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Broadband Service in Pennsylvania

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Internet Access in Pennsylvania

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Coverage by County

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90.5%
90.5% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
51.9%
51.9% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

100.4

11th

Broadband Speeds

94.8%

of Pennsylvanians have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

18.3%

of Pennsylvanians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

98.8%

of Pennsylvanians have access to wireline service.

44.3%

of Pennsylvanians have access to fiber-optic service.

94.8%

of Pennsylvanians have access to cable service.

82.4%

of Pennsylvanians have access to DSL service.

Largest Competing Providers In Pennsylvania

Coverage by County in Pennsylvania

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Adams 93.5%
Allegheny 99.3%
Armstrong 95.3%
Beaver 98.4%
Bedford 75.4%
Berks 98.1%
Blair 86.3%
Bradford 69.8%
Bucks 98.7%
Butler 96.4%
Cambria 89.8%
Cameron 95.0%
Carbon 97.6%
Centre 89.5%
Chester 99.0%
Clarion 85.0%
Clearfield 80.6%
Clinton 91.5%
Columbia 78.5%
Crawford 78.8%
Cumberland 95.5%
Dauphin 98.8%
Delaware 99.0%
Elk 96.3%
Erie 94.4%
Fayette 87.9%
Forest 73.4%
Franklin 91.4%
Fulton 44.5%
Greene 79.3%
Huntingdon 82.6%
Indiana 80.3%
Jefferson 89.6%
Juniata 84.2%
Lackawanna 88.0%
Lancaster 96.3%
Lawrence 96.0%
Lebanon 98.1%
Lehigh 99.9%
Luzerne 96.5%
Lycoming 91.8%
McKean 84.8%
Mercer 90.5%
Mifflin 91.9%
Monroe 99.1%
Montgomery 99.1%
Montour 72.8%
Northampton 100.0%
Northumberland 83.9%
Perry 86.3%
Philadelphia 99.4%
Pike 98.9%
Potter 71.9%
Schuylkill 92.0%
Snyder 74.5%
Somerset 83.8%
Sullivan 35.4%
Susquehanna 23.2%
Tioga 77.1%
Union 71.4%
Venango 91.4%
Warren 70.4%
Washington 94.2%
Wayne 58.5%
Westmoreland 97.8%
Wyoming 89.5%
York 97.2%

Internet Speed in Top Pennsylvania Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Philadelphia 97.2 MBPS 31 Providers
2. Pittsburgh 110.0 MBPS 29 Providers
3. Reading 99.2 MBPS 26 Providers
4. Erie 55.5 MBPS 17 Providers
5. York 79.1 MBPS 17 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Pennsylvania

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Verizon Fios 139.9 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 116.4 MBPS
RCN 105.7 MBPS
Verizon High Speed Internet 97.3 MBPS
Windstream 26.8 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Pennsylvania, 2020

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 9/1/2020.

In comparison to the rest of the country, Pennsylvania ranks 11th in terms of broadband access. The best high-speed coverage in Pennsylvania is concentrated in the southeast and west-central ends of the state. At this time, 43.4% of Pennsylvanians have access to fiber-optic service, which is significantly higher than the 25% of Americans who have access to fiber internet on a nationwide scale. User speed tests show that Pennsylvania’s average download speed is 144.7 Mbps. This download speed is comparable to average speeds in Washington State, New Hampshire, and Arizona.

The Digital Divide in Pennsylvania

While some of Pennsylvania’s residents have access to low-priced, high-speed internet, other Pennsylvanians remain without access to the same affordable technology. This constitutes what is known as a digital divide and can be measured by the following data.

When it comes to high-speed internet access, 95.1% of Pennsylvanians have access to wired broadband with speeds of 25 Mbps or faster. However, 598,000 people in Pennsylvania do not currently have access to a wired connection capable of such speeds. Further, while there are 213 internet providers offering services in Pennsylvania, 162,000 people in Pennsylvania don't have any wired internet providers available where they live, and another 619,000 people only have access to one internet provider at their place of residence, giving them very limited options when choosing an internet plan.

Affordability data reveals that 51.9% of Pennsylvania’s residents have access to a low-priced internet plan costing $60 or less per month. This is nearly consistent with the nationwide average of 51.5% of consumers with access to the same.

Best-Connected Cities

Pennsylvania is relatively well-connected on a statewide level; however, there are a few cities that offer the best combination of speed, coverage, and price within the state. The five most well-connected cities in Pennsylvania are Allentown, Bethlehem, Pittsburgh, Drexel Hill, and Philadelphia, with Allentown ranking best in the state.

Worst-Connected Cities

On the other end of the spectrum, the cities with the worst internet connection in Pennsylvania are West Middletown, Oakland Mills, Camel, Amberson, and Roxbury, with West Middletown ranking lowest in the state.

Compare Pennsylvania to other states nationwide here.

Governmental Initiatives

Since 2010, the PA Department of Community and Economic Development has been awarded $7,356,301 in federal grants to further broadband development and mapping within Pennsylvania.

An additional $128,444,692 in federal grants has funded broadband infrastructure projects throughout the state.

The information above is taken from a mix of public and private datasets. More about our data here.

Sources: Data collected via the FCC, NTIA, and other sources. For a full list of data sources please visit our data page.

Pennsylvania Cities

Average speed over time
Abington 100.0% 13 providers
Aliquippa 98.4% 14 providers
Allentown 100.0% 25 providers
Allison Park 99.9% 14 providers
Altoona 91.8% 15 providers
Ambler 99.7% 16 providers
Apollo 98.4% 14 providers
Aston 100.0% 16 providers
Bangor 100.0% 14 providers
Beaver 99.5% 13 providers
Beaver Falls 98.6% 15 providers
Belle Vernon 99.4% 13 providers
Bellefonte 96.8% 16 providers
Bensalem 93.7% 17 providers
Berwick 94.7% 11 providers
Bethel Park 98.4% 15 providers
Bethlehem 100.0% 18 providers
Birdsboro 98.8% 13 providers
Bloomsburg 79.5% 14 providers
Blue Bell 99.9% 18 providers
Boyertown 98.8% 14 providers
Bradford 92.8% 12 providers
Bridgeville 99.2% 17 providers
Bristol 99.2% 17 providers
Brookhaven 100.0% 12 providers
Broomall 100.0% 14 providers
Bryn Mawr 98.9% 17 providers
Butler 97.4% 12 providers
Camp Hill 89.5% 17 providers
Canonsburg 99.8% 17 providers
Carbondale 0.1% 12 providers
Carlisle 97.7% 14 providers
Carnegie 99.1% 15 providers
Chalfont 99.9% 14 providers
Chambersburg 97.1% 11 providers
Chester 99.5% 11 providers
Chester Springs 99.9% 12 providers
Clairton 98.7% 14 providers
Clarks Summit 98.5% 9 providers
Clifton Heights 100.0% 13 providers
Coatesville 99.7% 15 providers
Collegeville 91.0% 15 providers
Columbia 99.7% 9 providers
Connellsville 91.8% 12 providers
Conshohocken 99.9% 16 providers
Coraopolis 98.9% 18 providers
Cranberry Twp 100.0% 16 providers
Dallas 95.4% 11 providers
Danville 76.6% 13 providers
Darby 99.5% 14 providers
Denver 99.3% 11 providers
Dillsburg 97.3% 16 providers
Douglassville 99.3% 15 providers
Dover 97.5% 14 providers
Downingtown 99.8% 14 providers
Doylestown 97.9% 16 providers
Drexel Hill 100.0% 14 providers
Du Bois 78.9% 13 providers
East Stroudsburg 99.0% 15 providers
Easton 100.0% 19 providers
Elizabethtown 98.4% 12 providers
Elkins Park 100.0% 14 providers
Ellwood City 94.7% 12 providers
Emmaus 100.0% 14 providers
Enola 99.8% 12 providers
Ephrata 96.4% 12 providers
Erie 99.7% 17 providers
Exton 99.0% 17 providers
Feasterville Trevose 98.8% 20 providers
Fleetwood 98.0% 14 providers
Franklin 99.2% 13 providers
Gettysburg 92.4% 9 providers
Gibsonia 99.5% 14 providers
Gilbertsville 99.9% 12 providers
Glen Mills 95.7% 15 providers
Glenshaw 99.9% 14 providers
Glenside 99.6% 14 providers
Greencastle 97.1% 10 providers
Greensburg 98.3% 19 providers
Greenville 85.4% 13 providers
Grove City 94.0% 12 providers
Hanover 99.7% 11 providers
Harleysville 99.9% 17 providers
Harrisburg 99.3% 22 providers
Hatboro 99.2% 16 providers
Hatfield 99.9% 17 providers
