Bethlehem, PA High Speed Internet Service
There are a total of 5 companies providing internet service to a significant portion of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and meet the minimum accepted broadband definition of 25 Mbps download speed. Our proprietary ranking calculation takes into account different aspects of useable download speed, upload speed and coverage area. For example, an increase of 100 Mbps download speed from 200 Mbps to 300 Mbps is much more significant for users than an increase from 1000 Mbps to 1100Mpbs. Also, for nearly all users download speed is much more important than upload speed. Our ranked ordering of internet service providers in Bethlehem:
|Rank||Provider||Tech||Max Download Speed||Max Upload Speed||Availability|
|1||Service Electric||Cable, Fiber||1000 Mbps||40 Mbps||100.0%|
|2||RCN||Cable, Fiber||1000 Mbps||20 Mbps||95.9%|
|3||Eastern Time||wireless||100 Mbps||50 Mbps||74.7%|
|4||ViaSat||Satellite||100 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
|5||HughesNet||Satellite||25 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
Bethlehem PA Internet Access Options
Studies have shown that the competition from having two or more broadband internet providers in a community leads to lower prices and better overall service.
The chart below graphs the segment of the population which has a choice of internet providers at four different ranges of download speeds.
Broadband Internet Speeds
How does the average download speed for broadband internet in Bethlehem compare to Lehigh County? The average speed in Bethlehem is 32.3 Mbps which is faster than Lehigh County overall.
On a statewide basis this download speed is faster than the Pennsylvania average of 30.95 Mbps.
Bethlehem Internet Access Facts
DSL internet is available to 78.0% of Bethlehem residents
There are 5 residential internet providers in Bethlehem, PA providing service to at least 15% of the city
The average download speed in Bethlehem is 4.4% faster than the average in Pennsylvania and 0.3% slower than the national average of 32.4 Mbps
DSL internet is available to 6.5% of the Lehigh County population
The average internet download speed in Bethlehem is 32.3 Mbps based upon 17624 measurements taken in the last 12 months
Cable internet is available to 100.0% of the Bethlehem population
Internet Access Technologies
DSL, Cable, Fiber and Fixed Wireless are four common types of technology used to provide internet access. The following chart shows the percentage of Bethlehem residents who have access to each of these technology types.
Internet Service FAQs
Who has the best internet service near me?
Our proprietary algorithm that takes into consideration download speed, upload speed, availability and overall value ranks Service Electric as the top provider for Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Who has the fastest internet service in Bethlehem?
Service Electric and RCN with a download speed of 1000 Mbps provide the fastest internet service in Bethlehem.
What locations were used in calculating broadband internet coverage for Bethlehem, Pennsylvania?
The following zip codes were used: 18015, 18016, 18017, 18018, 18020, 18025 and 18055
What internet download speed do I need?
Consider the following general rules of thumb when determining the download speed you need for your new Bethlehem internet service.
|25+ Mbps||1-2 devices||Web browsing|
HD video streaming
|100+ Mbps||3-5 devices||Video conferencing|
4K video streaming
|1000+ Mbps||6+ devices||Multiple video or 4K streams|
Zero latency gaming
How do the internet speeds in Bethlehem compare to other cities in Pennsylvania?
Click through to see how the Bethlehem broadband speeds compare to these other cities throughout the state: Abbottstown, Kittanning, New Stanton, Plymouth, Smethport, Wernersville, Whitehall
Is there fiber internet service near me?
Yes, there are fiber internet providers in Bethlehem - Service Electric and RCN.
What is DSL internet service?
DSL provides internet service via phone lines but at speeds typically 100x or more than old fashioned dial-up service over those same phone lines. Download speeds are typically slower than cable, but DSL is more likely to be available in a remote location than cable.
Which internet service provider offers the most coverage in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania?
Service Electric provides broadband internet service to 100.0% of Bethlehem.
What is cable internet service?
Cable internet service streams data through the same coaxial cables used for cable television. In nearly all instances cable internet will be faster than DSL. Cable internet is available to nearly 90% of Americans but does not have as much coverage in remote areas as DSL.
Bethlehem Cable TV, Satellite TV and Streaming Services
Our ranking of internet service plans can make choosing a new provider fairly easy. Selecting a TV provider is more difficult as additional variables are involved. If you are a heavy TV viewer and/or watch in multiple rooms at the same time, a traditional cable TV package or satellite TV provider may be the best option for you. However, if you live in a rental property or a heavily wooded area, satellite TV may not be a viable option. Streaming TV packages can be a good option for many, especially if your internet plan does not have a data limit. Read through the pros and cons of the various TV packages available to you and chose the best match to your viewing needs.
- 290+ channels
- Satellite coverage virtually anywhere
- 4 video package tiers
- Access to apps, Google assistant and 2000 hour smart DVR
Hulu Live TV
- 75+ channels
- Access to premium Hulu originals
- Includes Disney+ and ESPN+
- 2 simultaneous streams supported on a broad array of devices
- 85+ channels
- Unlimited cloud DVR
- Local network coverage
- Sports plus, Spanish plus and premium movie add-ons
- 140+ channels
- Unlimited cloud DVR
- Local network and sports coverage
- Unlimited streams in-home. TV to go with the DIRECTV app
- 180+ channels
- 1000 hours of cloud DVR
- Local network coverage
- Extensive sports coverage plus sports add-on packages
- 50+ channels
- 50 hours of DVR storage
- No annual contracts
- Up to 4 simultaneous streams across a wide variety of devices