Internet providers in Philadelphia, PA

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1. Xfinity
99% available in Philadelphia
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
2. Verizon
100% available in Philadelphia
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
940Mbps

User Rating (189)
3. Viasat
99% available in Philadelphia
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
4. HughesNet
Available in Philadelphia
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
5. TOAST.net
92% available in Philadelphia
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
6Mbps
6. Rise Broadband
100% available in Philadelphia
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
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1. Comcast Business
100% available in Philadelphia
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
2. Verizon
100% available in Philadelphia
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
940Mbps

User Rating (189)
3. Viasat
99% available in Philadelphia
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
4. HughesNet
Available in Philadelphia
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
5. SignalPoint Communications, Inc.
Available in Philadelphia
Connection:
Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
3Mbps
6. Navpoint Internet
Available in Philadelphia
Connection:
Wireless
Download speeds up to
3Mbps
7. Affinity, LLC.
1% available in Philadelphia
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
10Mbps
8. TOAST.net
100% available in Philadelphia
Connection:
Wireless
Download speeds up to
10Mbps
9. XO Communications
1% available in Philadelphia
Connection:
DSL & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
10. Megapath
81% available in Philadelphia
Connection:
DSL & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
11. NetCarrier Telecom, Inc.
93% available in Philadelphia
Connection:
DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
1. Xfinity Mobile
Available in Philadelphia
Connection:
Mobile
Xfinity Mobile
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2. AT&T
Available in Philadelphia
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T
4GLTE

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3. Sprint
Available in Philadelphia
Connection:
Mobile
Sprint
4GLTE

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4. T-Mobile
Available in Philadelphia
Connection:
Mobile
T-Mobile
4GLTE

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5+ Mbps

  • Regular browsing
  • Music streaming
  • Ideal for 1 person

10+ Mbps

  • HD video streaming
  • Casual gaming
  • Ideal for 1-2 people

20+ Mbps

  • Ultra HD streaming
  • Frequent gaming
  • Ideal for 2-4 people

40+ Mbps

  • Simultaneous HD streaming
  • Simultaneous gaming
  • Ideal for 4+

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What is the best internet provider in Philadelphia?

Since Philadelphia is the global headquarters of Comcast, it’s no surprise that Xfinity by Comcast has built a strong network here. Nearly all Philly residents can get Xfinity internet.

Verizon is the other big player in the area. Verizon’s fiber network covers most of Philadelphia, offering speeds up to 940 Mbps.

In addition to Verizon and Xfinity, there are a few smaller providers sprinkled in various Philly neighborhoods that offer broadband internet service. Some of these local internet providers include TOAST.net, Hotwire Communications, North Coast Wireless Communications, and Mechcom Dot Net. If any of these options are available in your area, check them out. They sometimes offer a better deal and usually provide better customer service.

While satellite internet providers like HughesNet and Viasat are also available in Philadelphia, we wouldn’t recommend satellite to people living in the city with other options. Satellite internet is slower and more expensive than fiber, DSL, or cable internet.

Summary of Philadelphia internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
Xfinity Cable 1000 Mbps 2.5/5
Verizon DSL & Fiber 940 Mbps 3.0/5
Viasat Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
HughesNet Satellite 25 Mbps 2.5/5
TOAST.net DSL 6 Mbps N/A
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 25 Mbps N/A

Availability and speeds displayed are not guaranteed and are subject to change.

Technology Type

DSL:

DSL provides internet service via phone cables and is up to ten times faster than dial-up service.

Cable:

Cable provides internet speeds faster than DSL through the same cables used for cable TV.

Satellite:

Satellite internet is widely available, but offers slower speeds due to a far-traveling signal.

Fiber:

Fiber relies on glass strands to relay digital code and is much faster than both DSL and cable.

Highest-rated internet providers in Philadelphia

If you’re in Philly looking for internet service, it’ll probably come down to either Verizon or Xfinity. Both of these providers are available to almost all Philly residents, and both do well in national internet surveys.

J.D. Power ranked Verizon as the top internet provider in the eastern US, with Comcast coming in second place. Our best internet providers survey also gives Xfinity high marks, ranking it higher than average in customer satisfaction and speed.

