With internet and cable companies combining their offerings, bundling their services and merging with each other, it can be confusing trying to figure out which provider and services to choose. Some parts of California have limited options as far as cable television, but may have several choices when it comes to internet service providers. To help guide you through the maze of finding the right internet and cable TV providers, here’s a list of resources to help familiarize yourself with the options available if you’re moving to California.
California Cable & Telecommunications Association – The CCTA is the biggest cable and telecom association in the state and represents the industry in matters pertaining to law, regulations and policy.
Cable Industry Data – Industry data from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, which is a trade association for the United States cable industry. In addition to stats and information, there’s also a news and events section and a blog about the industry.
Internet Service Provider Search – The California Public Utilities Commission has a helpful tool for searching state internet providers by area code, county, company name or service type.
California Cable Companies – A comprehensive list of cable companies that offer services in California. The alphabetical list includes hundreds of cities in California, from Acton to Yucca Valley.
Google Fiber – Find information about which current cites have Google Fiber and what prospective cities may in the near future. The high-speed fiber optic internet and television service is currently planned in the following California cities: Santa Clara, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Palo Alto.
DSL Reports – A neutral news and tech information hub that shares information and reviews about internet service providers. A very informative site with lots of information and an active user forum.
ISP Speed Test – Test the speed of your internet service provider against that of locations around the world by using this helpful online tool that includes an interactive map. There’s also a “speed index” that’s sortable by state and city.
Stop Think Connect – A website devoted to raising national public awareness about online safety issues, which include tips, surveys, research and best practices for navigating the worldwide web.
Internet Crime Complain Center – The IC3 website was formed out of a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center. The website accepts claims from either victims or from a third party and sends the information to the appropriate regulatory bodies.
FCC Encyclopedia – An explanation of what affects broadband speed, as well as what to look for when choosing an internet service provider. There’s also news, blogs, information and ISP speed testing and reporting available on the website.
Understanding Broadband Speeds – A study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that takes an in-depth look at broadband speeds, how they’re measured and which methods are most appropriate.
California Wi-Fi Hotspots – Find free Wi-Fi hotspots in California, including information about State Parks and cities that offer free wireless internet access. Cities on the list include Bakersfield Calabasas, Culver City, Hayward, Healdsburg, Long Beach, Merced, Milpitas, Mountain View, Santa Monica and Santa Rosa.