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Finding the Best Internet Service Providers in Los Angeles

Life in Southern California may be more relaxed than life in Manhattan, but that doesn’t mean that your Internet service should move at a similar pace. While you settle into life in Los Angeles, you need an Internet service provider (ISP) that can deliver reliable, high-speed Internet that will keep you up with the latest viral trends, Hollywood tweets, and emails from your agent.

Luckily, it’s easy to find a custom Internet plan and cable bundle from AT&T and DIRECTV through Bandwidth Place. With 15 years of experience, we can help you compare multiple plans that match the bandwidth you need to perform your daily digital tasks. Here we provide an overview to get you started with the best Internet providers in Los Angeles.

AT&T/DIRECTV Coverage in the Los Angeles Area

Currently, AT&T DSL Internet service covers 62.16 percent of Los Angeles, including:

  • Downtown
  • West Hollywood
  • Beverly Hills
  • North Hollywood
  • Sherman Oaks
  • Inglewood
  • Culver City
  • And more

AT&T Fiber℠ high-speed Internet is available in parts of Los Angeles, but not the whole city yet. Connections are available in LA proper, West Hollywood, and neighboring Pasadena.

To find out if your zip code is covered, call (619) 924-9995 to talk with our Internet specialists.

AT&T Internet Service Package Comparison

We’ve made it easy to compare Internet plans from AT&T. These are the AT&T Internet service packages you can get in Los Angeles based on speed:

Plan Speed Price # of Devices1 Inclusions
AT&T Internet 1000 (Fiber) 1000 Mbps download Starting at $90 per month, $80 when bundled 12
  • WiFi Gateway for your devices
  • AT&T Smart Home Manager App to manage your WiFi network
  • Waived professional installation fee ($99)
  • No data usage caps
AT&T Internet 300 (Fiber) 300 Mbps download Starting at $70 per month, $60 when bundled 11
  • WiFi Gateway for your devices
  • 1 TB of data/month
  • AT&T Smart Home Manager App to manage your WiFi network
  • Waived professional installation fee ($99)
AT&T Internet 100 (Fiber) 100 Mbps download/ 100 Mbps Upload Starting at $50 per month, $40 when bundled 10
  • WiFi Gateway for your devices
  • 1 TB of data/month
  • AT&T Smart Home Manager App to manage your WiFi network
  • Waived professional installation fee ($99)

 

How Much Speed Do You Need?

Speed is the key to accomplishing what you want online. Know beforehand how you will be using your Internet service in order to determine the bandwidth you require.

Activity Speed
Reading email, basic browsing, checking Dodgers scores 5 Mbps
Scrolling through Facebook, some video streaming, email 5–10 Mbps
Watching YouTube tutorials, some gaming, creating a playlist 10–25 Mbps
Netflix binges, larger downloads, Instagram posting 25–40 Mbps
Downloading a movie in seconds, creative collaboration, gaming 40+ Mbps

Download vs. Upload Speeds

You’ll notice that many Internet plans have different speeds for downloads and uploads. Downloading, which is much more common due to the amount of data you receive from each website, often requires higher bandwidth to be delivered “downstream.”

Uploads, such as social media photos or Skype calls, are less frequent because they do not happen every time you open a website. These speeds are usually slower, but you can get a plan with uploading speed that is equally fast (i.e. AT&T Internet 100).

The Difference Between Fiber, DSL, Cable, and Wireless?

When you look at the best Internet service plans for the LA area, you may see the words fiber, DSL, cable, or fixed wireless. What exactly do these terms mean?

  • Fiber-optic Internet connection uses fiber to deliver data through light. Though more expensive, this type of connection can be up to hundreds of Mbps faster than cable and DSL.
  • DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) Internet is transmitted over copper telephone lines that are already installed in your home. Speed depends on the distance of your home from the closest telephone company office, and this is often the slower — but a very inexpensive — option. Asymmetrical DSL, or ADSL, is common in residential Internet service because it has faster download speeds than upload speeds.
  • Cable Internet uses a coaxial cable to deliver information. Speeds can be higher than DSL.
  • Wireless Internet is delivered by directional equipment that emits and receives radio waves. Speeds are similar to DSL or cable.

As a top Internet provider, AT&T in LA offers fiber, wireless mobile, and DSL connections between 25 Mbps and 1000 Mbps to match your bandwidth needs. You can choose a basic plan or a package that enables you to stream television and send large files.

Choosing the Best AT&T Internet Plan

Whether you send a few emails in Burbank or you work from your home in Los Feliz, you should ask yourself the following questions when deciding on an Internet plan.

Questions to Ask When Selecting an Internet Plan:

  • How many members in the household need high-speed Internet?
  • How many devices does each person use, including teenagers and children?
  • Do I currently use less bandwidth than I already have or pay for?
  • Do I send large files for business or school?
  • Do I live far away from the closest telephone company’s office?
  • Can I afford a higher speed Internet?
  • Do I consume HD entertainment online rather than on television?

