• Most Pittsburgh residents can choose between Xfinity, Verizon FiOS, or Verizon DSL for their Internet service.
  • Most residents only have a couple realistic options for wired broadband. However, the arrival of fiber infrastructure from FiOS has upped the bar in the area and increased overall service quality from all providers.
  • The average speed in Pittsburgh, according to our latest speed test data, is 46.61 Mbps.
  • Business service is available from most of the big names as well as smaller regional providers, all of which are listed below.

Best Residential Internet Providers

According to our analysis of provider speed, pricing, and availability, Pittsburgh residents should start with these two providers in their search for home or apartment Internet.

Residential Internet Providers Available in Pittsburgh

Here’s a full rundown on alternatives, including small “WISP” wireless providers.

ProvidersPricingAvailabilityPhone
$4999+ 100%
Satellite
(888) 387-7910
$3000+ 100%
Satellite
(877) 255-5702
$2999+ 99%
Cable
(855) 436-3540
$3999+ 94%
Fiber
(855) 435-4574
$2499+ 74%
DSL
(855) 435-4574
$3999+ 6%
DSL
(855) 837-8791
$2295+ 2%
DSL
(844) 968-7224

Best Business Internet Providers

Business broadband is a tricky subject since the needs of each business vary so greatly, from point-to-point to VoIP to security challenges. Here’s our favorite for across-the-board decent service in most of Pittsburgh.

Business Internet Providers Available in Pittsburgh

Considering your options takes time, but it’s worth it for the broadband your business will rely on. This listing includes every provider with business-oriented plans currently serving addresses within Pittsburgh city limits.

ProvidersPricingAvailabilityPhone
$6999+ 100%
Satellite
(888) 387-7910
$9999+ 100%
Satellite
(877) 255-5702
$6995+ 98%
Cable
(855) 436-3540
N/A 88%
Fiber
(855) 435-4574
$6499+ 83%
DSL
(855) 435-4574
N/A 40%
Fiber
(888) 583-4237
$7000+ 14%
DSL
(855) 837-8791
N/A 10%
Copper
(877) 757-5799
N/A 8%
Copper
(866) 226-4244
$28000+ 8%
DSL
(844) 968-7224
N/A 5%
Fiber
(866) 463-4237
N/A 4%
DSL
(703) 442-5500

Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh offers decent fiber coverage, alongside traditional services like cable and DSL. Find your neighborhood in the map below to get a quick impression of how many options you can expect to find.

Provider Competition Map

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Pittsburgh Internet Speed Overview

The 90th percentile average speed currently available in Pittsburgh is measured at 107.25 Mbps. Meanwhile, the average speed in Pittsburgh is 46.61 Mbps. Increased fiber availability is expected to boost both of these figures in years to come.

Average Speed90th Percentile Speed
46.61 Mbps107.25 Mbps

Average Residential download speeds within Pittsburgh

Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Pittsburgh

Data Caps

Data caps are a growing trend in cable and DSL service. Data limits are mostly an issue for streaming video, whether through Hulu, Skype, or Twitch. Considering that the average Internet subscriber only uses 80–90 GB per month, data caps might not be an issue for your household. The important thing is to be aware of what your cap is, and look at how much data you’ll need for the activities you do on a daily basis.

Contract Fine Print

The fine print of multi-year contracts is notorious for including hidden fees, and Pittsburgh is no exception. The biggest “gotcha” here is variable pricing, which happens when a customer signs up for a limited-time promotional price but winds up stuck in a contract paying twice as much for the second half of the service agreement.

In this scenario, you can’t simply switch providers because the early termination fee will probably cost you as much as simply keeping the service. Our recommendation is to comb the fine print of any plan you’re considering carefully for:

  • Early termination fees
  • Limited-time pricing
  • Contract length

Finally, remember that most providers in Pittsburgh will let you switch for no cost, regardless of reason, within the first 30 days.

Local Information

Internet Essentials and Free Wi-Fi in Pittsburgh

Thanks to collaboration between Comcast and the city government in Pittsburgh, residents have access to a variety of free or reduced-cost services.

Internet Essentials and other reduced-cost programs make home Internet access possible for residents who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it. You can check availability based on applicant income and housing details at EveryoneOn.

Free Wi-Fi is also available at many of Pittsburgh’s public parks and public spaces, thanks to a similar agreement.[1]

Broadband Roadblocks in Pittsburgh

What about municipal broadband for Pittsburgh? Since Chattanooga went gigabit on the smart grid, communities all over Pennsylvania have been showing interest in similar public-owned Internet options.

Pittsburgh residents shouldn’t hold their breath, however, since strict regulations in PA make it difficult for municipal networks to get past the planning stages.[2]

Local Perspective

Public Internet access is also available for free throughout Pittsburgh via the local library system.


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