Internet Providers in Reading, PA

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Residential Internet Statistics for Reading, PA
Internet Providers: 10
Internet Plans: 26
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $67.4

Internet Access in Reading, Pennsylvania

Reading has only two major broadband network options to understand — coaxial cable (99.26% coverage) and DSL (98.08% availability). Cable broadband service is generally provided from TV corporations via their pre-existing coaxial copper TV cables on utility poles or buried in the road. DSL, similarly, is sent over phone wires. The vast majority of Reading neighborhoods and addresses can access both cable service and/or DSL from two alternating telecom companies.

Coverage from the two biggest providers, Viasat Internet and HughesNet, generally, will overlap. As a result, the decision between Viasat and HughesNet is common.

2-3 Internet options per block isn't a high level of choice compared to other areas, but it's sufficient to improve performance and pricing in neighborhoods with provider overlap. Choice can vary depending on your neighborhood.

The packages displayed here are collected manually by our research staff. The 61 Internet packages shown are the most current out of 446 packages we've seen in Reading to date.

Aside from the Internet options listed above, Verizon High Speed Internet provides a third option for wired broadband in 96 percent of Reading. Wireless choices are available. However, wired providers virtually always have better pricing for the speed. As detailed in the map below, the majority of Reading residents can get service from wired broadband.

Internet Statistics 2021

4,000 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 Reading, Pennsylvania

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Service Electric Cablevision 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
Blue Ridge Communications 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
Windstream 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
XFINITY from Comcast 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
Windstream 300 Mbps DSL 27s
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
Frontier Communications Call For Speed Availability DSL 4m 33s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Reading, Pennsylvania

  • Xfinity - Cable - 92.6% Availability in Reading - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Service Electric Cablevision - Cable - 15.8% Availability in Reading - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Blue Ridge - Cable - 14.0% Availability in Reading - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Windstream - DSL - 4.5% Availability in Reading - Speeds up to 300 Mbps
  • Frontier - DSL - 2.3% Availability in Reading - Call For Speed Availability
  • Windstream - Fiber - 1.1% Availability in Reading - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Reading - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Reading - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Reading

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Reading is the 280th most connected city in Pennsylvania ahead of Temple and Leesport, but behind Blandon, Mohnton, and Birdsboro.

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

Approximately 3,000 people in Berks County don't have access to any wired internet.

This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.

Approximately 98% of Reading 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, 19608 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Reading.

Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.

In Berks County, approximately 7,000 people do not have access to 25 Mbps wired broadband.

25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.

Broadband Access for Education in Reading

Alvernia University and Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks are the largest universities in Reading. For the 5,756 combined students living in the area, fast broadband access is a must for obtaining educational materials and conducting research. Both universities have 3-4 internet providers at the average address within two miles of either campus. Alvernia University students that live near campus can expect to get downstream speeds of around 74.2 Mbps, according to speed test data in the Alvernia University zip. Speeds close to Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks average out to 115.4 Mbps over 16,832 tests run in the past year. FCC and US Government reports frequently cite the need to improve internet service access for college and high school students. There is a strong correlation between increased high-speed broadband access and increased education/employment opportunities, especially in small cities and rural areas.

Data Cap Issues and Cord Cutting Around Reading

Data collected by our researchers shows that common providers in the area place a limit on data use for their home Internet connections. Data caps are disliked because subscribers see them as a tactic for limiting streaming. Providers explain they are a reasonable strategy for managing network traffic. In either case, the issue is the same: streaming video, which can use one to seven Gigabytes/hr.

Internet access in Reading neighborhoods

We have compiled data about Internet availability across these neighborhoods within Reading: Wyomissing, West Reading, Shillington, Laureldale, West Lawn, Sinking Spring, Mount Penn.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Reading

Provider Type Coverage Speed
XFINITY from Comcast Cable 92.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
BackWoods Wireless Fixed Wireless 22.6%+ 1.5 Mbps
Service Electric Cablevision Cable 15.8%+ 1,000 Mbps
Blue Ridge Communications Cable 14.0%+ 1,000 Mbps
Windstream DSL 4.5%+ 300 Mbps
Frontier Communications DSL 2.3%+ Call For Speed Availability
Windstream Fiber 1.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Comcast Business Cable 94.5%+ 987 Mbps
Crown Castle Fiber Fiber 31.2%+ 1,000 Mbps
PenTeleData Fiber 29.2%+ -- Mbps
Blue Ridge Business Cable 16.9%+ 1,000 Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 8.7%+ 50 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Fiber 7.3%+ 1,000 Mbps
Frontier Business DSL 6.9%+ Call For Speed Availability
Windstream Fiber 6.8%+ 1,000 Mbps
GTT Communications Copper 4.4%+ 1.5 Mbps
Zayo Fiber 3.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
Telesystem Copper 1.8%+ 4.0 Mbps
FirstLight Fiber 0.5%+ -- Mbps
Cogent Communications Fiber 0.4%+ 1,000 Mbps
Affiniti Fiber 0.4%+ 1,000 Mbps
Consolidated Communications (Formerly Fairpoint Communications) Copper 0.4%+ -- Mbps
Telefonica USA Fiber 0.4%+ 0.512 Mbps
Xtel Communications Fiber 0.1%+ 1.5 Mbps

Compare Reading to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Reading 144.6 Mbps 10 $0.32 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +270.8 Mbps ) 16 ( +6 ) $0.70 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( -25.7 Mbps ) 17 ( +7 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( -28.4 Mbps ) 15 ( +5 ) $0.27 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( -17.2 Mbps ) 23 ( +13 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( -17 Mbps ) 8 ( -2 ) $0.37 ( + $0.00 )

Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Reading

Service Electric Cablevision and PenTeleData - Often the best choice

Service Electric Cablevision (SECV) says it was the first cable provider in the United States and it tries to keep-up even though it is a regional family owned company in the backyard of Comcast. PenTeleData (PTD) provides Internet for SECV. SECV is generally the fastest Internet service provider in its footprint. Its pricing and services are similar to Comcast XFinity and FIOS (which is generally in the more urban markets near the more rural SECV service areas). Overall, SECV or Comcast are the only real residential broadband choices in our area, and where you live determines which is available. Businesses, governmental, and non-profits have more options available, including service directly from PTD. PTD has been a good value for my residential Internet service for more than 20 years, beginning with the Zenith proprietary cable modem service before DOCSIS.