Internet Providers in Reading, Pennsylvania

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Residential Internet Statistics for Reading, PA
Wired Internet Providers: 5
Average Speed Test Result: 124.69 Mbps
Top Advertised Speed: 1,200 Mbps
No Broadband Access: 0.72%

Internet Access in Reading, Pennsylvania

Reading has only two major broadband network options to understand — coaxial cable (99.27% coverage) and DSL (98.10% 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 (formerly Exede) and HughesNet, generally, will overlap. As a result, the decision between Viasat and HughesNet is common.

Reading residents generally have more than one to choose from. That said, this number may change from neighborhood to neighborhood. The mapping tool provided below illustrates competition changes in different parts of the city.

The packages displayed here are collected manually by our research staff. The 47 Internet packages shown are the most current out of 477 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

3,000 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
XFINITY from Comcast 1,200 Mbps Cable 6s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 35 Mbps Satellite 3m 54s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
Frontier Communications 115 Mbps DSL 1m 11s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Reading, Pennsylvania

  • Xfinity - 92.6% Availability in Reading - Speeds up to 1,200 Mbps
  • Service Electric Cablevision - 15.8% Availability in Reading - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Blue Ridge - 14.0% Availability in Reading - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Frontier - 2.3% Availability in Reading - Speeds up to 115 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Reading - Speeds up to 35 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Reading - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Reading

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Reading is the 284th 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 8,000 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 72.74 Mbps, according to speed test data in the Alvernia University zip. Speeds close to Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks average out to 102.77 Mbps over 24,828 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, and Mount Penn.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Reading

Provider Type Coverage Speed
XFINITY from Comcast Cable 92.6%+ 1,200 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
Frontier Communications DSL 2.3%+ 115 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 35 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Comcast Business Cable 94.3%+ 987 Mbps
Crown Castle Fiber Fiber 30.8%+ 1,000 Mbps
PenTeleData Fiber 29.2%+ 1,000 Mbps
Blue Ridge Business Cable 16.9%+ 1,000 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Fiber 7.3%+ 1,000 Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 8.7%+ 100 Mbps
Windstream Fiber 7.0%+ 1,000 Mbps
Frontier Business DSL 6.9%+ 115 Mbps
GTT Communications Copper 4.4%+ 1.5 Mbps
Zayo Fiber 2.4%+ 1,000 Mbps
Telesystem Fiber 1.8%+ 50 Mbps
Uniti Fiber Fiber 0.6%+ -- Mbps
Cogent Communications Fiber 0.4%+ -- Mbps
Affiniti Fiber 0.4%+ 1,000 Mbps
Telefonica USA Fiber 0.4%+ 50 Mbps
Xtel Communications Fiber 0.1%+ 1,000 Mbps

Compare Reading to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Reading 124.7 Mbps 11 $0.22 ( + $0.00 )
New York 349.1 Mbps ( +224.4 Mbps ) 15 ( +4 ) $0.18 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 107.1 Mbps ( -17.6 Mbps ) 18 ( +7 ) $0.20 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 99.7 Mbps ( -25 Mbps ) 15 ( +4 ) $0.33 ( + $0.00 )
Houston 111.7 Mbps ( -13 Mbps ) 21 ( +10 ) $0.21 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 115.3 Mbps ( -9.4 Mbps ) 9 ( -2 ) $0.26 ( + $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.