Havertown 100.0% 14 providers
Hazleton 97.2% 15 providers
Hermitage 99.7% 15 providers
Hershey 99.8% 15 providers
Hollidaysburg 88.6% 12 providers
Homestead 99.6% 14 providers
Horsham 96.9% 17 providers
Hummelstown 100.0% 13 providers
Huntingdon 89.8% 13 providers
Huntingdon Valley 99.9% 13 providers
Indiana 95.1% 15 providers
Irwin 99.7% 14 providers
Jeannette 99.2% 12 providers
Jenkintown 100.0% 19 providers
Johnstown 93.9% 15 providers
Kennett Square 99.8% 15 providers
King Of Prussia 99.8% 21 providers
Kingston 100.0% 15 providers
Kittanning 96.4% 11 providers
Kutztown 87.5% 17 providers
Lake Ariel 11.3% 13 providers
Lancaster 99.6% 16 providers
Langhorne 98.8% 18 providers
Lansdale 99.4% 16 providers
Lansdowne 100.0% 14 providers
Latrobe 94.0% 15 providers
Lebanon 99.1% 15 providers
Lehighton 100.0% 11 providers
Levittown 97.5% 16 providers
Lewisburg 73.6% 11 providers
Lewistown 97.9% 13 providers
Lititz 98.7% 15 providers
Lock Haven 93.8% 11 providers
Macungie 99.8% 18 providers
Malvern 99.9% 17 providers
Manheim 98.3% 13 providers
Marcus Hook 98.4% 15 providers
Mars 97.5% 15 providers
Mc Donald 99.2% 14 providers
Mc Kees Rocks 100.0% 17 providers
Mckeesport 98.4% 15 providers
Meadville 95.6% 10 providers
Mechanicsburg 99.3% 17 providers
Media 98.6% 16 providers
Middletown 98.9% 15 providers
Milford 99.9% 13 providers
Monroeville 99.3% 17 providers
Morrisville 99.8% 13 providers
Moscow 83.3% 10 providers
Mount Joy 98.7% 10 providers
Mount Pleasant 95.0% 13 providers
Mountain Top 98.8% 15 providers
Myerstown 97.3% 9 providers
Nazareth 100.0% 14 providers
New Castle 99.4% 14 providers
New Cumberland 99.4% 15 providers
New Holland 93.8% 12 providers
New Hope 99.7% 16 providers
New Kensington 99.7% 14 providers
Newtown 99.7% 14 providers
Newtown Square 96.9% 16 providers
Norristown 99.3% 17 providers
North Wales 99.9% 17 providers
Northampton 100.0% 15 providers
Oil City 97.5% 12 providers
Oxford 94.2% 16 providers
Palmyra 100.0% 12 providers
Perkasie 99.2% 15 providers
Philadelphia 99.4% 31 providers
Phoenixville 98.4% 14 providers
Pittsburgh 99.4% 29 providers
Pittston 98.7% 16 providers
Plymouth Meeting 97.0% 18 providers
Pottstown 99.8% 17 providers
Pottsville 93.1% 15 providers
Punxsutawney 84.4% 11 providers
Quakertown 99.7% 20 providers
Reading 99.3% 26 providers
Red Lion 97.6% 13 providers
Royersford 99.9% 17 providers
Schwenksville 99.9% 12 providers
Scranton 98.5% 14 providers
Selinsgrove 82.1% 12 providers
Sewickley 99.6% 18 providers
Sharon 100.0% 10 providers
Shippensburg 93.2% 12 providers
Slippery Rock 92.3% 11 providers
Somerset 93.8% 12 providers
Souderton 100.0% 14 providers
Southampton 99.8% 15 providers
Springfield 99.2% 16 providers
State College 99.2% 18 providers
Stroudsburg 99.7% 16 providers
Sunbury 87.7% 9 providers
Telford 99.6% 15 providers
Tobyhanna 99.3% 10 providers
Uniontown 93.8% 13 providers
Upper Darby 99.3% 15 providers
Verona 100.0% 12 providers
Warminster 99.2% 17 providers
Warren 89.2% 12 providers
Warrington 99.5% 16 providers
Washington 97.3% 16 providers
Wayne 95.3% 19 providers
Waynesboro 95.2% 11 providers
Waynesburg 78.6% 9 providers
West Chester 99.4% 17 providers
West Mifflin 99.6% 15 providers
Wexford 99.8% 15 providers
Whitehall 100.0% 14 providers
Wilkes Barre 100.0% 15 providers
Williamsport 99.0% 14 providers
Willow Grove 99.3% 16 providers
York 98.6% 17 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.