More Lancaster, Berks customers have access to broadband

Nearly 2,200 homes and businesses in Berks, Chester and Lancaster counties are now accessible to fiber broadband from high-speed internet provider Kinetic.

That includes about 900 homes and businesses in Berks County, 750 in Chester County and 550 in Lancaster County. The total will likely increase to more than 3,100 by this time next year, Kinetic estimated in a release.

“We’re thrilled to bring our fastest speeds and our best internet experience to more homes and businesses here in Berks, Chester and Lancaster counties,” Kinetic state operations President Susan Schraibman said at the announcement. “The energy and momentum we have in the marketplace are unmistakable, and we’re proud we’re able to bring our ultrafast fiber connectivity to more customers and the community every single day. Our mission is to provide exceptional internet to all our customers.”

In a statement, state Rep. Mark Gillen, R-Birdsboro, said Kinetic broadband customers “will have their fiber optic connections linked directly from their place of residence to the internet infrastructure, which avoids bottlenecks that reduce upload speeds, download speeds and general reliability,” Gillen said. “I am excited that Kinetic’s customers will have the opportunity to experience the ultimate in home internet service right here in Berks County.”

Lancaster County state Sen. Scott Martin, R-Martic Township, added: “Access to broadband is an important quality-of-life issue, which is why it has been a priority for Senate Republicans for several years. I applaud the ongoing work to expand this service to more local communities.”

Kinetic’s ultrafast fiber-optic broadband lets users upload and download at up to 1 gigabit a second, or 1,000 megabits a second, providing what is known as “next-generation access.”

The southeastern Pennsylvania fiber project is part of a $2 billion multiyear capital investment strategy to dramatically expand gigabit internet service across Kinetic’s 18-state footprint.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer