Philadelphia Internet | Service Providers in Philadelphia
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About Internet Service in Philadelphia
Over the last decade, Philadelphia has made significant strides in providing its residents with access to quality broadband options. Despite the availability of broadband internet connectivity throughout the city, there is still a large percentage of residents who lack the internet in their homes. Thankfully, organizations such as KEYSPOT are working tirelessly to educate Philadelphia residents and to assist them in obtaining quality internet access for themselves and their families.
Philadelphia Quick Facts
- Total Area (sq miles): 126
- Population: 1,531,009
- Housing Units: 678,872
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Internet Access in Philadelphia
Today, residents of the City of Philadelphia can access broadband internet via four methods: DSL, cable, fiber and wireless. As with most major cities in the U.S., Philadelphia is capable of providing DSL, cable, and wireless internet access to nearly all of its residents. It is also important to note that Philadelphia offers fiber internet access to over 96 percent of its residents.
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Internet Speed in Philadelphia
According to Netindex.com, Philadelphia currently has average internet speeds that are slightly higher than nationwide and global averages. Less populated cities of Pennsylvania, such as Allentown and Pittsburgh, currently have similar internet speed averages as Philadelphia. Average internet speeds offered to Philadelphia residents are roughly the same as those offered to residents of Boston and New York City.
- Upload Speed: 8.68 Mbps
- Download Speed: 22.97 Mbps
- Source: NetIndex.com
Philadelphia has several major internet service providers that provide broadband access to city residents. The number of options are on par with most metro areas on the East Coast. Below is a list of four ISPs that currently offer broadband subscriptions to private consumers in areas throughout Philadelphia.
- Comcast Corporation
- AT&T, Inc.
- Source: BroadbandMap.gov
- Service Areas: Most of Philadelphia (verified by address)
- Service Tiers: Performance Starter, Performance, Blast!, Extreme 105
- Downstream Speeds: 6 Mbps, 20 Mbps, 50 Mbps, 105 Mbps
- Monthly Price: $49.95 – $114.95 (city specific pricing not available without signing in with address; first year discount for Performance not factored into pricing range)
- Features and Limitations: Comcast offers four broadband tiers to Philadelphia residents, which is fewer than those offered to residents of other major metropolitan areas. As with most Comcast offers, monthly internet subscriptions can be discounted by bundling with other Comcast services such as home phone or cable TV.
AT&T, Inc. (U-Verse)
- Service Areas: Most of Philadelphia (verified by zipcode)
- Service Tiers: Six service tiers separated by maximum downstream speeds.
- Downstream Speeds: 3 Mbps, 6 Mbps, 12 Mbps, 18 Mbps, 24 Mbps, 45 Mbps
- Monthly Price: $24.95 – $64.95
- Features and Limitations: AT&T provides DSL internet throughout Philadelphia. When it comes to downstream speeds and the overall cost of the service, consumers will get much more bang for their buck with cable internet. That said, AT&T offers subscribers access to over 30,000 wi-fi hotspots nationwide, which is a definite plus for those on-the-go.
- Service Areas: Throughout Philadelphia; actual coverage may vary
- Service Tiers: (Data Caps) 500 Mb, 2.5 Gb, 4.5 Gb, 6.5 Gb, 8.5 Gb, 10.5 Gb
- Downstream Speeds: All service options come with 4G LTE mobile speeds (approx. 15-20 Mbps) on the T-Mobile network.
- Monthly Price: $20 – $70
- Features and Limitations: While the downstream speeds offered by T-Mobile’s 4G LTE mobile data network can be comparable to standard cable or DSL speeds, monthly data caps make this service an impractical choice for a household’s primary internet connection. For subscribers who travel a lot, live in an area not serviced by DSL or cable, or generally do not have data-intensive needs, T-Mobile’s internet service is definitely worth a look.
- Service Areas: Throughout Philadelphia; actual coverage may vary (verified by address)
- Service Tiers: (Data Caps) 500 Mb, 1 Gb, 3 Gb, 6 Gb
- Downstream Speeds: 2 Mbps – 5 Mbps (on 4G network; may vary based on coverage)
- Monthly Price: $15 – $60
- Features and Limitations: TOAST.net currently offers mobile internet access to Philadelphia residents, as well as to people in a number of Midwest states. Service plans are comparable to those offered by T-Mobile, if not slightly less expensive. Keep in mind that TOAST.net runs on a 4G network, not a 4G LTE network, which means that downstream speeds can be significantly slower than T-Mobile’s network.
City Subscriber Resources
- City of Philadelphia – Office of Innovation and Technology: This site showcases the current state of innovation and technology in the City of Philadelphia, including internet broadband infrastructure and initiatives. Residents of Philadelphia who want to keep up with the latest technological improvements being made in their city should keep this site bookmarked and handy.
- KEYSPOT – Philadelphia Broadband Initiative: As mentioned earlier, KEYSPOT has been helping bring high-speed internet to all residents of Philadelphia. Motivated by the fact that over 40 percent of Philadelphia residents do not have access to the internet, KEYSPOT offers technical assistance and affordable broadband options to those who need it most.
- Philadelphia Freedom Rings Project: This site details the sizable multimillion dollar grant that was awarded to the City of Philadelphia to use toward improving broadband quality and access throughout the city. The project has since developed into the KEYSPOT initiative described above.