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Best Internet Providers in Pennsylvania

 Best Internet Providers in Pennsylvania


What is the best internet provider in Pennsylvania?

CNET recommends Verizon Fios as Pennsylvania’s best internet service provider overall. Along with a 100% fiber-optic connection, Verizon Fios stands out for its competitive pricing, favorable service terms such as unlimited data and lengthy price guarantees, plus an impressive record of high customer satisfaction. 

While Verizon Fios is CNET’s pick for best overall, it doesn’t have the cheapest internet in Pennsylvania or the fastest. Astound Broadband has the lowest starting price for internet in Pennsylvania at $20 monthly, delivering up to 300 megabits per second with unlimited data. Frontier Fiber offers the fastest internet plan of any major ISP in Pennsylvania, with symmetrical speeds up to 5,000Mbps, starting at $155 a month. Gig service, with speeds up to 1,000Mbps or higher, is available from several Pennsylvania ISPs, including Astound, Kinetic by Windstream, Xfinity and Verizon.

CNET considers speeds, pricing, customer service and overall value to recommend the best internet service in Pennsylvania across several categories. Our evaluation includes referencing a proprietary database built over years of reviewing internet services. We validate that against provider information by spot-checking local addresses for service availability. We also do a close read of providers’ terms and conditions, and, when needed, will call ISPs to verify the details.

Despite our efforts to find the most recent and accurate information, our process has some limitations you should know about. Pricing and speed data are variable: certain addresses may qualify for different service tiers, and monthly costs may vary, even within a city. The best way to identify your options is to plug your address into a provider’s website. 

Also, the prices, speed and other information listed above and in the provider cards below may differ from what we found in our research. The cards display the full range of a provider’s pricing and speed across the US, according to our database of plan information provided directly by ISPs. At the same time, the text is specific to what’s available in Pennsylvania. The prices referenced within this article’s text come from our research and include applicable discounts for setting up automatic payments each month — a standard industry offering. Discounts and promotions might also be available for signing a term contract or bundling multiple services. 

To learn more about how we review internet providers, visit our full methodology page.

Best internet in Pennsylvania in 2024

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Speed range

300 – 2,000 Mbps

Price range

$50 – $120 per month

Our take – J.D. Power has ranked Verizon first in the east region for customer satisfaction for 11 years in a row. Considering the fast, reliable speeds and competitive, stable pricing, it’s easy to see why customers are largely satisfied with their service. 

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Speed range

300 – 2,000 Mbps

Price range

$50 – $120 per month

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Speed range

150 – 6,000 Mbps

Price range

$20 – $300 per month

Our take – Cable internet like that of Xfinity doesn’t have quite the same speed potential as a fiber connection, but it often has better availability and lower introductory pricing. Xfinity is the primary cable provider in Pennsylvania.

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Speed range

150 – 6,000 Mbps

Price range

$20 – $300 per month

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Speed range

100 – 1,500 Mbps

Price range

$20 – $80 per month

Our take – Choosing a cheap internet plan often comes with settling for slower speeds, but not with Astound. The cheapest plan, starting at $20 a month, advertises download speeds up to 300Mbps.

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Speed range

100 – 1,500 Mbps

Price range

$20 – $80 per month

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Speed range

500 – 5,000 Mbps

Price range

$50 – $155 per month

Our take – Frontier doesn’t have the same fiber coverage in Pennsylvania as Verizon, but it makes the most of its network in the Keystone State by offering speeds up to 5,000Mbps.

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Speed range

500 – 5,000 Mbps

Price range

$50 – $155 per month

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Connection

Fixed wireless

Speed range

72 – 245 Mbps

Price range

$60 per month

Our take – T-Mobile Home Internet has the best broadband coverage of any non-satellite provider in Pennsylvania. Much of that coverage extends to suburban and rural areas, bringing a low-cost, relatively high-speed internet service to locations where broadband options are often limited. 

