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Broadband Internet Service

The term broadband commonly refers to high-speed internet access that is always on and faster than the traditional dial-up access. Broadband includes several high-speed transmission technologies such as:

  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
  • Cable Modem
  • Fiber
  • Wireless
  • Satellite
  • Broadband over Powerlines (BPL)

For more details on different types of broadband connections, please visit the FCC website.

Lifeline Service

Contact your telephone company or a participating wireless services provider about Lifeline, a federal financial support program that helps eligible low-income consumers and households to keep their telephone and internet access. More information on Lifeline is available at You can also call Lifeline at 1-800-234-9473 between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. The Commission has additional information on its Communications Assistance Programs page.

Stay Connected with Lifeline - A brochure explaining telephone/broadband assistance programs. Updated April 2024. 

Stay Connected with the Lifeline Program - A fact sheet explaining telephone/broadband assistance programs. Updated April 2024.

Lifeline Assistance for Broadband/Internet Service for Low-Income Consumers

Lifeline helps make communications services more affordable for low-income consumers. Starting on December 2, 2016, Lifeline support is available to help low-income Pennsylvanians obtain Internet access. Discounts will apply to stand-alone broadband, bundled voice-broadband packages—either fixed or mobile—and stand-alone voice service. As a Lifeline customer, you are automatically eligible to receive broadband service through your current telephone carrier. You may receive a discount for your landline, wireless or broadband service, but only ONE discount is available per household. 

For further information on how to apply for Lifeline, please visit the Lifeline Program page.

Questions regarding Lifeline Broadband/Internet service? Call the PUC's Consumer Hotline at 1-800-692-7380.

Affordable Connectivity Program

Separate support for internet service was made available through the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), however, it is no longer accepting applications and is currently scheduled to run out of funding by the end of April 2024. Some current ACP households may receive a partial discount in May 2024. Current ACP customers should have received information from their providers about changes to their internet bill and service. To learn more, visit

Pennsylvania Broadband Map

Pennsylvania Broadband Map - The Penn State Extension, in consultation with the PUC, created an interactive map to help internet service providers as they prepare to bid on projects to expand broadband services to unserved regions in the state.  This map represents FCC data in terms of broadband service for the purpose of enabling bidders to better estimate their project costs in providing service to locations not having broadband services as defined by the FCC.

Pennsylvania Broadband Map by County and 500 Public School Districts - This map is presented by regions.  This map shows all areas without broadband in Pennsylvania.  This includes the areas without broadband in Pennsylvania that not included in Auction 904 Map because those areas are not in the auction as explained herein.

Your Rights to Broadband/Internet Service – Link to more information and the Broadband Bill of Rights

Chapter 30 Regulations

Broadband Bill of Rights - Under Pennsylvania law, residents have a right to broadband access.

PUC Chapter 30 regulations require companies to make broadband/Internet service available within 10 business days of a request at a speed equal to or greater than 1.544 megabits per second (mbps) in the downstream direction and equal to or greater than 128 kilobits per second (kbps) in the upstream direction.

A telephone company is permitted to meet its broadband obligation by using either its own facilities or the facilities of an affiliated company through any kind of technology.

Contact a telephone company of your choice to request broadband/internet service.

Department of Community & Economic Development

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has information on its website explaining about the Broadband Initiative in Pennsylvania.

It is indisputable that a successful telecommunications infrastructure is vital in the 21st century. With an expansive and established broadband service, Pennsylvania will be even more attractive to businesses; and, a wide-reaching broadband network will help schools to provide a more interactive learning environment in order to bridge the digital divide.

Increased telecommunication through broadband has many implications - some of which haven't even been discovered yet.

Participating Broadband Service Providers - DCED's website provides a comprehensive list of broadband providers in Pennsylvania.

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If you can't find what you're looking for here, please contact the PA Public Utility Commission. Call us at 1-800-692-7380 or contact us online.

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