Internet Providers in Bethlehem, PA
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Residential Internet Statistics for Bethlehem, PA
|Fastest Speed Available:||1,000 Mbps|
|Average Plan Price:||$60.14|
Most Popular Residential Internet Providers in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Internet Access in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Data on this page is drawn from the FCC's bi-annual coverage reporting. Our data also includes direct provider coverage reports to further validate and enhance that information. Plan, pricing, and other data is collected by our market research team. BroadbandNow has analyzed 542 Internet plans in Bethlehem. Average speed data is calculated from 115,122 local connections. They are intended for general provider comparison purposes, not to indicate maximum Internet speeds available.
Looking closer at the Internet technologies in Bethlehem, you essentially see two primary choices: cable and DSL (providers like Verizon High Speed Internet).
Service Electric Cable TV is another common Internet option in Bethlehem. They offer mainly Cable connections with coverage in close to one hundred percent of the area.
The average Bethlehem household has around 2 companies to choose from. Accounting for all census blocks, there are exactly 2.96 providers per household.
As of the latest FCC data and direct provider reporting, Viasat Internet and HughesNet are the most commonly avialable Internet providers in Bethlehem so far as coverage. The more common providers frequently compete at addresses in different blocks around Bethlehem.
- There are 16 internet providers in Bethlehem with 7 of those offering residential service
- Bethlehem is the 11th most connected city in Pennsylvania ahead of Whitehall, Center Valley, Catasauqua, and Hellertown, but behind Allentown.
- Explore internet access for communities within Bethlehem: Freemansburg and Fountain Hill
- The fastest zip code in Bethlehem for April 2021 is 18015. (see all below).
Internet Statistics 2021
1.4% of consumers in Bethlehem1,000 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.
This data is calculated from FCC datasets which providers are legally required to supply twice a year. We further validate this data for accuracy.
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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB|
|Optimum by Altice||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s|
|Service Electric Cable TV||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s|
Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
- Service Electric Cable TV - Cable - 100.0% Availability in Bethlehem - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
- RCN - Cable - 96.3% Availability in Bethlehem - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
- Optimum by Altice - Fiber - 1.9% Availability in Bethlehem - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
- Xfinity - Cable - 0.8% Availability in Bethlehem - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
- Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Bethlehem - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
- HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Bethlehem - Speeds up to 25 Mbps
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.
This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.
Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.
Broadband Access for Education in Bethlehem
Lehigh University and Moravian College are the biggest universities in Bethlehem. For the 9,089 combined students living in the area, fast internet access is a must for obtaining educational materials and conducting research. Both universities offer 3-4 internet providers at the average address within 2 miles of each campus. Both colleges are showing an average documented speed of 129.31 Mbps, according to 54,496 aggregated speed test data originating from IP addresses surrounding campus buildings.
FCC and US Government reports regularly cite the need to better internet service access for college and high school students.  There is a strong correlation between increased high-speed internet access and increased education/employment opportunities, especially in small cities and rural areas.
Data Cap Issues and Video Streaming Around Bethlehem
Data collected by our researchers suggests that many of the popular ISPs in Bethlehem use data caps for their residential broadband plans. Data caps are controversial because consumers see caps as a strategy for limiting streaming services. Providers insist that they are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage network congestion. In either case, the culprit is over-the-top streaming, which easily consumes 1–7GB per hour.
Internet access in Bethlehem neighborhoods
We've compiled data and statistics about Internet availability across the following areas in Bethlehem: Freemansburg, Fountain Hill.
Summary Of Internet Providers In Bethlehem
|Service Electric Cable TV||Cable||100%||1,000 Mbps|
|Optimum by Altice||Fiber||1.9%+||1,000 Mbps|
|XFINITY from Comcast||Cable||0.8%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Viasat Internet||Satellite||100%||50 Mbps|
|Crown Castle Fiber||Fiber||19.9%+||1,000 Mbps|
|RCN Business||Copper||17.6%+||1,000 Mbps|
|CenturyLink Business||Fiber||7.8%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Verizon Business||Fiber||0.5%+||950 Mbps|
|Comcast Business||Cable||1.8%+||987 Mbps|
|Optimum Business||Fiber||3.4%+||1,000 Mbps|
Compare Bethlehem to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Bethlehem||104.8 Mbps||7||$0.30 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||415.4 Mbps ( +310.6 Mbps )||15 ( +8 )||$0.54 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||118.9 Mbps ( +14.1 Mbps )||17 ( +10 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||116.2 Mbps ( +11.4 Mbps )||14 ( +7 )||$0.26 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||127.4 Mbps ( +22.6 Mbps )||23 ( +16 )||$0.24 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||127.6 Mbps ( +22.8 Mbps )||8 ( +1 )||$0.34 ( + $0.00 )|
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Bethlehem
Wonderful Customer Service on Phone
I am so impressed with the experience I had today. I contacted RCN last week, regarding an increase in billing. I had questions, and we agreed to relook at it the next week. They actually called me back today and were very helpful. I really appreciated the assistance and support. Thank you.