• Verizon High Speed Internet and Cable from Comcast Xfinity are the predominant Internet choices in Philadelphia. Some smaller providers such as Windstream also offer service to certain areas.
  • Philadelphia’s business and industrial sectors are served by a huge variety of specialized providers and customizable plans from major telecom corporations.
  • The average Internet speed in Philadelphia is 46.95 Mbps.

Best Residential Internet Providers

Fiber, cable, and DSL are the main options in Philly. We landed on these providers as the top-shelf options in terms of overall availability, value, and local customer service office reputation.

Residential Internet Providers Available in Philadelphia

See below for a full list of Internet options registered with the FCC in Philadelphia. Some of these providers only have limited availability, but you can check which are relevant to you with our local Internet search tool.

ProvidersPricingAvailabilityPhone
$2999+ 99%
Cable
(855) 436-3540
$1999+ 88%
DSL
(855) 435-4574
$3999+ 92%
Fiber
(855) 435-4574
$4499+ 2%
DSL
(855) 837-8791
$5999+ 100%
Satellite
(888) 387-7910
$5000+ 100%
Satellite
(877) 255-5702

Best Business Internet Providers

Here’s our top pick for the average Philadelphia business looking for a good combination for price and service.

Business Internet Providers Available in Philadelphia

Businesses have a lot of choice in Philadelphia. Common needs like dedicated IP and VoIP support are available through affordable cable, while more complex needs like point-to-point can be had from other specialized providers in the area.

ProvidersPricingAvailabilityPhone
$6995+ 94%
Cable
(855) 436-3540
N/A 20%
Fiber
(888) 583-4237
$6499+ 96%
DSL
(855) 435-4574
N/A 67%
Fiber
(855) 435-4574
$5000+ 17%
DSL
(855) 837-8791
$6999+ 100%
Satellite
(888) 387-7910
$9999+ 100%
Satellite
(877) 255-5702
N/A 16%
DSL
(866) 226-4244

Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Philadelphia

Philadelphia isn’t without issues when it comes to broadband access. As you can see in the competition heat map below, some neighborhoods enjoy multiple options while others are stuck with only one or two reliable options.

Provider Competition Map

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Philadelphia Internet Speed Overview

The highest speed recorded in Philadelphia is 114.01 Mbps. 46.95 Mbps is the average speed in Philadelphia.

Average Speed90th Percentile Speed
46.95 Mbps114.01 Mbps

Average Residential download speeds within Philadelphia

Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Philadelphia

Data Caps

Data caps are a frequent issue in Philadelphia. Basically, having a data cap means you’re stuck paying an overage fee if you use too much data in any given month. They are particularly common with cable and DSL service, and a long-standing feature of wireless service.

While they don’t matter much for the average Internet user who only uses 90 GB or so of data monthly, they matter in the long run for “cord-cutters” and video communication platforms, as the resolution of screens is always increasing. Will the caps increase to allow for those huge data files? Only time will tell.

Early Termination Fees

Multi-year contracts are a standard option for Internet and TV/phone bundles in Philly. But what happens if you need to break the contract? Usually, you wind up with a steep termination fee.

Be sure to understand what your options are for terminating a contract before you sign. Usually, there will be special circumstances under which the fee can be waived.

Local Information

Low-Income Digital Assistance

Free Internet access is available through the Philadelphia public library system.

Public/private partnerships have allowed struggling Philadelphia residents to access low-cost home broadband for as low as $10/month. Check availability through EveryoneOn. Digital literacy coursework and subsidized laptops may also be available.

Broadband Roadblocks in Philadelphia

Philly might be a good candidate for municipal broadband service in some areas, but there are several roadblocks in the way of that ever happening.

Regulations restrict municipal service in Pennsylvania, and communities can only pursue installing public-owned networks after a 14-month waiting period.

Municipal service is only considered for areas without any true broadband service, regardless of whether the provider in that area is or isn’t creating a monopoly situation.

Local Perspective

We’ve reached out to local officials in Philadelphia for commentary on what future plans are underway to improve Internet access. This page will be updated when we have their comments. If you’re involved with a group working to improve digital services and broadband access in Philadelphia, please contact us so we can include that information on this page.


Experts

Ana De Castro

Ana De Castro

Ana De Castro cut her teeth as a SAP consultant for Deloitte during the original tech boom, and now works in a communications role in the telecom industry. When she isn’t explaining technical concepts to confused consumers, she enjoys traveling with her husband and two rambunctious kids.

James Webb

James Webb

James Webb is a tech and gadgets expert with a focus on educational content development. He draws on his background in the startup world to make complicated technologies and topics easy to understand for normal folks.

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