Internet Providers in Philadelphia, PA

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Residential Internet Statistics for Philadelphia, PA
Internet Providers: 7
Internet Plans: 15
Fastest Speed Available: 10,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $97.66

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Internet Buyer's Guide for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Published by Annie Kim

Reviewed by Tyler Cooper and Julia Tanberk

Last Updated: September 16, 2021

If you’re looking for internet in Philadelphia, this Internet Buyer’s Guide will make your search easier. Here we discuss updated information on providers, plans, prices, speeds, data caps, and more. Our information will inform you of how to compare residential and business providers available throughout the city.

Residential Internet Providers in Philadelphia, PA

Provider Starting Price Speed Range Type Of Internet Coverage Availability
XFINITY from Comcast $29.99/mo. 50-1200 Mbps Cable 100% Cable
Hotwire Communications $109.99/mo. 50-10000 Mbps Fiber 3% Fiber
T-Mobile Home Internet $50/mo. 100 Mbps Fixed Wireless 3% Fixed Wireless
Viasat Internet $49.99/mo. 12-50 Mbps Satellite 100% Satellite
HughesNet $39.99/mo. 25 Mbps Satellite 100% Satellite

The table above summarizes Philadelphia internet providers with the greatest coverage locally.

Fastest Internet Providers in Philadelphia, PA

Provider Maximum Speed Price Range
XFINITY from Comcast 1200 Mbps $29.99-79.99/mo.
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps $49.99-149.99/mo.
HughesNet 25 Mbps $39.99-129.99/mo.

The providers above offer the fastest download speeds currently available to Philadelphia residents.

What type of internet is available in Philadelphia?

Your internet type is one of the most important aspects to consider when getting a new plan. Philadelphia is a variety to choose from, including DSL, cable, fiber-optic, and satellite.

  • DSL: Often available wherever phone lines are, DSL is a commonly seen internet type and is the lowest-priced internet type in most cities, including Philadelphia.
  • Cable: Cable internet can offer similar download speeds to fiber and is the most available option in Philadelphia.
  • Fiber-Optic: Fiber internet is widely available in Philadelphia, offering upload speeds mirroring its download speeds — a feature ideal for those working from home or heavily streaming and gaming
  • Satellite: This option is best for those without wired internet access. Satellite internet has speed going up to 35 Mbps

Each of the above internet types may not be available is each part of Philadelphia.

How do I find the cheapest internet option in Philadelphia?

While budgets may sometimes be restricting, Philadelphia has a number of providers offering low-priced plans. Of the 6 residential providers available, XFINITY from Comcast and Hotwire Communications offer the lowest-priced plans, with plans starting at $29.99/month.

Cheapest internet in Philadelphia

  • XFINITY from Comcast—$29.99/mo. for up to 50 Mbps *
  • HughesNet—$39.99/mo. for up to 25 Mbps *
  • Viasat Internet—$49.99/mo. for up to 12 Mbps *
* Price is per month before fees for length of contract. Price may be a promotion and is not guaranteed. Review final price and terms before choosing an internet provider.

How Much Internet Speed Do I Need In Philadelphia?

With information technology and biotechnology on the rise in Philadelphia, fast internet at affordable prices is necessary. Everyone from young middle school students to retired veterans rely on the internet, but internet speed requirements vary person to person. Before committing to a plan, you need to know how your household and/or business size and frequent online activities impact how much speed you need.

Speeds around 25 Mbps are best for light internet users, those who mostly browse, pay bills, shop and stream once in a while, and small households of 1-2 persons. Heavier activities like frequent streaming, online gaming, and connecting a smart home will need speeds around 100 Mbps depending on the household size. You’ll need more speed when there are more people and/or devices. If multiple people have multiple devices connected and are also heavy internet users, consider speeds near 1000 Mbps.

Below are the recommended download speeds based on frequent internet activities and the residential providers in Philadelphia that offer these speeds.

Recommended Speeds Type of Internet Activities Internet Providers in Philadelphia
25+ Mbps
  • Basic web browsing
  • Stream video on one device
  • Low lag online gaming
  • Ideal for 1-2 person household of light internet users
  • Viasat Internet
  • HughesNet
100+ Mbps
  • Competitive gaming
  • Heavy streaming
  • High-resolution video chat
  • No lag online gaming
  • Appropriate for smart homes
  • Ideal for 4+ household
  • XFINITY from Comcast
  • T-Mobile Home Internet
  • Viasat Internet
  • Hotwire Communications
1000+ Mbps
  • Stream 4K video on multiple devices (i.e. Load Netflix show in HD in 5 seconds or download a 30 GB game in less than 5 minutes)
  • Gigabit performance
  • Ideal for home offices
  • Ideal for 4+ household of power internet users
  • XFINITY from Comcast
  • Hotwire Communications

How do I find the fastest internet in Philadelphia?

