Best South Lake Tahoe Internet Service Providers
Broadband is defined as internet service with a minimum download speed of 25 Mbps. There are 4 choices for service in South Lake Tahoe, CA that meet this minimum speed threshold. Of course, many households will find this minimum speed is not sufficient for their needs, especially if they often have multiple downloads occurring simultaneously.
We aim to help you find the best choice when shopping for high speed internet service in South Lake Tahoe by using our ranking algorithm that takes into consideration the upload speed, download speed, coverage area and overall value. A summary of our results is as follows:
|Rank||Provider||Tech||Max Download Speed||Max Upload Speed||Availability|
|1||Spectrum||Cable||940 Mbps||35 Mbps||99.1%|
|2||ViaSat||Satellite||100 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
|3||HughesNet||Satellite||25 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
|4||Highlands Wireless||wireless||25 Mbps||5 Mbps||19.3%|
South Lake Tahoe CA Internet Access Options
Studies have shown that the competition from having two or more broadband internet providers in a community leads to lower prices and better overall service.
The chart below graphs the segment of the population which has a choice of internet providers at four different ranges of download speeds.
Broadband Internet Speeds
For most users, the average download speed of their internet service is more important than their upload speed. However, upload speed plays at least some role for all users.
Average upload speeds in South Lake Tahoe of 3.31 Mbps are slower than the El Dorado County upload speeds and slower than the statewide average for California.
South Lake Tahoe Internet Access Facts
The average upload speed in South Lake Tahoe is 3.31 Mbps. This is 55% slower than the average in California and 71.5% slower than the national average of 11.56 Mbps
The average download speed in South Lake Tahoe is 50.3% faster than the El Dorado County average and 36.7% slower than the national average of 32.4 Mbps
The average upload speed in South Lake Tahoe is 3.31 Mbps. This is 1.2% slower than the El Dorado County average and 71.5% slower than the national average of 11.56 Mbps
Cable internet is available to 75.8% of El Dorado County residents
Fiber optic internet is available to 3.9% of El Dorado County residents
The average internet download speed in El Dorado County is 13.65 Mbps based upon 564272 samples taken in the past year
Internet Access Technologies
DSL, Cable, Fiber and Fixed Wireless are four common types of technology used to provide internet access. The following chart shows the percentage of South Lake Tahoe residents who have access to each of these technology types.
Internet Service FAQs
Who has the best internet service near me?
Our proprietary algorithm that takes into consideration download speed, upload speed, availability and overall value ranks Spectrum as the top provider for South Lake Tahoe, California.
How do the internet speeds in South Lake Tahoe compare to other cities in California?
Click through to see how the South Lake Tahoe broadband speeds compare to these other cities throughout the state: Arroyo Grande, Cathedral City, Garberville, Palm Springs, Redondo Beach, Santa Paula, Upland
How many broadband service providers are there near me?
Currently there are 4 companies that provide internet service to at least 15% of South Lake Tahoe, CA residents.
What is cable internet service?
Cable internet service streams data through the same coaxial cables used for cable television. In nearly all instances cable internet will be faster than DSL. Cable internet is available to nearly 90% of Americans but does not have as much coverage in remote areas as DSL.
What is Mbps?
Mbps is an abbreviation for Megabits Per Second and represents the rate of data transmission. A larger value for download Mbps or upload Mbps means a file will take less time to be sent than it will with an internet connection with a lower Mbps.
What download speed do I need to stream movies?
For HD movies and shows Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu all recommend a minimum of 5 Mbps. Streaming 4K/UHD content requires a minimum of 25 Mbps for Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu.
What locations were used in calculating broadband internet coverage for South Lake Tahoe, California?
The following zip codes were used: 96150, 96151, 96152, 96154, 96155, 96156, 96157 and 96158
Who has the fastest internet service in South Lake Tahoe?
Spectrum with a download speed of 940 Mbps provides the fastest internet service in South Lake Tahoe.
South Lake Tahoe Cable TV, Satellite TV and Streaming Services
Our ranking of internet service plans can make choosing a new provider fairly easy. Selecting a TV provider is more difficult as additional variables are involved. If you are a heavy TV viewer and/or watch in multiple rooms at the same time, a traditional cable TV package or satellite TV provider may be the best option for you. However, if you live in a rental property or a heavily wooded area, satellite TV may not be a viable option. Streaming TV packages can be a good option for many, especially if your internet plan does not have a data limit. Read through the pros and cons of the various TV packages available to you and chose the best match to your viewing needs.
- 125+ channels
- Flexible packages
- 85,000 OnDemand titles
- All plans feature sports, breaking news, movies plus Spectrum Originals
- 290+ channels
- Satellite coverage virtually anywhere
- 4 video package tiers
- Access to apps, Google assistant and 2000 hour smart DVR
- 85+ channels
- Unlimited cloud DVR
- Local network coverage
- Sports plus, Spanish plus and premium movie add-ons
- 140+ channels
- Unlimited cloud DVR
- Local network and sports coverage
- Unlimited streams in-home. TV to go with the DIRECTV app