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Internet Access in Pennsylvania

The state of Pennsylvania ranks 11th in terms of broadband access. The best coverage in the state is concentrated in the southeast and west-central ends. Currently, 43.4% of the population have access to fiber-optic service, which is nearly double the nationwide scale. Pennsylvania’s average download speed is 144.7 Mbps.

Speed for Major providers in Pennsylvania
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90.50%

Terrestrial Broadband Coverage

51.90%

Wired Low Price Plan Access

100.4

Mbps Average State Wide Speed

11th

State Broadband Access Ranking

94.8%

of Pennsylvanians have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

98.8%

of Pennsylvanians have access to wireline service.

Internet Speed in Top Pennsylvania Cities
Top Cities
Avg Download Speed
No. Of Providers

Philadelphia

97.2 MBPS

31 Providers

Pittsburgh

110.0 MBPS

29 Providers

Reading

99.2 MBPS

26 Providers

Erie

55.5 MBPS

17 Providers

York

79.1 MBPS

17 Providers

The State of Broadband

The state of Pennsylvania ranks 11th in terms of broadband access. The best coverage in the state is concentrated in the southeast and west-central ends. Currently, 43.4% of the population have access to fiber-optic service, which is nearly double the nationwide scale. Pennsylvania’s average download speed is 144.7 Mbps.

The Digital Divide

While some state residents have access to low-priced, high-speed internet, other Pennsylvanians remain without access to the same affordable technology. A large number of state residents, 95.1%, have high-speed internet access, with wired broadband with speeds of 25 Mbps or faster. While Pennsylvania has 213 internet providers 162,000 people in Pennsylvania don't have any wired internet providers available to them where they live. More than half of Pennsylvania’s residents have access to a low-priced internet plan costing $60 or less per month. This is nearly consistent with the nationwide average.

Best-Connected Cities

The five best-connected cities in Pennsylvania are Allentown, Bethlehem, Pittsburgh, Drexel Hill, and Philadelphia.

Worst-Connected Cities

In opposition, West Middletown, Oakland Mills, Camel, Amberson, and Roxburyare the lowest ranking cities from a connectivity perspective, in the state.

Governmental Initiatives

Since 2010, the Department of Community and Economic Development has been awarded over $7 million in grants to further broadband development and mapping within Pennsylvania. An additional $128,444,692 in federal grants has funded broadband infrastructure projects throughout the state.