Internet Providers in Bethlehem, PA

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Residential Internet Statistics for Bethlehem, PA
Internet Providers: 8
Internet Plans: 19
Fastest Speed Available: 1,200 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $60.14

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 548 Internet plans in Bethlehem. Average speed data is calculated from 66,964 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. Eastern Time is another alternative wireless service worth noting for 78 percent of the area. Keep in mind that it requires roof access or line of site with a Eastern Time access point.

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.

Internet Statistics 2021

1,000 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 Availability
Optimum by Altice 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s 1.9%
Service Electric Cable TV 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s 100.0%
RCN 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s 96.3%
XFINITY from Comcast 1,200 Mbps Cable 6s 0.8%
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s 100.0%
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s 100.0%

Internet Provider Competition Map For Bethlehem

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Bethlehem is the 11th most connected city in Pennsylvania ahead of Whitehall, Center Valley, Catasauqua, and Hellertown, but behind Allentown.

The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.

Approximately 99% of Bethlehem residents are serviced by multiple wired providers.

This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.

As of this month, 18017 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Bethlehem.

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 162.01 Mbps, according to 31,758 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. [1] 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.

Compare Bethlehem to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Bethlehem 128.8 Mbps 8 $0.34 ( + $0.00 )
New York 534.4 Mbps ( +405.6 Mbps ) 17 ( +9 ) $0.89 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 148.8 Mbps ( +20 Mbps ) 17 ( +9 ) $0.24 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 160.6 Mbps ( +31.8 Mbps ) 15 ( +7 ) $0.27 ( $0.00 )
Houston 169.5 Mbps ( +40.7 Mbps ) 23 ( +15 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 162.1 Mbps ( +33.3 Mbps ) 8 $0.38 ( + $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.