The fastest internet download speed in Philadelphia is 1200 Mbps. Although XFINITY from Comcast and Hotwire Communications both offer this speed, only fiber internet is able to offer the fastest upload speed in Philadelphia, 100 Mbps. Fast upload speeds are ideal for graphic artists, remote workers who have frequent video calls, and live streamers.

Should I bundle TV or phone service in Philadelphia?

Bundling TV and/or phone service with your internet often results in monthly discounts or installation fee waivers. Triple play bundles start at $54.99/month in Philadelphia, and are offered by XFINITY from Comcast. Most bundle providers allow customers to bundle services at anytime, allowing you to get an internet-only plan if that’s all you’re looking for.

Bundled Cable Plans and Pricing in Philadelphia

Internet Providers in Philadelphia Services Price Range of Bundles
XFINITY from Comcast Internet + Phone + TV $54.99-149.99/mo.

How can I compare the major internet providers in Philadelphia?

Major providers often seem to offer similar packages. It’s important to consider the following factors and questions when you’re trying to decide who offers the best plan for you.

  • Price: If price is your primary concern, do the plans offered within your budget from each provider have the features you need?
  • Speed: Faster speeds are offered for higher prices but there are providers who offer high speed for low prices. Compare prices for plans of the same speed to see which provider is more affordable.
  • Data Caps: Consider whether each plans’ data caps is reasonable for your household and/or business. Data overage fees can get costly depending on your plan and provider.
  • Contracts: Internet plans normally have contracts. Those planning to stay in Philadelphia for at least a year may benefit from signing a contract. Some providers charge a higher monthly rate for contract-free plans.

What do I need to keep in mind when moving to Philadelphia?

Home to much of the United States’ most impactful historical events, people come from all over to visit and live in Philadelphia. However, whether you’re new and moving to Philadelphia, or a long-time resident, there are a few things to keep in mind before switching internet providers.

Newcomers whose current provider is listed above can transfer their service by contacting their provider and telling them about the move. Internet providers often allow customers to transfer their service without it affecting their contract. Switching providers while in contract will most likely result in early termination fees.

Current Philadelphia residents may pay between $0-400 for early termination fees. To avoid paying these fees, consider a contract-free plan. Otherwise, internet service contracts last 0-2 years in Philadelphia.

Installation Fees in Philadelphia

An installation fee is usually charged when setting up internet service. Most providers offer self-installation kits for easy installations. Professional installation can be $0 to depending on the provider, plan, and if there are any promotions.

How much data do you need for your home or business internet in Philadelphia?

Providers in Philadelphia offer data caps ranging from 10 GB to no data cap. If you find yourself going over your current data cap, consider a plan with a 1 TB cap or no cap at all. Viasat Internet offers data cap free plans while Hotwire Communications offers 1 TB data cap. One way to know how much data you use per month is to look at your usage of recent internet bills or by contacting the provider.

What are the most-connected neighborhoods in Philadelphia?

Most of Philadelphia has access to 3-4 internet providers at a time, with cable and fiber internet being the most predominant connection types. The most-connected neighborhoods are between University City and Cedar Park, where there is access to five providers. Residents often choose between XFINITY from Comcast and Hotwire Communications, as they’re the most available providers in Philadelphia.

Internet Statistics for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia may only be the 159th most-connected city in Pennsylvania,but the city’s broadband offerings have allowed it to grow as an educational and technological hub. Approximately 0.99% of residents have access to multiple providers and connection types, 95 percent of which have access to fiber internet. While most of Philadelphia’s residents see an average 162.1 Mbps, 9,000 do not have access to a wired internet connection with speeds faster than 25 Mbps. Roughly 4,000 residents do not have wired internet access at all. Despite these numbers, Philadelphia is still more connected than ahead of Merion Station.

Internet Statistics 2021



Philadelphia, PA

14,000 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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Frequently Asked Questions About Internet in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • What is the cheapest internet service in Philadelphia?

    The cheapest internet plan in Philadelphia, offered by XFINITY from Comcast, provides up to 50 Mbps for $29.99/month. The cheapest 100 Mbps plan in Philadelphia is from XFINITY from Comcast for $34.99/month.

    Summary of Low-Priced Plans in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • What is the fastest internet in Philadelphia?

    With speeds up to 1200 Mbps, XFINITY from Comcast and Hotwire Communications offer the fastest internet plans in Philadelphia.

    Summary of some of the Fastest Internet Providers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Can I bundle TV and phone service with internet in Philadelphia?

    Internet, TV and/or phone bundles are available from XFINITY from Comcast for $54.99/month-$149.99/month.

  • How many internet providers are in Philadelphia?

    Philadelphias has 12 internet providers available to residents and businesses.

  • How many residential internet providers service are in Philadelphia?

    Residents in Philadelphia have 6 providers to choose from.

    Popular Residential Internet Providers in Philadelphia (Listed by Coverage)

  • How many business providers are in Philadelphia?

    There are 6 business internet providers in Philadelphia.

    Popular Business Internet Providers in Philadelphia (Listed by Coverage)

    Popular Enterprise Internet Providers in Philadelphia (Listed by Coverage)

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