Many of the homes and structures in San Marino were built prior to WWII and are still in use today. The homes are some of the most expensive in the country. The white-collar people who live in them work largely in management and more than 10% of them telecommute. Although it's a small city, the highly educated residents expect the same activities and amenities available in larger cities. Nearly 40% of residents were born outside the US. San Marino residents use high-speed internet to connect with their employers and stay in contact with loved ones overseas.
AT&T's DSL connection reaches 100% of San Marion residents. They have competition from Sonic.net DSL, which reaches 6% of residents from San Gabriel Blvd to Sierra Madre Blvd. Cable is offered by Charter, which reaches 29% residents along Huntington Drive. Fiber optics are not yet offered.
Businesses in the area have the additional option of connecting through Megapath, which offers copper wire to 100% of commercial enterprises and DSL to 70% of businesses.