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Connection

Fixed wireless

Speed range

72 – 245 Mbps

Price range

$60 per month

Pennsylvania internet providers compared

Provider Internet technology Monthly price range Speed range Monthly equipment costs Data cap Contract CNET review score
Astound Broadband
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Cable $20-$55 300-1,500Mbps None None None 7
Brightspeed DSL $50 10-100Mbps $15 (optional) None None N/A
Frontier Communications
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DSL, Fiber $50-$155 500-5,000Mbps None None None 6.3
Kinetic by Windstream DSL, Fiber $40-$70 15-1,000Mbps $11 (optional) None None 6.7
Service Electric Cable $48-$147 100-1,000Mbps Up to $11 (optional) None None N/A
Spectrum
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Cable $25-$80 100-1,000Mbps $5 (optional) None None 7.2
T-Mobile Home Internet
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Fixed wireless $60 ($40 for eligible Go5G Plus and Magenta Max mobile customers) 72-245Mbps None None None 7.4
Verizon 5G Home Internet
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Fixed wireless $50-$70 ($35-$45 with qualifying Verizon 5G mobile plans) 50-1,000Mbps None None None 7.2
Verizon Fios
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Fiber $50-$90 300-1,000Mbps None None None 7.6
Xfinity
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Cable $25-$80 200-1,200Mbps $15-$25 (optional) 1.2TB on some plans 1 year on some plans 7

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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

Pennsylvania internet provider honorable mentions

  • Brightspeed: After recently acquiring networks from Lumen Technologies (CenturyLink, Quantum Fiber) in Pennsylvania, Brightspeed offers DSL and fiber internet service to areas west and southeast of Harrisburg, north of Pittsburgh and along the New Jersey border. Like any DSL or fiber provider, Brightspeed’s fiber service is worth checking out, but you’ll want to explore other options if your address is only serviceable for DSL internet.
  • Kinetic by Windstream: Another DSL provider, Kinetic is available to slightly more Pennsylvania residences than Brightspeed. While the DSL service is better than most, it’s still DSL. Consider Kinetic Fiber if it’s available, but be sure to explore all your options before committing to DSL service.
  • Service Electric: Local cable ISP Service Electric offers speeds ranging from 100 to 1,000Mbps, starting at $48 to $147 a month, with no data caps or contracts. Service is available in Allentown and the Lehigh Valley area, as well as Wilkes-Barre, Lewisburg and Mount Carmel.
  • Spectrum: Xfinity is the top cable provider in Pennsylvania, but Spectrum has a small presence in the northern part of the state, particularly in Erie. Spectrum keeps it simple with four plans ranging from 100 to 1,000Mbps, starting at $30 to $90 a month with no data caps, no contracts, a free modem rental and the option to rent a router for $5 a month. 
  • Verizon 5G Home Internet: Verizon’s mobile service is available throughout Pennsylvania, but Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Scranton are where you’ll find the best coverage of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network — the Verizon network best suited for home internet. Plans start at $50 or $70 a month for speeds of 50 to 300Mbps or 85 to 1,000Mbps. Qualifying Verizon mobile customers can get $15 to $25 off the cost of home internet.
  • Satellite internet: It’s always an option provided you have a clear view of the southern sky, but the slow speeds, data restrictions and high costs make satellite internet more of a last resort for broadband. If you have no other internet options, check out popular satellite providers Hughesnet and Viasat, or possibly Starlink.

Pennsylvania internet options by city

It’s hard to cover the internet options of an entire state while giving individual cities the in-depth attention they deserve. That’s why we’ve also put together lists of the best internet providers in cities across the US, including those in Pennsylvania. If you don’t see your hometown below, check back later. We’re working to add more every day.

Cheap internet options in Pennsylvania

Cable internet is typically the go-to for cheap internet, and that’s the case in Pennsylvania with the cheapest internet plan coming from Astound Broadband. This cable ISP offers internet service starting at $20 a month with no required equipment fees. Xfinity, Spectrum, Kinetic by Windstream and Service Electric are the only other major internet providers in Pennsylvania with a starting price below $50 a month.

What’s the cheapest internet plan in Pennsylvania?

