Lake Charles, LA High Speed Internet Service
There are a total of 4 companies providing internet service to a significant portion of Lake Charles, Louisiana and meet the minimum accepted broadband definition of 25 Mbps download speed. Our proprietary ranking calculation takes into account different aspects of useable download speed, upload speed and coverage area. For example, an increase of 100 Mbps download speed from 200 Mbps to 300 Mbps is much more significant for users than an increase from 1000 Mbps to 1100Mpbs. Also, for nearly all users download speed is much more important than upload speed. Our ranked ordering of internet service providers in Lake Charles:
|Rank||Provider||Tech||Max Download Speed||Max Upload Speed||Availability|
|1||Optimum||Cable||1000 Mbps||50 Mbps||97.6%|
|2||AT&T||DSL, Fiber||1000 Mbps||1000 Mbps||27.8%|
|3||ViaSat||Satellite||100 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
|4||HughesNet||Satellite||25 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
Lake Charles LA 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
How does the average download speed for broadband internet in Lake Charles compare to Calcasieu Parish? The average speed in Lake Charles is 36.11 Mbps which is faster than Calcasieu Parish overall.
On a statewide basis this download speed is faster than the Louisiana average of 24.85 Mbps.
Lake Charles Internet Access Facts
Cable internet is available to 100.0% of the Lake Charles population
Fiber optic internet is available to 26.3% of Lake Charles residents
There are 4 residential internet providers in Lake Charles, LA providing service to at least 15% of the city
The average download speed in Lake Charles is 84.6% faster than the Calcasieu Parish average and 11.5% faster than the national average of 32.4 Mbps
The average internet download speed in Lake Charles is 36.11 Mbps based upon 131560 measurements taken in the last 12 months
DSL internet is available to 40.4% of Lake Charles residents
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 Lake Charles 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 Optimum as the top provider for Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Who has the fastest internet service in Lake Charles?
Optimum and AT&T with a download speed of 1000 Mbps provide the fastest internet service in Lake Charles.
What locations were used in calculating broadband internet coverage for Lake Charles, Louisiana?
The following zip codes were used: 70601, 70602, 70605, 70606, 70607, 70609, 70611, 70612, 70615, 70616 and 70629
How do the internet speeds in Lake Charles compare to other cities in Louisiana?
Is there DSL internet service near me?
Yes, there is 1 DSL provider in Lake Charles - AT&T.
What is an internet data cap?
Some internet providers on their lowest end plans limit the amount of data that can be downloaded in a month. Like cellular phone plans, when that usage limit is hit, an additional charge is added to the customer's bill. Data caps are typically 1TB or more. In a month you could send 40,000 emails, streaming music 24 hours a data, surf the web 24 hours a day plus stream HD video 12 hours a day and still not hit a 1TB limit. Fewer than 10% of customers hit their data caps in a month.
What is fixed wireless internet service?
Fixed wireless internet is typical used in rural areas where there are no buried telephone or cable lines. An antenna is attached to the home or business which transmits and receives data from access point towers. Download speeds are typically much better than with satellite.
How many broadband service providers are there near me?
Currently there are 4 companies that provide internet service to at least 15% of Lake Charles, LA residents.
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 is fiber internet service?
Fiber internet service transmits data by sending pulses of light over thin glass fiber optic cable. In most cases fiber internet service download speeds will be faster than cable or DSL, however, fiber service is limited with less than half of Americans living in an area with fiber coverage.
Lake Charles 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.
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