- Long Beach has several options for fiber, cable, and DSL Internet.
- Charter, Frontier, and CenturyLink are the most commonly available ISPs.
- The 90th percentile average speed in Long Beach is a respectable 98.85 Mbps. The average accounting for all speed test results is 42.32 Mbps, according to our latest speed test data.
Best Residential Internet Providers
Comparing the top plans and providers in Long Beach can be time consuming thanks to all the advertising jargon. We’ve broken down the options into categories based on what actually matters and selected these providers as the “top value” option for most residents.
Frontier Communications - Top Pick
- Pricing: $2000 - $9500
- Max Down: 115 Mbps
- Max Up: 30 Mbps
Frontier is one of the better providers in the area, particularly for cord cutters who appreciate their lack of data caps. While the speeds aren’t always as fast as cable or fiber in most areas, they’re plenty fast enough to handle a Netflix habit. Their subscription TV packages include sports and other premium channels.
Charter Spectrum - Runner Up
- Pricing: $4499 - $10499
- Max Down: 300 Mbps
- Max Up: 20 Mbps
Charter Spectrum wins our recommendation with a combination of simple pricing, easy to understand installation process, and reliable performance. Their download speeds are above-average for the area, and their data use policies are friendly towards cord cutters who want to stream on Netflix or Hulu.
Residential Internet Providers Available in Long Beach
Long Beach is fortunate to have more options for wired Internet than many cities in the same size range. Some of these providers can only serve specific zip codes, so be sure to check your address using our Internet options search tool before bothering to do more research.
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Best Business Internet Providers
Business has more serious requirements than residential Internet. Here’s our top pick for Long Beach, with the broadest access across tech-friendly neighborhoods.
Frontier Communications - Business Pick
- Max Down: 115 Mbps
- Max Up: 30 Mbps
Frontier’s advanced network in the area supports the best speeds and reliability for small businesses, and includes scalable enterprise features built-in. It’s a good pick for medium-sized businesses that need affordable service with flexibility to grow.
Business Internet Providers Available in Long Beach
Small-to-medium businesses in less central parts of Long Beach have options as well, particularly if they can get by on high-tier cable and DSL service. Here’s a full list of providers servicing Long Beach.
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Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Long Beach
Long Beach has more than one cable provider, which gives them a leg up on many other cities in California. Competition has pushed local providers to actively improve infrastructure and boost the speed, ping, and quality of service to residential and business customers alike.
The intensity of competition isn’t the same in every neighborhood, so here’s a data map illustrating which areas are “hot” when it comes to broadband options.
Provider Competition Map
Long Beach Internet Speed Overview
The 90th percentile average speed in Long Beach is 98.85 Mbps. Average speeds accounting for all plans (including dial-up) vary a bit based on neighborhood, but the overall average is 42.32 Mbps.
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Average Residential download speeds within Long Beach
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Long Beach
Data caps, equipment rental fees, and many other “gotchas” are common among Long Beach Internet options. Data limits and hidden fees are particularly complex in the area. Be sure you understand any limits on your data usage before you sign, and don’t be afraid to call your provider if you notice confusing line items on your first bill. (Or any other bills for that matter.)
Data caps in Long Beach
Providers nationwide have been placing limits on how much data a user can download in a month. While the limits are usually in the terabyte range and not worth worrying about for the “average” internet user, data-heavy services like streaming are only getting more popular. High-resolution screens are also driving up data usage nationwide, particularly for gaming files, which have ballooned in size to provide 4k-worthy graphics information.
The overage fees for using too much data are surprisingly steep in Long Beach, so keep an eye on your data usage. If you use a lot of data, give preference to data-cap-free plans, if they are available in your neighborhood.
Long Beach Internet providers commonly offer to lease you a modem, router, or “gateway” unit along with Internet service. It may not be obvious from the marketing materials or sign-up process, but you can actually purchase your own equipment and save hundreds in the long run.
Subscribers who plan to be with their provider for multiple years are almost always better off buying their own router outright from a third party like Amazon rather than paying monthly fees. Just be sure to check the line items on your monthly bill if you go this route, as some Long Beach residents have reported issues with providers failing to remove the fee.
Long Beach’s local government is working diligently to improve infrastructure and digital services in the area.
Long Beach Fiber Expansion
The city’s Department of Technology and Innovation is currently working to expand city-owned fiber in Long Beach. Over 60 miles of fiber have already been installed, and in the long term the city is working to provide a first-class “backbone” for IP services in the area. The city cites the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) market and skyrocketing resident data needs as central motivators for working to improve public Internet infrastructure.
Low-Income Internet Access in Long Beach
Is Internet a luxury, or a right? Increasingly, lawmakers and the general public have been viewing it as a household essential similar to water, gas, and basic phone service. Without it, Long Beach residents are left on the dark side of a “digital divide” that locks them off from employment opportunities, connectivity, and education.
It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Local providers offer low-income Internet service for as little as ten dollars monthly, including installation and equipment. The speeds aren’t amazing, but 1–10 Gbps is better than zero when it comes to changing lives and connecting underserved Long Beach communities.
What About Google Fiber?
Google Fiber has no plan of installing their services in Long Beach. Google Fiber isn’t the only gigabit option in the country, though, and it’s likely that a similar “left field” provider will arrive in Long Beach in the near future — particularly as more flexible technologies like fixed wireless become a realistic option for broadband startups.
Ana De Castro
Ana De Castro cut her teeth as a SAP consultant for Deloitte during the original tech boom, and now works in a communications role in the telecom industry. When she isn’t explaining technical concepts to confused consumers, she enjoys traveling with her husband and two rambunctious kids.
James Webb is a tech and gadgets expert with a focus on educational content development. He draws on his background in the startup world to make complicated technologies and topics easy to understand for normal folks.