You can find answers to these questions and customize your plan with the best LA Internet provider by calling (619) 924-9995 to compare each plan with our team of experts.

Save Money with AT&T DIRECTV

Want to catch up on your favorite HBO drama or binge the new show everyone is talking about? Or maybe you want to stream video straight to your device while sitting on the beach. Save money on your monthly plan by adding DIRECTV or DIRECTV NOW to your AT&T Internet plan as a bundle.

DIRECTV is available throughout Los Angeles, as long as your building has an unobstructed place for a satellite dish. DIRECTV NOW can be accessed virtually anywhere because it is an online app.

Discover DIRECTV NOW

DIRECTV NOW is a live television streaming service that delivers shows to your computer, Apple TV, or tablet through an application. It’s easy and convenient — there’s no installation required and no cables or equipment.

For the best performance, you should have a high-speed Internet plan to stream without complications. Bundle this service with an Unlimited data plan from AT&T to watch as much television as you desire.

What Does DIRECTV Offer?

Here’s what you get when you choose one or both of DIRECTV’s television plans.

DIRECTV

  • 155+ introductory channels with DIRECTV ENTERTAINMENT starting at $35 for the first 12 months*
  • Several TV satellite packages offering 325+ total channels
  • Premium channels available at extra cost
  • HD DVR box, required for recording

DIRECTV NOW

  • 65+ introductory channels starting at $40
  • Five streaming plan options at 125+ total channels, including a Spanish language plan
  • Premium channels available at extra cost
  • No hardware requirements
  • Cloud DVR beta for limited recording

Choosing the Best DIRECTV Plan: Satellite or Streaming?

Each year, more consumers identify as “cord cutters,” switching from traditional cable or satellite television to streaming services. Whether the explanation is cost efficiency or a preference for watching television on-the-go, you should consider what is important to you.

Are you most interested in watching the local Lakers game from the comfort of your couch? Do you have a lot of mileage on your DVR? Then DIRECTV satellite television is a great bundle option. Or, do you prefer to watch videos on your phone while traveling or having coffee? Then DIRECTV NOW can be the perfect addition to an AT&T unlimited data plan.

Moving to Los Angeles: Fitting in the Best Internet Service

Los Angeles can be expensive. Figuring out how your Internet will fit into your budget can be a big help. We compared the cost of Internet service in LA to Internet service in other major cities around the country.

Internet Cost Comparison in LA
Average monthly cost of Internet in LA: $46
Cost of AT&T DSL Internet: Starting at $40
Internet Cost Comparison by City
Average monthly cost of Internet in… Chicago: $45
New York City: $47
San Francisco: $53
Houston: $46
Average Cost of Utilities in LA (without Internet) $99+

The conclusion? Monthly Internet costs in Los Angeles are similar to other large cities. Due to Los Angeles’ lower-than-average utility costs, your Internet payment can seem like a large purchase in comparison. The right Internet plan can save you money compared to your neighbors, especially if they use an Internet provider with higher-than-average monthly costs. Fortunately, starting price for AT&T/DIRECTV bundles can actually come in under your city’s average, as shown above.

Did you know?

The repeal of net neutrality rules can affect the speed of your Internet, especially because ISPs will no longer be prohibited from blocking content or slowing down websites backed by competitors. However, California has recently introduced strong legislation to bring back net neutrality protections. When choosing an ISP, remember to research how that ISP will impact your Internet’s content and speed. As a newcomer to LA, net neutrality laws and Internet speed will be especially relevant and could change.

What Angelenos Say About AT&T

Nationally, AT&T ranks second among other ISPs with the highest customer satisfaction. As an AT&T customer, you can be confident that you will receive quality service and reliable Internet performance.

In Los Angeles, criticism of ISPs like AT&T have been related to the high prices of Internet service, especially fiber Internet purchased mostly by higher-income households. AT&T has partnered with HACLA, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, to provide affordable Internet to low-income homes in Los Angeles.

Start Surfing with the Best LA Internet Provider Today

Get the assistance you need to start browsing the web and watching your favorite shows right away. You’re guaranteed to find the perfect bandwidth for your day to day.

Compare Internet plans with a Bandwidth Place specialist to choose the best Internet service provider in Los Angeles. Your specialist will check availability in your zip code and recommend the best plans.

Call (619) 924-9995 today to learn more about Internet and cable offers from AT&T and DIRECTV.

Plans offered by AT&T Internet vary by geographic region. Be be sure to verify pricing and plan terms with AT&T representatives before ordering service, as all plans or promotions may not be available in all areas or to all customers and can expire at any time. Updated on 8/29/2018.

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