Plan Starting price Max download speed Monthly equipment fee
Astound 300Mbps
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$20 300Mbps None
Xfinity Connect More
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$25 200Mbps $15 (optional)
Spectrum Internet 100
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$30 100Mbps $5 (optional)
Kinetic 500 $40 500Mbps $11 (optional)
Service Electric $48 100Mbps Up to $11 (optional)
Brightspeed Fast $50 100Mbps $15 (optional)
Frontier Fiber 500
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$50 500Mbps None
Spectrum Internet
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$50 300Mbps $5 (optional)
Verizon Fios 300
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$50 300Mbps None
Verizon 5G Home Internet
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$50 ($35 with eligible mobile plans) 300Mbps None
T-Mobile Home Internet
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$60 ($40 with eligible mobile plans) 245Mbps None

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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

How to find internet deals and promotions in Pennsylvania

The best internet deals and top promotions in Pennsylvania depend on what discounts are available during a given time. Most deals are short-lived, but we look frequently for the latest offers. 

Pennsylvania internet providers, such as Astound Broadband or Xfinity, may offer lower introductory pricing or special offers for a limited time. Many, however, including Frontier, Kinetic and Verizon, run the same standard pricing year-round. 

For a more extensive list of promos, check out our guide on the best internet deals. 

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How fast is Pennsylvania broadband?

Ookla speed test data from Q4 2023 ranked Pennsylvania 25th among US states and Washington, DC, for the fastest median download speeds at 205Mbps. That’s lower than the national average (227Mbps) and lower than neighboring states New York (226Mbps), Delaware (237Mbps), Maryland (227Mbps) and Ohio (217Mbps), but higher than West Virginia (172Mbps).

There are many factors that can affect speed test data, so state averages aren’t necessarily representative of the speeds you can expect or that may be available in your home. Many Pennsylvania internet providers offer plans with max speeds much higher than the state average.

Fastest internet plans in Pennsylvania

Provider Starting price Max download speed Max upload speed Data cap Connection type
Frontier Fiber 5000
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$155 5,000Mbps 5,000Mbps None Fiber
Frontier Fiber 2000
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$100 2,000Mbps 2,000Mbps None Fiber
Astound 1500
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$55 1,500Mbps 50Mbps None Cable
Xfinity Gigabit Extra
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$80 1,200Mbps 35Mbps None Cable
Astound 1000
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$45 1,000Mbps 20Mbps None Cable
Frontier Fiber 1000
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$60 1,000Mbps 1,000Mbps None Fiber
Kinetic 1 Gig $70 1,000Mbps 1,000Mbps None Fiber
Service Electric 1 Gig $147 1,000Mbps 50Mbps None Cable
Spectrum Internet Gig
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$80 1,000Mbps 35Mbps None Cable
Verizon 5G Home Plus Internet
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$70 ($45 with qualifying Verizon 5G mobile plans) 1,000Mbps 75Mbps None Fixed wireless
Xfinity Gigabit
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$70 1,000Mbps 20Mbps None Cable
Verizon Fios Gig
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$90 940Mbps 880Mbps None Fiber

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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

What’s a good internet speed?

Most internet connection plans can now handle basic productivity and communication tasks. If you’re looking for an internet plan that can accommodate videoconferencing, streaming video or gaming, you’ll have a better experience with a more robust connection. Here’s an overview of the recommended minimum download speeds for various applications, according to the FCC. Note that these are only guidelines — and that internet speed, service and performance vary by connection type, provider and address.

For more information, refer to our guide on how much internet speed you really need.

  • 0 to 5Mbps allows you to tackle the basics — browsing the internet, sending and receiving email, streaming low-quality video.
  • 5 to 40Mbps gives you higher-quality video streaming and videoconferencing.
  • 40 to 100Mbps should give one person sufficient bandwidth to satisfy the demands of modern telecommuting, video streaming and online gaming. 
  • 100 to 500Mbps allows one to two people to simultaneously engage in high-bandwidth activities like videoconferencing, streaming and online gaming. 
  • 500 to 1,000Mbps allows three or more people to engage in high-bandwidth activities at the same time.

