Setting Up Utilities
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It will be easier if you have your social security number before setting up your utilities.
To set up your telephone service, call Verizon at 1-800-640-4155. They may ask you to FAX a photocopy of your social security card and passport. If you do not yet have a social security number you may be able to FAX a notarized copy of your tenancy agreement instead.
Verizon will also ask what long distance carrier you would like. You are not required to use the same company for local and long distance, or even to have long-distance service. There are many options, including Verizon, PA Public Utilities Commision provides information.
PECO Energy (1-800-494-4000) is the largest local supplier.
To set up an account, you will need your social security number and identification, and you will need to Fax this information to the company. If you do not yet have a social security number, it may be possible to Fax a notarized copy of your tenancy agreement.
The local gas company, is the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW), at 215-235-1000. In some areas, narural gas service is also available from PECO Energy. If you live in Coventry House, you do not need to set up an account for natural gas.
Broadband Internet and TV
If you are renting an apartment in Philadelphia, broadband or tv service may be included in your rental agreement. All cable-based broadband, television, and telephone service in Philadelphia is provided by Comcast. DSL connections are available from several providers, such as Verizon, which also offers fiber-optic FIOS digital tv service in some areas.
Wireless internet service is available throughout the Fox Chase Cancer Center campus. There is an open connection for patients and other visitors (FCCCguest) and a secure system for staff.
Philadelphia is the first city in the country to introduce city-wide wireless service. The Wireless Philadelphia project provides free wireless connections in many parts of town, though it is not a complete network. Check their site for coverage area and connection instructions. Many coffee shops, bookstores, and other businesses provide free wireless internet service. Another option is a wireless modem available from a mobile telephone service. Phone modem service is expensive, but provides service over a wider area.