Best California Internet Service Providers
There are a total of 3 companies providing internet service to a significant portion of California, Pennsylvania 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 California:
|Rank||Provider||Tech||Max Download Speed||Max Upload Speed||Availability|
|1||Armstrong Holdings||Cable||1000 Mbps||25 Mbps||74.3%|
|2||ViaSat||Satellite||100 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
|3||HughesNet||Satellite||25 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
California PA Internet Access Options
When it comes to high speed internet availability, download speeds and overall customer satisfaction, cities with more than a single provider more often than not lead in all of these categories.
Does California have more than a single option at 25 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 250 Mbps and 1000 Mbps? The diagram below shows a summary:
Broadband Internet Speeds
Curious how fast the average internet speeds in California are compared to Washington County? Also, curious how the speeds compare to Pennsylvania overall?
Average download speeds in California of 32.3 Mbps are faster than the Washington County average download speeds and faster than the statewide average for Pennsylvania.
California Internet Access Facts
The average upload speed in California is 7.19 Mbps. This is 30.5% faster than the Washington County average and 38% slower than the national average of 11.56 Mbps
Cable internet is available to 93.2% of Washington County residents
Fiber optic internet is available to 32.8% of Washington County residents
The average internet download speed in Washington County is 24.66 Mbps based upon 254328 samples taken in the past year
The average download speed in California is 4.4% faster than the average in Pennsylvania and 0.3% slower than the national average of 32.4 Mbps
The average internet download speed in California is 32.3 Mbps based upon 17624 measurements taken in the last 12 months
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 California 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 Armstrong Holdings as the top provider for California, Pennsylvania.
How do the internet speeds in California compare to other cities in Pennsylvania?
Click through to see how the California broadband speeds compare to these other cities throughout the state: Birmingham, Butler, Central City, Phoenixville, Spry, Village Shires, West Hills
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 California, Pennsylvania?
The following zip codes were used: 15417, 15419, 15423 and 15427
Who has the fastest internet service in California?
Armstrong Holdings with a download speed of 1000 Mbps provides the fastest internet service in California.
Is there DSL internet service near me?
Unlikely. Our records indicate there are no DSL providers that offer coverage to more than 15% of residents in California, Pennsylvania.
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.
California 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.
- 290+ channels
- Satellite coverage virtually anywhere
- 4 video package tiers
- Access to apps, Google assistant and 2000 hour smart DVR
Hulu Live TV
- 75+ channels
- Access to premium Hulu originals
- Includes Disney+ and ESPN+
- 2 simultaneous streams supported on a broad array of devices
- 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
- 180+ channels
- 1000 hours of cloud DVR
- Local network coverage
- Extensive sports coverage plus sports add-on packages
- 50+ channels
- 50 hours of DVR storage
- No annual contracts
- Up to 4 simultaneous streams across a wide variety of devices