 

Fastest internet service providers in Philadelphia

Xfinity offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Verizon offers internet at speeds up to 940 Mbps

Viasat offers internet at speeds up to 25 Mbps

HughesNet offers internet at speeds up to 25 Mbps

Verizon and Xfinity by Comcast offer internet service in most of Philly, including gigabit service, although the fastest speed will vary depending on your neighborhood. So, which internet service is better?

Technically, Xfinity’s gigabit plan offers slightly faster upload speeds (up to 1,000 Mbps) than Verizon Fios (up to 940 Mbps). But Xfinity delivers internet through a cable network, while Verizon Fios relies on a fiber-optic network, which is much better. Why? A fiber network allows for faster upload speeds than a cable one.

Verizon’s gigabit plan offers superfast upload speeds that go up to 880 Mbps, while Xfinity’s gigabit plan has upload speeds around 35 Mbps. That means that for internet activities like gaming, uploading videos to YouTube, or sending large files, you will get better performance with Verizon Fios.

If you use the internet mostly to stream video content, shop, or browse, then Xfinity’s plan will be great for you since you’re not uploading much content.

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About Xfinity Internet

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Verizon vs. Xfinity

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Your Guide to Xfinity Installation

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Philadelphia residential internet coverage

There are hundreds of neighborhoods in Philadelphia, but almost all have the same internet providers. Xfinity by Comcast and Verizon are available almost everywhere in Philly, including Center City, West Philly, South Philly, North Philly, Northwest Philly, and Northeast Philly. Verizon Fios fiber internet is only available in half the city, which means that part of the city has slower Verizon DSL speeds.

Most Philly neighborhoods have a variety of Xfinity plans to choose from, with speeds maxing out at 1,000 Mbps.

Verizon speeds are spottier throughout Philadelphia. Some parts of the city have Verizon internet speeds that only go up to 15 Mbps, while other areas have speeds up to 940 Mbps.

Philly residents can also check out local internet providers like TOAST.net, Hotwire Communications, North Coast Wireless Communications, and Mechcom Dot Net. Although these providers aren’t rated nationally, they can deliver a good value and better customer service than some of the big name internet companies.

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Featured customer reviews

Xfinity

“Outages are rare and bandwidth from the tap outside slightly exceeds what I pay them for.”

–D. Bowers

Xfinity

“Great service, fast speeds.”

–W. Stevens

Xfinity

“I have been an xfinity user for many years. Sad to say the service over the last year has gone from bad to terrible.”

–I. Amdor

Philadelphia internet FAQ

What is the best internet provider in Philadelphia?

Xfinity and Verizon are the best internet providers in Philly. Xfinity by Comcast offers 60 Mbps–1,000 Mbps internet service in Philadelphia. Verizon Fios offers 100 Mbps–940 Mbps internet speeds in Philadelphia. In parts of the city, Verizon offers only DSL internet.

How much is Xfinity’s modem rental fee?

Xfinity’s modem rental fee is $13 per month. If you have the cash upfront, you can buy an Xfinity-compatible modem for around $60 to $70 on Amazon. Just make sure it’s a modem/router that’s compatible with Xfinity.

To get a list of approved third-party equipment, sign in to your Xfinity account and look for a list of approved third-party equipment.

Where can I get low-cost internet in Philadelphia?

If you’re looking for low-cost internet in Philly, check out Internet Essentials from Comcast, which brings internet to over 200,000 low-income Philly residents. Internet Essentials from Comcast is $9.95 per month for upload speeds up to 15 Mbps. To find out more, fill out an application online.

If you don’t qualify for subsidized low-cost internet, the good news is that there are still several options that are cost-effective. Xfinity’s basic Performance plan is $39.99 per month, and you don’t need to add TV service to get this price. If you’re trying to save money on your utilities, we recommend getting a TV antenna to pick up free TV stations.

How much is Xfinity by Comcast internet in Philly?

Xfinity by Comcast internet is available in over 90% of Philadelphia. Plans start at $39.99 and go up to $89.99 per month.

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