It’s not always easy finding an internet provider with fast, affordable, and reliable service in Huntingdon County. And if you live in a rural or more remote area, you’ll likely have even fewer choices. This means you could be stuck paying a monthly bill for a service that you’re not satisfied with.
We think this is just plain wrong. We should all have access to fast, reliable internet at a fair price, and we should have options as to who our internet service providers will be.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best internet providers that cover Huntingdon, Shirleysburg, Rockhill, Mount Union, Mill Creek, Dudley, Orbisonia, Mapleton, Allenport, and the rest of Huntingdon County, PA.
The chart below shows the speed and prices of the packages available in the area. Please note that not all of these packages will be available across the county, as availability varied based on specific locations.
Huntingdon County Internet Providers
|Compay||Type of Internet||Available Upload Speed Range (advertised)||Price Range (per month)||Additional Benefits||Potential Issues|
|Upward Broadband||Fiber-backed Fixed Wireless Internet||10 to 100mbps||$49.95 to $299.95*|
*Fair, transparent pricing. Doesn’t include a one-time activation fee of $99 or $199.
|A local, family-owned business with|
attentive service, no bundling, and gimmick pricing.
|Must have a line-of-sight connection with their towers. Does not offer phone or TV options.|
|Xfinity||Cable Internet (Fiber options currently unavailable)||25 to 1,000mbps||Plans starting at $39.99* for the first 12 months. Lowest-cost plan increases to $92.95 after the first year.|
*Limited time offers subject to change. Does not include additional installation fees or router fees.
|A large company with fast, reliable internet.||They offer bundled packages that can make getting only what you need difficult. Promotional prices may be initially enticing, but monthly costs may increase after the promotional term ends.|
Limited coverage area.
|Verizon||DSL||1.1 to 15 mbps||Plans starting at $69.99.||Widely available, even in rural areas.||They may not offer high enough speeds for your internet usage.|
|Viasat||Satellite||12 to 30mpbs||$65 to $120*|
*Does not include installation fees. The monthly fee will increase from $20 to $50 after 3 months.
|Available nearly everywhere.||May not perform in certain types of weather, and is a relatively pricey option for the speeds available.|
|CenturyLink||DSL||10 to 40mbps||Starting at $49||Widely available, even in rural areas.||Doesn’t offer high-speed options.|
|HighesNet||Satellite||25mbps||$59.99 to $150*|
*Higher price options give you a higher soft data limit (once you reach your limit, your speeds will slow).
|Available nearly everywhere.||May not perform in certain types of weather, and is a relatively pricey option for the speed available.|
|Rural Broadband Cooperative||Fixed Wireless Internet||5 Mbps Down/ 1 Mbps up|
25 Mbps down/3 Mbps up
|$25 – membership fee|
$15 or $50 Internet Service fee
$355 installation feee
|Local, member supported. They plan to continue expanding their coverage area.||Limited coverage and speeds.|
So who is the best internet provider in Huntingdon County? The answer to that depends on what you need most from an internet service provider. We’ve broken it down into three categories, ranking the companies above on best speed, price, and customer service.
Huntingdon County’s Fastest Internet Provider
Xfinity’s cable internet offers some of the fastest speeds available in a limited part of the county. Their highest advertised speed is 1,000 MBPS, though that may not be available to a large portion of the area.
Xfinity does bring broadband-speed service to a good portion of Huntingdon County, though some homes and businesses in more rural or remote areas may not have access.
In addition to fast internet, you’ll be backed by a large company that has an extensive network of technicians and support.
One important thing to note is that while pricing may start off as competitive with other options, this could be due to attractive promotional deals for new contracts. These seemingly attractively priced plans may significantly increase after a specified period. Be sure to read the promotional terms and conditions to learn the real cost before making a decision.
Additionally, if you’re looking to reduce your monthly expenses by getting rid of cable TV and landline telephone, it may not be worth it if Xfinity is your provider. Their bundled pricing model (combining TV, internet, and/or phone) could lead to just slight or modest bill reductions if you decide to opt out for a service, leaving you paying for services you don’t need.
The Lowest Cost Options for Internet In Huntingdon County
If you’re looking to keep your monthly costs in check and high speeds are not a priority, one of the DSL providers in your area may be the right choice for you.
CenturyLink, in particular, offers a plan starting at $49. At the writing of this blog, the company is offering a promotion called Price for Life. This means that as long as you have that internet contract, your price will not increase.
However, “for life” doesn’t mean your entire life, but instead means the life of the service contract. Should you cancel the contract (like when you switch to a new provider or move locations), you’ll be giving up that price. If you need to start a new contract with the company, you’ll have to pay the new rate that may have increased.
Because DSL providers use phone lines to transmit internet service, DSL is offered most places where there are phone lines. While it won’t always offer the fastest speed, it will provide a reliable connection.
Huntingdon’s Highest Rated Internet Provider
Sure, we may be a little biased here – but if you’re looking for reliability, high speeds, and personalized service, Upward Broadband may be worth looking into.
With a 5-star review on Google (based on over 60 reviews), and Facebook (based on over 25), we have some convincing evidence back this up.
Upward Broadband is a local, family-owned company based in Lancaster County, PA. While larger regional and national companies provide great service to their clients, Upward Broadband offers a more personalized experience.
We don’t operate out of a big, sometimes remote call center. The people on our customer service and installation teams live in the area and care about providing great service to their community. We get to know our customers, and our customers get to know our team.
In addition, Upward Broadband offers competitively priced high-speedl internet service through a fixed wireless internet model. We don’t rely on cable internet or DSL infrastructure to reach our customers. Our fiber-backed fixed wireless internet is transmitted from towers to receivers on homes and businesses.
Because of this model, we’re able to offer high-speed internet to all areas that our towers can communicate with, even the rural and more remote ones.
Which Internet Provider is The Best Overall?
Choosing an internet provider can take a lot of time and research, and phone calls. Between finding out what is available in your area to determine the speed and service that is right for, the process can be frustrating.
But it’s just not right to be stuck paying monthly bills to an internet provider you’re not satisfied with. By evaluating your needs for internet speed, and your budget and service preferences, you can narrow the list down and settle on a company that will make you happy.
If Upward Broadband made the cut, or if you’re curious about your internet options, reach out to us! We’d love to have a talk about your internet needs. Here’s our coverage map for Huntingdon County and the rest of south-central PA.