AT&T Internet offers fiber-backed internet service throughout Los Angeles. However, the speed varies widely based on location. The areas with fiber lines have speeds up to 1,000 Mbps download and upload, making it the fastest residential internet in Los Angeles.
AT&T internet in Los Angeles: a tale of two cities
AT&T has two networks for internet service in Los Angeles: a Fiber-to-the-Home network (called “AT&T Fiber”) and a Fiber-to-the-Node network (called “AT&T DSL”, or “AT&T IPBB”).
Between these two networks, AT&T has 100% availability within LA city limits.
Their fiber network is available to around 20% of Los Angeles, while the other 70% of the city falls back to the older DSL service.
The reason this matters is because while both networks cost the same price, AT&T Fiber has speeds up to 1,000 Mbps, while AT&T DSL is only 25–100 Mbps.
In some parts of the city, the speed is even lower — some locations in Los Feliz don’t even reach 1 Mbps advertised price.
AT&T internet-only plans
As described above, AT&T internet speeds vary by location. However, one thing does not vary — the price of service.
AT&T currently prices all their plans the same, and only offers one plan per location. This means that, regardless of the speed offered at your building, the price is always $49.99/month.
|Plan Name||Download Speed||Promo Price||Final Price|
|Internet Basic 5||5 Mbps||$49.99/mo||$59.99|
|Internet 25||25 Mbps||$49.99/mo||$59.99|
|Internet 50||50 Mbps||$49.99/mo||$59.99|
|Internet 100||100 Mbps||$49.99/mo||$59.99|
|Internet 1000||1000 Mbps||$49.99/mo||$59.99|
As a result, AT&T is a good deal if you can get the 1,000 Mbps fiber speed (or at least the top-end 100 Mbps DSL speed). If you can’t get at least 75 Mbps, their primary competitor in LA, Spectrum cable, will almost certainly be a better experience for you.
One thing to be aware of with AT&T’s internet-only plans is that they have a data limit of 1 TB. Most customers won’t have an issue with this, but if you stream hours of HD video daily in a family home, it can add up and result in overage fees (they charge by the GB once you exceed the cap). If you use more than 1 TB of data monthly, Spectrum is again a better choice, since they don’t cap usage.
Thankfully, they do not require a contract, so you can simply cancel service at any time if the service doesn’t live up to the advertised performance.
AT&T TV Plans
AT&T has a dizzying array of television options, including “AT&T TV,” DirecTV, AT&T TV NOW, U-Verse, HBO GO, and their streamed HBO product (which comes in two sub-categories).
As of 2020, the primary television product they’re pushing is “AT&T TV,” which is very similar to a cable bundle, but is delivered over-the-top via your AT&T internet connection.
At this time, the pricing is extremely low for AT&T TV. However, the price goes up dramatically after the first year, and it requires a two-year contract… so by the time all is said and done, you’re paying more than a hundred dollars on most plans, outside of your internet cost.
With all that in mind, we do not recommend the service unless you have AT&T internet already and no other way to get your regional sports fix.
If you need NFL Sunday Ticket, the only way to do so is still by subscribing to AT&T’s satellite TV service, DirecTV. You can get $10/month off if you bundle it with internet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I bundle AT&T internet with AT&T mobile service?
AT&T internet customers can bundle with mobile, but it will only save around $10/month on the final bill. Promotions come and go for this type of bundle, but we’ve yet to see one that made it worth considering.
Do I have to have a landline to get AT&T Internet?
AT&T no longer requires customers to have a landline phone in order to subscribe to DSL internet service.
Is AT&T U-Verse still available?
AT&T U-Verse is still available for existing customers, but they have been working on removing the product for more than a year. Therefore, new customers cannot sign up, and existing customers cannot get equipment upgrades. If you’re a U-Verse customer, chances are you’ve been getting some mail from AT&T about switching to their new AT&T TV product.
AT&T Subsidized Internet Plans for Low-Income Los Angeles Households
AT&T offers subsidized internet plans for Los Angeles residents who fall within certain income limits. The program is called “AT&T Access.”
In Los Angeles, they verify income by only offering the service to households that participate in these existing state and government programs for low-income assistance:
- Supplemental Nutritional Access Program (SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
During the Covid-19 crisis, AT&T has expanded the program to include households that participate in these programs:
- National School Lunch Programs
- Head Start Programs
During Covid-19, they also have expanded access in Los Angeles to households with low income that do not participate in specific programs. The income requirements are as follows:
- 1 household member: maximum income $17,226/yr.
- 2 household member: maximum income $23,274/yr.
- 3 household member: maximum income $29,322/yr.
- 4 household member: maximum income $35,370/yr.
- 5 household member: maximum income $41,418/yr.
For larger households, see their official site.
|Plan Name||Speed Down/Up||Monthly Price||WiFi Fee|
|AT&T Access 10||10/Variable Mbps||$$10/mo||$0/mo|