Schuylkill County is the birthplace of cable television. Service Electric Cable Television, the nation's first cable television company, was started in Mahanoy City. Today, it is one of the nation's largest cable companies.
Schuylkill County is served by many varied information sources including local and regional newspapers, magazines, as well as local, regional and national radio services. All of the major television networks have a presence in the region. When John Walsonovich was selling television sets in Mahanoy City and the mountainous terrain made it difficult to receive television signals from the closest stations (Philadelphia was the nearest signal back in 1948), Walsonovich erected a television antenna on a strip pit coal bank. The television signal was captured and distributed by Walsonovich to sections of Mahanoy City. He founded Service Electric Cable Television, which is now one of the largest cable television service companies in America. In addition to Service Electric Cable, other providers serving the county include Comcast Cable and Wire Teleview Corp.
Schuylkill County is also served through internet technology, with a large number of internet service providers being based in the county including: Comcast, Losch Internet Services, PenTeleData, Schuyl,Inc. and Tri-Valley Technical Services.
Schuylkill County is served varied information through local and regional newspapers, magazines and local, regional and national radio stations. Schuylkill County is served this information by the Republican-Herald, South Schuylkill News, Penn's Peak Radio.com and Panorama Magazine.