Broadband Internet in North Carolina

Internet Access in North Carolina

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Coverage by County

89.5%
46.8%

118.1

18th

Broadband Speeds

94.0%

of North Carolinians have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

41.4%

of North Carolinians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

98.9%

of North Carolinians have access to wireline service

41.3%

of North Carolinians have access to fiber-optic service

91.3%

of North Carolinians have access to cable service

92.7%

of North Carolinians have access to DSL service

Coverage by County in North Carolina

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Alamance 98.8%
Alexander 87.2%
Alleghany 99.2%
Anson 93.6%
Ashe 99.8%
Avery 76.8%
Beaufort 91.6%
Bertie 74.8%
Bladen 75.7%
Brunswick 99.2%
Buncombe 99.1%
Burke 96.8%
Cabarrus 99.7%
Caldwell 97.6%
Camden 96.3%
Carteret 99.9%
Caswell 56.5%
Catawba 98.9%
Chatham 88.5%
Cherokee 79.4%
Chowan 84.5%
Clay 71.9%
Cleveland 95.4%
Columbus 88.5%
Craven 92.5%
Cumberland 99.7%
Currituck 98.8%
Dare 99.5%
Davidson 99.8%
Davie 99.4%
Duplin 67.6%
Durham 99.2%
Edgecombe 88.8%
Forsyth 100.0%
Franklin 89.5%
Gaston 100.0%
Gates 61.1%
Graham 49.1%
Granville 88.7%
Greene 63.7%
Guilford 99.9%
Halifax 86.1%
Harnett 96.7%
Haywood 93.3%
Henderson 93.8%
Hertford 84.1%
Hoke 95.1%
Hyde 26.8%
Iredell 98.5%
Jackson 44.0%
Johnston 95.8%
Jones 68.6%
Lee 99.3%
Lenoir 86.7%
Lincoln 99.2%
McDowell 76.9%
Macon 60.6%
Madison 79.1%
Martin 75.8%
Mecklenburg 100.0%
Mitchell 97.8%
Montgomery 65.9%
Moore 93.2%
Nash 91.3%
New Hanover 99.9%
Northampton 80.4%
Onslow 99.0%
Orange 95.4%
Pamlico 90.6%
Pasquotank 99.9%
Pender 79.9%
Perquimans 87.6%
Person 87.9%
Pitt 93.0%
Polk 87.9%
Randolph 97.8%
Richmond 94.0%
Robeson 85.2%
Rockingham 97.8%
Rowan 98.3%
Rutherford 83.2%
Sampson 74.3%
Scotland 91.0%
Stanly 98.8%
Stokes 97.7%
Surry 99.0%
Swain 46.5%
Transylvania 90.1%
Tyrrell 57.8%
Union 99.2%
Vance 96.6%
Wake 99.9%
Warren 72.9%
Washington 85.8%
Watauga 99.0%
Wayne 96.8%
Wilkes 99.3%
Wilson 98.5%
Yadkin 99.3%
Yancey 98.6%

Internet Speed in Top North Carolina Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Charlotte 161.3 MBPS 31 Providers
2. Raleigh 192.7 MBPS 20 Providers
3. Greensboro 131.7 MBPS 18 Providers
4. Durham 184.7 MBPS 19 Providers
5. Winston Salem 156.1 MBPS 19 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in North Carolina

Provider Avg. download speed
AT&T Internet 217.1 MBPS
Spectrum 147.4 MBPS
Windstream 124.7 MBPS
CenturyLink 97.2 MBPS
Frontier Communications 8.3 MBPS

The State of Broadband in North Carolina, 2021

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 6/7/2021.

North Carolina holds the title of 18th-best state when it comes to broadband access ranking in the USA. Currently, 33.1% of North Carolinians have access to fiber-optic internet service, which is significantly ahead of the national average of 25% of American consumers with access to the same. The average statewide download speed hovers at 115.5 Mbps, which is similar to download speeds in Michigan, Nevada, and Alabama.

The Digital Divide in North Carolina

Two main factors play into measuring the digital divide in North Carolina: availability and affordability.

As for affordability, 95.2% of North Carolinians currently have access to a wired connection with speeds of 25 Mbps or higher. Still, 394,000 of North Carolina’s residents are left without a broadband connection capable of the same speeds, and another 118,000 people do not have access to a wired connection at all at their place of residence. Additionally, while 173 internet providers operate in North Carolina, 816,000 people have access to only one provider, making it impossible to switch if they are unsatisfied with the provider.

