How to get internet in Los Angeles County
We’re not all city birds! Spanning close to 5,000 square miles, Los Angeles County includes thousands of homes that don’t have access to fiber or cable internet. Even if you live on a remote ranch or tiny resort town, you can get satellite internet from HughesNet or Viasat as long as you have a view of the southern sky. (That rules out any cave dwellers, apparently.)
Satellite internet in Los Angeles County
If you’re considering satellite internet from HughesNet or Viasat, it’ll require having a technician install a satellite dish on the side of your home. Most satellite plans also require a one- to two-year contract. Satellite plans vary in price from $30 per month to $150 or more per month. The price difference is not just about speed. Satellite internet data is metered, so your price also depends on how much data you are purchasing each month.
Neither satellite internet provider will cut you off once you reach your data max each month, but both will slow you down to the speed of molasses until your data resets the following month. That’s why satellite internet should be used as a last resort, when other connection types aren’t available.
Northern Los Angeles County internet
Thousands of Los Angeles County residents don’t have access to fiber or cable internet speeds. For these folks, satellite internet is sometimes the fastest option—including people living in Lake Hughes and nearby settlements in the Angeles National Forest. Other than small and unincorporated communities, most larger towns in the area—like Lancaster, Palmdale, and Lake Los Angeles—have fiber and cable internet available that’s going to be a better option than satellite internet.
Antelope Valley internet
Residents of Valyermo, Llano, and communities skirting the Mojave desert may get the fastest speeds with satellite internet. Although technically this area is covered by AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile, mobile reception can be spotty, so hotspotting may not be an option.
Southern Los Angeles County internet
Southern Los Angeles County takes in LA itself, as well as urban cities like Long Beach, Torrence, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Pasadena, West Covina, Burbank, and Santa Clarita. If you live in Southern Los Angeles County, you’ll probably have access to fiber internet from Frontier or AT&T, cable internet from Spectrum, and maybe even a couple of local fixed-wireless providers. People in Southern Los Angeles County usually don’t use satellite internet, since it’s more expensive and there are plenty of faster, cheaper options available. Mobile service is also available from all major providers.
Santa Catalina Island internet
If you’re lucky enough to have a vacation home in the resort town of Avalon on Catalina Island, satellite internet might also be your best bet since it offers the fastest download speeds. Catalina Broadband Solutions also provides service to some parts of town and—although it has a max speed of 10 Mbps—it gives you unlimited data, which is a big perk. If you’re looking for mobile service, you can get a signal from Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, or AT&T in the city of Avalon, but Verizon has better coverage around the island.