Louisiana Internet Guide

If you’re looking for internet service in Louisiana, then we have just the guide for you.

What you’ll find below is information regarding new service providers, including both the major (nationwide) ISPs, as well as the local residential and business internet providers. Below that we cover the connections in the state, average speeds, 3G coverage and free wi-fi hotspots in Louisiana.

Find the Best Internet Service Provider in Your Area of Louisiana

Local Residential Internet Service Providers

What we have here are internet service providers local to Louisiana. These 2 in particular provide internet access to residential areas.

  • Vision Communications: Vision Communicationsoffers internet packages for residential service. They have a Standard package for $56.99/month with download speed of 5 Mbps and a Premium package for $66.99/month with download speed of 10 Mbps. Check out their services by calling (800) 256-5665.
  • CP-TEL: CP-TEL’s internet packages include a broadband internet with 10 Mbps for $49.95/month, 20 Mbps for $69.95/month, and 40 Mbps for $109.95/month. Call them at (318) 352-0006 for more information.
  • RTC: Reserve Telecommunications provide coax based broadband internet in the broader Reserve area starting at 35 Mbps for $53.90/month, including modem/router rental. Speeds up to 65 Mbps are available. RTC can be reached at (888) 611–6111

Local Business Internet Service Providers

These 4 listings are local to Louisiana as well, and focus on providing internet connections and services to small businesses.

  • Bluebird Broadband Services: Bluebird Broadband offers internet packages for your business. They have a Classic Blue package with download speed of 512 Kbps at $69.95/month, Premier Blue with 1 Mbps at $99.95/month, Ultra Blue with 2 Mbps at $199.95/month, Big Blue T with 3 Mbps at $349.95/month, and Extreme Blue with 5 Mbps at $499.95/month. Contact them at 888.501.2583
  • Integrated Data Systems: Integrated Data Systems offers internet bandwidth from 2 Mbps to 40 Gbps. Price quotation on the internet package for your business varies so you may call them for more details at 504.267.9955.
  • NTS: NTS has business internet services available for your office. They have a Business XDSL with up to 1.5 Mbps download speed at $44.95/month, Business XDSL Plus with up to 3.0 Mbps download speed at $59.95/month, and Business XDSL Premium with up to 6.0 Mbps download speed at $74.95/month. Contact them at 800.658.2150.
  • RTC: Reserve Telecommunications provide Business connections in the broader Reserve area starting at 35 Mbps for $58.90/month, including modem rental. Speeds up to 65 Mbps are available for $100.90/month including modem. Call them at (888) 611–6111 for more information.

Louisiana Internet Connections and Coverage

In this section we take a look at the internet connection speeds in Louisiana, as well as what the 3G coverage looks like.

In regards to speed, the state of Louisiana has an average speed of 13.02 Mbps, which is slightly higher than the national average of 12.55 Mbps.

The 5 cities with the fastest internet speed in Louisiana are:

  • Opelousas – 24.96 Mbps
  • Hammond – 21.37 Mbps
  • Westwego – 19.43 Mbps
  • Thibodaux – 19.29 Mbps
  • Harvey – 19.11 Mbps

The 5 fastest internet service providers in Louisiana are:

  • Charter Communications – 24.52 Mbps
  • Bluebird Wireless Broadband – 19.43 Mbps
  • Cox – 17.33 Mbps
  • Comcast – 15.33 Mbps
  • Advanced Tel –  12.31 Mbps

Keep in mind that these stats can change at any time. For the most accurate stats, visit the Louisiana page at NetIndex.com.

Mobile 3G Internet Coverage for Louisiana

Here is an idea as to what the 3G coverage looks like in Louisiana. Keep in mind that coverage changes all the time, so to get the most accurate coverage you’ll want to visit the provider’s site.

Below we cover the 3 biggest mobile providers and the areas their service is available in, or not in, and why not.

Clear: Clear has mobile coverage in key areas. Here they are to name a few: Shreveport, Ruston, Monroe, Natchitoches, Alexandria, Opelousas, Baton Rouge, Hammond, Lake Charles, New Iberia, Thibodaux and New Orleans.

AT&T: AT&T has good and strong signal for 3G in Louisiana. Only a few places such as the uplands in the North have little mobile coverage from AT&T.

Verizon: Verizon’s mobile coverage is spread out (well) in this state. Only areas where there are mountains, rivers and forests have weak to no 3G coverage.

Top 5 Colleges in Louisiana & Their Internet Access

What we have here are the top 5 colleges in the state of Louisiana and what they provide students in the way of internet access, and if available, how to get it.

Tulane University

Wireless access is available in all academic buildings on campus and in public spaces, such as study halls, in residence halls. Members of the Tulane community who wish to use the wireless network must register their wireless card at https://tuwac.tcs.tulane.edu. The SSID is “tulane” in all lower-case letters.

Louisiana State University

The LSUSecure wireless network is available to all LSU students, faculty, and staff. It provides all the conveniences of a regular wired connection without the need for cables. As a shared resource, wireless networking is intended primarily to supplement the campus wired infrastructure, not to replace it.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Students can use the wireless internet on campus of Univerisity f Louisiana at Lafayette by connecting to the UWIN network. A log-in is required to use the UWIN wireless service. Once you have successfully logged in (authenticated) you will be able to use wireless services from UWIN for the rest of the day, even if you change your physical location (for example, move from Dupree Library to the Student Union) you will not have to log in again.

Southeastern Louisiana University

To connect to the Southeastern wireless network, use the sluwireless network. If you are Student, Faculty or Staff, you need to have login information. If you are a visitor or guest, click the guest link. There you fill in your name, company or organization, all other information requested, and the email address of a faculty or staff member that knows you’re on campus and need wireless access.  The information is stored in a database and an email sent to the faculty or staff member.

Louisiana Tech University

LoyolaNet, a state-of-the-art computer networking system, provides access to electronic mail, news groups, home pages, mailing lists, library resources, course offerings, student records, and financial information as well as a high-speed connection to the Internet and World Wide Web.  All faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, residence halls, and common study areas provide outlets for connecting personal computers to the network.  Wireless network access is also provided in all areas of the campus. To connect to wireless internet, only choose the network named “Loyola” or “Loyola-Net”. If a list does not appear, visit the IT Help Desk.

Free Internet Access Spots in Louisiana

Libraries, inns and hotels, restaurants, book shops, and cafes in Louisiana are places that you can get wireless internet access free. Other wi-fi networks available free include:

  • Pal’s Lounge in New Orleans
  • Ultimate Fitness in New Orleans
  • Sonic in Pineville
  • Rebecca Truck Plaza in Schriever
  • Comfort Suites in Port Allen

Please note that this is not a complete list by any means, but more or less a list to give you an idea of where to go or what to look for to access free wireless internet in Louisiana.