As for the cost of internet in North Carolina, affordability data reveals that 46.8% of the state’s population has access to what is considered a low-priced internet plan (costing equal to or less than $60 per month). This percentage is behind the national average of 51.5% of American consumers with access to a low-priced plan.

Best-Connected Cities

Overall, North Carolina’s residents are relatively well-connected. However, some cities’ broadband connection is better than others when it comes to speed, coverage, and pricing. The top five best-connected cities in North Carolina are Cary, Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, and Winston Salem, with Cary ranking first in the state.

Worst-Connected Cities

On the flip side, the cities with the worst broadband availability in North Carolina are Little Switzerland, Linville Falls, Balsam, Maury, and Hamilton, with Little Switzerland ranking lowest in the state.

Read up on how North Carolina’s internet stacks up against other states throughout the country.

Governmental Initiatives

Since 2010, over $6.6 million in federal grants has been awarded to the North Carolina Department of Commerce to put toward gathering broadband data and funding development. An additional $120,685,297 in federal grant funds have been directed toward expanding broadband infrastructure within North Carolina.

Currently, thea Connecting North Carolina: State Broadband Plan is operating with the goal “for every North Carolinian to have affordable access to broadband service—wireline or wireless—if they so choose, by June 2021”.

The information above is taken from a mix of public and private datasets. More about our data here.

Sources: Data collected via the FCC, NTIA, and other sources. For a full list of data sources please visit our data page.

