Internet Providers in Reading, Pennsylvania

Most Popular Internet Providers in Reading, Pennsylvania:

Showing 1 to 9 Providers

  • 1. 1. Xfinity
    92.6% Available
    92.6%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    1200 Mbps
    Download
    35 Mbps
    Upload
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    • Cable
    • Internet Plans: 5
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 50-1200mbps
    • Connection: Cable
    • Price Range: $29.99 - $95.95
    • Contracts: 2 Years - None required
  • 2. 2. Verizon High Speed Internet
    96.1% Available
    96.1%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    15 Mbps
    Download
    1 Mbps
    Upload
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    • DSL
    • Internet Plans: 2
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 15-15mbps
    • Connection: DSL
    • Price Range: $40 - $74.99
    • Contracts: None - None required
  • 3. 3. Viasat
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    50 Mbps
    Download
    3 Mbps
    Upload
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    • Satellite
    • Internet Plans: 4
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 12-50mbps
    • Connection: Satellite
    • Price Range: $49.99 - $199.99
    • Contracts: 2 Years - 2 Years required
  • 4. 4. HughesNet
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    25 Mbps
    Download
    3 Mbps
    Upload
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    • Deal
    • Satellite
    • Internet Plans: 4
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 25-25mbps
    • Connection: Satellite
    • Installation: Standard installation is free.
    • Price Range: $39.99 - $149.99
    • Contracts: 2 Years - 2 Years required
    Deal
    There are 4 active deals on select plans from this provider
  • 5. 5. Frontier
    2.3% Available
    2.3%

    Available

    Call For Speed Availability
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    • DSL
    • Internet Plans: 1
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 30-30mbps
    • Connection: DSL
    • Price Range: $49.99 - $49.99
    • Contracts: None - None required
  • 6. 6. BackWoods Wireless
    22.6% Available
    22.6%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    1.5 Mbps
    Download
  • 7. 7. Service Electric Cablevision
    15.8% Available
    15.8%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    1000 Mbps
    Download
    50 Mbps
    Upload
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    • Cable
    • Internet Plans: 5
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 25-1000mbps
    • Connection: Cable
    • Installation: Includes installation.
    • Price Range: $49.95 - $144.95
  • 8. 8. Blue Ridge
    14% Available
    14%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    1000 Mbps
    Download
    40 Mbps
    Upload
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    • Cable
    • Internet Plans: 5
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 25-1000mbps
    • Connection: Cable
    • Installation: Includes professional installation.
    • Price Range: $35.95 - $119.95
    • Contracts: None - None required
  • 9. 9. Windstream
    4.5% Available
    4.5%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    1000 Mbps
    Download
    1000 Mbps
    Upload
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    • Fiber
    • DSL
    • Internet Plans: 5
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 50-1000mbps
    • Connection: DSL and Fiber
    • Price Range: $37 - $90
    • Contracts: None - None required
7 Business internet providers are hidden due to low coverage in Reading. See All
  • 1. 1. AT&T Wireless
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    10 Mbps
    Download
    3 Mbps
    Upload
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    • Mobile Broadband
    • Internet Plans: 2
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 0-10mbps
    • Connection: Mobile Broadband
    • Price Range: $50 - $75
  • 2. 2. T-Mobile
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    10 Mbps
    Download
    6 Mbps
    Upload
    View T-Mobile Details
    • Deal
    • Mobile Broadband
    • Internet Plans: 3
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 0-10mbps
    • Connection: Mobile Broadband
    • Price Range: $60 - $85
    Deal
    There are 2 active deals on select plans from this provider
  • 3. 3. Verizon
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    10 Mbps
    Download
    3 Mbps
    Upload
    View Verizon Details
    • Deal
    • Mobile Broadband
    • Internet Plans: 2
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 0-10mbps
    • Connection: Mobile Broadband
    • Price Range: $55 - $65
    Deal
    There are 2 active deals on select plans from this provider

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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 49 Internet packages shown are the most current out of 472 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 Availability
Service Electric Cablevision 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s 15.8%
Blue Ridge Communications 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s 14.0%
Windstream 1,000 Mbps DSL and Fiber 8s 4.5%
XFINITY from Comcast 1,200 Mbps Cable 6s 92.6%
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s 100.0%
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s 100.0%
Frontier Communications Call For Speed Availability DSL 4m 33s 2.3%

Internet Provider Competition Map For Reading

Reading Internet Competition Map. Click for interactive map.
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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, 19605 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 59.16 Mbps, according to speed test data in the Alvernia University zip. Speeds close to Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks average out to 135.13 Mbps over 12,876 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.

Compare Reading to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Reading 189.3 Mbps 10 $0.18 ( + $0.00 )
New York 534.4 Mbps ( +345.1 Mbps ) 17 ( +7 ) $0.18 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 148.8 Mbps ( -40.5 Mbps ) 17 ( +7 ) $0.16 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 160.6 Mbps ( -28.7 Mbps ) 15 ( +5 ) $0.20 ( + $0.00 )
Houston 169.5 Mbps ( -19.8 Mbps ) 23 ( +13 ) $0.18 ( + $0.00 )
Philadelphia 162.1 Mbps ( -27.2 Mbps ) 8 ( -2 ) $0.19 ( + $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.