How CNET chose the best internet providers in Pennsylvania

Internet service providers are numerous and regional. Unlike the latest smartphone, laptop, router or kitchen tool, it’s impractical to personally test every ISP in a given city. So what’s our approach? We start by researching the pricing, availability and speed information, drawing on our own historical ISP data, the provider sites and mapping information from the Federal Communications Commission at FCC.gov.

But it doesn’t end there. We go to the FCC’s website to check our data and ensure we consider every ISP that provides service in an area. We also input local addresses on provider websites to find specific options for residents. We look at sources, including the American Customer Satisfaction Index and J.D. Power, to evaluate how happy customers are with an ISP’s service. ISP plans and prices are subject to frequent changes; all information provided is accurate as of publication.

Once we have this localized information, we ask three main questions:

  1. Does the provider offer access to reasonably fast internet speeds?
  2. Do customers get decent value for what they’re paying?
  3. Are customers happy with their service?

While the answer to those questions is often layered and complex, the providers who come closest to “yes” on all three are the ones we recommend. When selecting the cheapest internet service, we look for the plans with the lowest monthly fee, though we also factor in things like price increases, equipment fees and contracts. Choosing the fastest internet service is relatively straightforward. We look at advertised upload and download speeds and consider real-world speed data from sources like Ookla and FCC reports.

To explore our process in more depth, visit our how we test ISPs page.

What’s the final word on internet providers in Pennsylvania?

It’s not the cheapest or the fastest internet provider in Pennsylvania, but Verizon Fios is the best all-around provider in the state. Fast speed tiers with symmetrical (or close) upload and download speeds, competitive pricing with lengthy price guarantees and other perks such as unlimited data, no equipment fees and no contracts make Verizon Fios a top choice for home internet. 

If you’re looking for cheap internet, Astound Broadband has the cheapest internet plan in the state, starting at $20 monthly. Frontier Fiber has the fastest internet plan with symmetrical speeds up to 5,000Mbps starting at $155 a month. The fastest plans from other major providers reach around 1,000Mbps, though Astound offers a 1,500Mbps plan, and speeds of 1,200Mbps are available from Xfinity.

Whether you’re looking for the cheapest, fastest or best all-around internet provider in Pennsylvania, it’s important to explore all your options before deciding on the best ISP for your home. Along with speeds and pricing, be sure to compare equipment fees, data caps, contract requirements and other conditions that could affect your experience with an internet provider.

Internet providers in Pennsylvania FAQs

What is the best internet service provider in Pennsylvania?

Verizon Fios has the best fiber internet coverage and highest customer satisfaction of any major ISP in Pennsylvania. Its competitively priced plans feature symmetrical or close upload and download speeds, unlimited data, free equipment rental and a price guarantee of two to four years. While some Pennsylvania internet providers may be cheaper or faster than Verizon Fios, few if any can offer the same level of value.

Is fiber internet available in Pennsylvania?

Nearly half (47%) of Pennsylvania households are eligible for fiber internet service, according to the FCC. Verizon Fios is the largest fiber provider in Pennsylvania with service available in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. Frontier Fiber, Kinetic and Brightspeed also offer fiber internet in various parts of the state.

What is the cheapest internet provider in Pennsylvania?

Astound Broadband has the lowest introductory rate for home internet starting at $20 a month, but Xfinity isn’t far behind with its $25 monthly service. However, while Astound offers faster max speeds and a lower equipment rental fee, Xfinity is available to many more households in Pennsylvania than Astound. Spectrum, Kinetic by Windstream and local provider Service Electric also offer internet service starting at under $50 a month. Most other major Pennsylvania ISPs, however, have a starting price of $50 a month or higher.

Which internet provider in Pennsylvania offers the fastest plan?

Frontier Fiber has the fastest internet plan, offering symmetrical upload and download speeds up to 5,000Mbps starting at $155 a month. Frontier Fiber also has the second-fastest internet plan in Pennsylvania with speeds up to 2,000Mbps starting at $100 a month. The fastest plans from other providers, including Astound, Brightspeed, Kinetic, Verizon Fios and Xfinity, fall below 2,000Mbps.



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