to a wider audience. 
  • Value: We also considered the value of each internet service. We considered each provider's offerings, the range of speeds, intro pricing periods, data caps, and other services important to the average internet user. 
  • Customer Satisfaction: The companies we've chosen are rated very highly by the J.D. Power Internet Service Provider Satisfaction Survey (AT&T and Spectrum) and TrustPilot (Starry Internet). 

Los Angeles internet FAQ 

Who offers fiber-optic internet in Los Angeles?

AT&T, Frontier, Sonic, Spectrum, and Race Communications all offer fiber-optic internet service in Los Angeles.

What is the fastest internet in LA?

AT&T and Sonic have the fastest internet in Los Angeles with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps (or 1 Gbps).

What internet providers are available in Los Angeles?

LA has more than a dozen internet providers, some with more availability throughout the city than others. AT&T and Spectrum have the broadest coverage areas. The best way to determine if a provider is available in your neighborhood is to use the provider's website to "Check Availability" at your address.

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