Installing the internet connection in your home takes less than 24 hours and is set up at company headquarters. A Social Security Number or the US driver’s license is required when opening an internet account. As long as you have these pieces of information handy, you can set it up by either calling in or online. Service providers use your SSN to check up on past defaults and debts. The internet company will place an automated telephone call to let you know your service is ready to use.
If you don’t yet have a Social Security Number or a local license, then a walk in to a shop is necessary where you will need to bring with you your passport and a copy of your rental or home owners agreement.
Following are major internet providers. Visit their website and check the availability in your area. Many companies also offer bundle deals (combine internet and house phone/vable TV/cell Phones), which lower overall prices.
DSL plans from Basic/Standard to Elite/Fastest: $14.95 – $19.00 per month.
High speed internet plans from $19.99 per month.
Time Warner Cable
High speed internet plans from Standard to Turbo: $39.99 – $49.99 per month.
Plans from $19.99 for 768 kbps to 1 Mbps – $139.99 with FiOS internet with lightening speed of 50 Mbps.
LA’s internet cafes are still popular hangouts for teenagers, those who cannot afford a personal computer, or recent residents who do not yet have their internet installed. Fees are charged by the minute with special rates for all day use. Cafes are usually small independent operations and most offer a privacy room, fax and printing facilities. Many, in fact, just provide internet service with no café facilities attached.
All public libraries provide internet access for free for 15 minute increments. Walk-ins or advanced booking is available through the library website if you are a library member. http://www.lapl.org/
Fedex Office Ship Center
Free WiFi available
7630 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
The Healthy Bean
8470 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069