Internet Service Providers in
Philadelphia, PA

Providers in Philadelphia, PA

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Speeds up to1000 Mbps
Fiber Internet 99% coverage in Philadelphia, PA Reliability data not available
Speeds up to1200 Mbps
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Cable Internet 99% coverage in Philadelphia, PA Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
Speeds up to245 Mbps
5G Home Internet 66% coverage in Philadelphia, PA Reliability data not available
Speeds up to150 Mbps
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Satellite Internet 88% coverage in Philadelphia, PA Thumbs Up Somewhat reliable
Speeds up to2048 Mbps
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5G Home, DSL & Fiber Internet 98% coverage in Philadelphia, PA Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
Speeds up to100 Mbps
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Satellite Internet 99% coverage in Philadelphia, PA Thumbs Up Somewhat reliable
Speeds up to10000 Mbps
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Fiber Internet 50% coverage in Philadelphia, PA Reliability data not available
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Mobile Internet Available in Philadelphia, PA Reliability data not available
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Mobile Internet Available in Philadelphia, PA Reliability data not available
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Mobile Internet Available in Philadelphia, PA Reliability data not available
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Philadelphia, PA provider recommendations

Verizon Fios: Best for pretty much anybody

Verizon Fios Internet pros and cons

pro
Pros
pro Gigabit speed options
pro Symmetrical fiber connection
pro No data caps or contracts
con
Cons
con High prices for fastest speeds
con Limited availability in the city

Verizon Fios’ speediest fiber internet plans offer enough bandwidth to cover all the needs that come with a large-ish house, condo, or townhome—like roommates’ phones, laptops, and smart TVs. But Verizon’s lower-tier plans are still fast and affordable enough to benefit even the smallest households. Plus, all Verizon plans have symmetrical upload and download speeds, so you don’t need to worry about long loading times or buffering while you’re streaming a movie in 4K resolution, even if your history-influencer roommate is uploading a video about the Liberty Bell at the same time.

Best Verizon Fios internet plan for most people: 1 Gig, 940Mbps for $89.99/mo.

Even if you have a large house full of kids who watch YouTube videos around the clock, the 1Gbps plan should get you more than enough speed for your needs. An entire gig with symmetrical speeds allows for several people to work, stream, and game without a slowdown.

Xfinity Internet: Best for low-income households

Xfinity Internet pros and cons

pro
Pros
pro Low-income household discounts
pro Several plan options
pro Bundles available
con
Cons
con Annual or multi-annual contracts
con Price hikes on plans

Cable provider Xfinity offers several different plans at varied speeds and price points, giving you diverse options to choose from. You can even get significant discounts on your Xfinity internet plan if you’re eligible for federal financial assistance. (Verizon and T-Mobile also offer these discounts but don’t provide as many options.)

Not receiving financial aid but still need a break? Combine some of your bills through a bundle of Xfinity internet, mobile phone, TV, home security, or various combinations of the four. Just know you’re signing up for a longish-term commitment—Xfinity requires contracts—and you’ll see a price hike after any promotions end (though not if you’re on a financial assistance plan).

Best Xfinity internet plan for most people: Fast, 400Mbps for $50.00/mo.

The Xfinity Fast plan is the best choice for a typical household. At 400Mbps for $50 a month, it’ll definitely meet your speed needs at a decent price. The Fast plan also has unlimited data, so you can watch as many videos or play as many games as you want without worries about throttling.

T-Mobile 5G Home Internet: Best for smaller households

T-Mobile Internet pros and cons

pro
Pros
pro Largest 5G network
pro No data caps or contracts
pro Discount when you bundle with a mobile plan
con
Cons
con Just one plan
con Slower speed but same price as Xfinity

T-Mobile 5G Home Internet transforms the T-Mobile nationwide 5G network into a internet service perfect for a smaller household with fewer people and devices. Though you won’t see lightning-fast speeds with T-Mobile, the service has no data caps—you can surf and stream to your heart’s content. T-Mobile also offers lots of deals and promotions, including a discount of up to $20 a month on your service when you bundle it with a qualifying T-Mobile cellular plan  If your living situation changes (more roommates, more devices), you can’t upgrade to more data or faster speeds—but this is still solid for most people.

Best T-Mobile Home Internet plan for most people: $50 home internet, 72–245 Mbps for $50.00/mo.

T-Mobile’s plan isn’t the fastest out there, but 245Mbps is more than enough for the average household to game, stream, work, and order cheesesteaks with little to no lag.

Earthlink
Earthlink
pro Speeds up to 1000 Mbps
pro Fiber connections
Xfinity
XFINITY
pro Speeds up to 1200 Mbps
pro Cable connections

Tech type availability in Philadelphia, PA

Fiber availability

97%

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Renowned for its reliability, fiber can reach download and upload speeds up to 10,000Mbps. While it isn’t available everywhere, it’s the best internet you can get.

Cable availability

100%

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Cable is bread-and-butter internet—widely available, often affordable, and very fast, delivering download speeds that range anywhere from 25Mbps to 1,200Mbps.

DSL availability

100%

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DSL maxes out at 100Mbps, but many DSL customers get much slower speeds than that. DSL is becoming obsolete, but it’s still a solid option in rural areas.

Satellite availability

91%

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Satellite is available practically everywhere, even in the most remote parts of the country. It’s costly and comes with strict data limits and slow speeds, so use it as a last resort.

Fastest internet plans and providers in
Philadelphia, PA

The fastest internet providers can get you gigabit or even multi-gigabit speeds. Not everyone needs a 1,000Mbps connection or faster, but it’s worth the investment if you’re a power user or live in a large household.

Provider
Max Download Speed
Connection Type
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Hotwire Communications
10000 MbpsFiber
Verizon
2048 MbpsFiber
Xfinity
1200 MbpsCable

Internet availability faster than 100Mbps by region

Philadelphia

100%

Pennsylvania

100%

How much speed do you need?

Take a look below at what you can do with different speeds commonly offered by internet service providers (ISPs). You can read more about the average user’s speed needs in our internet speed guide.

Internet Speed
No. of people
No. of devices
Activities
5–25Mbps 1–2 1–5 Casual web browsing • Emails • Social media • Streaming SD video • Streaming music
25–50Mbps 2–4 4–7 Streaming HD and 4K video • Streaming music • Online gaming • Light work from home
50–100Mbps 4–6 7–10 Streaming 4K video • Online gaming • Working from home • Using home security devices
100–500Mbps 6+ 10+ Streaming 4K video • Online gaming • Running a home office • Using home security and smart home devices
500–1,000Mbps 10+ 15+ Running a home office or creative profession • Streaming in 4K • Live streaming • Online gaming • Using home security and smart home devices

To get these numbers, we used the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadband speed guide, our streaming internet speed guide, and our Zoom internet speed guide.

Internet provider averages in
Philadelphia, PA

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Average download speed

151 Mbps
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Average upload speed

63 Mbps
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Average latency time

24 ms

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