North Carolina Cities

Average speed over time
Aberdeen 98.7%
8 providers
Advance 100.0%
10 providers
Ahoskie 89.7%
8 providers
Albemarle 99.9%
8 providers
Angier 96.6%
11 providers
Apex 99.6%
13 providers
Arden 100.0%
13 providers
Asheboro 99.7%
13 providers
Asheville 100.0%
16 providers
Ayden 68.9%
8 providers
Beaufort 99.9%
7 providers
Belmont 100.0%
13 providers
Benson 89.9%
9 providers
Bessemer City 100.0%
9 providers
Black Mountain 94.4%
11 providers
Boone 99.8%
13 providers
Brevard 95.5%
9 providers
Browns Summit 99.6%
11 providers
Burgaw 69.7%
9 providers
Burlington 98.0%
15 providers
Burnsville 98.8%
11 providers
Butner 100.0%
7 providers
Cameron 95.5%
10 providers
Camp Lejeune 95.9%
9 providers
Candler 99.9%
10 providers
Canton 96.4%
10 providers
Carrboro 100.0%
11 providers
Carthage 85.5%
9 providers
Cary 100.0%
20 providers
Chapel Hill 99.7%
16 providers
Charlotte 100.0%
31 providers
Cherryville 100.0%
9 providers
China Grove 99.8%
10 providers
Claremont 99.4%
12 providers
Clayton 99.9%
12 providers
Clemmons 100.0%
13 providers
Clinton 75.1%
9 providers
Clyde 80.8%
9 providers
Concord 99.9%
12 providers
Connellys Springs 96.2%
11 providers
Conover 99.8%
11 providers
Cornelius 99.4%
15 providers
Creedmoor 93.6%
12 providers
Cullowhee 64.8%
7 providers
Dallas 99.9%
10 providers
Davidson 99.3%
13 providers
Denver 100.0%
11 providers
Dudley 100.0%
9 providers
Dunn 89.9%
10 providers
Durham 99.9%
19 providers
Eden 99.7%
10 providers
Edenton 92.1%
9 providers
Elizabeth City 99.9%
11 providers
Elizabethtown 92.5%
7 providers
Elkin 100.0%
13 providers
Elon 92.0%
11 providers
Fairmont 48.0%
7 providers
Fayetteville 99.7%
14 providers
Fletcher 99.8%
11 providers
Forest City 96.9%
12 providers
Fort Bragg 100.0%
8 providers
Four Oaks 77.9%
10 providers
Franklin 64.7%
10 providers
Franklinton 95.4%
8 providers
Fuquay Varina 99.0%
9 providers
Garner 100.0%
13 providers
Gastonia 100.0%
14 providers
Gibsonville 98.3%
10 providers
Goldsboro 99.9%
13 providers
Graham 99.9%
12 providers
Granite Falls 99.3%
11 providers
Greensboro 100.0%
18 providers
Greenville 96.9%
13 providers
Hamlet 98.1%
11 providers
Hampstead 99.2%
9 providers
Harrisburg 100.0%
11 providers
Havelock 99.8%
10 providers
Henderson 96.9%
12 providers
Hendersonville 92.7%
12 providers
Hertford 92.3%
11 providers
Hickory 99.5%
13 providers
High Point 100.0%
13 providers
Hillsborough 97.6%
13 providers
Holly Springs 98.6%
13 providers
Hope Mills 100.0%
9 providers
Hubert 100.0%
7 providers
Hudson 99.8%
13 providers
Huntersville 100.0%
15 providers
Indian Trail 100.0%
13 providers
Jacksonville 100.0%
11 providers
Jamestown 100.0%
11 providers
Kannapolis 100.0%
9 providers
Kernersville 99.9%
14 providers
Kill Devil Hills 99.9%
8 providers
King 99.9%
11 providers
Kings Mountain 99.8%
11 providers
Kinston 91.1%
10 providers
Knightdale 99.9%
11 providers
La Grange 80.5%
10 providers
Laurinburg 93.8%
10 providers
Leicester 89.6%
9 providers
Leland 98.6%
12 providers
Lenoir 96.9%
12 providers
Lewisville 100.0%
10 providers
Lexington 100.0%
12 providers
Liberty 91.3%
10 providers
Lillington 95.0%
9 providers
Lincolnton 99.8%
11 providers
Louisburg 85.3%
7 providers
Lumberton 95.0%
10 providers
Madison 99.3%
10 providers
Maiden 99.4%
9 providers
Marion 85.2%
12 providers
Marshall 84.6%
10 providers
Marshville 98.3%
10 providers
Matthews 100.0%
13 providers
Maxton 67.9%
10 providers
Mebane 94.4%
14 providers
Mocksville 99.2%
8 providers
Monroe 98.5%
12 providers
Mooresville 100.0%
14 providers
Morehead City 100.0%
11 providers
Morganton 97.4%
12 providers
Morrisville 100.0%
17 providers
Mount Airy 99.6%
10 providers
Mount Holly 100.0%
11 providers
Mount Olive 56.0%
11 providers
Moyock 97.7%
8 providers
Murphy 75.5%
12 providers
Nashville 84.8%
12 providers
New Bern 97.0%
12 providers
Newport 100.0%
7 providers
Newton 98.8%
12 providers
North Wilkesboro 99.7%
9 providers
Oxford 80.1%
8 providers
Pembroke 98.6%
10 providers
Pfafftown 100.0%
8 providers
Pikeville 98.6%
10 providers
Pinehurst 100.0%
8 providers
Pittsboro 91.1%
9 providers
Raeford 96.7%
8 providers
Raleigh 100.0%
20 providers
Randleman 98.3%
12 providers
Red Springs 93.5%
9 providers
Reidsville 91.9%
11 providers
Richlands 96.1%
7 providers
Roanoke Rapids 99.3%
10 providers
Rockingham 97.8%
11 providers
Rockwell 99.4%
10 providers
Rocky Mount 96.9%
11 providers
Rocky Point 89.5%
7 providers
Roxboro 94.2%
11 providers
Rutherfordton 81.0%
12 providers
Saint Pauls 96.3%
8 providers
Salisbury 100.0%
14 providers
Sanford 98.9%
12 providers
Selma 98.9%
11 providers
Shallotte 100.0%
8 providers
Shelby 98.2%
13 providers
Siler City 88.0%
9 providers
Smithfield 99.5%
11 providers
Snow Hill 70.2%
7 providers
Southern Pines 99.3%
9 providers
Southport 100.0%
8 providers
Spring Lake 99.9%
11 providers
Spruce Pine 96.9%
14 providers
Stanley 100.0%
10 providers
Statesville 97.3%
14 providers
Summerfield 100.0%
10 providers
Supply 100.0%
8 providers
Swannanoa 99.7%
11 providers
Swansboro 100.0%
9 providers
Sylva 51.8%
10 providers
Tabor City 92.4%
9 providers
Tarboro 92.0%
10 providers
Taylorsville 91.0%
10 providers
Thomasville 99.7%
10 providers
Trinity 97.7%
9 providers
Vale 92.7%
12 providers
Wadesboro 96.1%
9 providers
Wake Forest 99.5%
12 providers
Wallace 85.1%
9 providers
Walnut Cove 100.0%
8 providers
Washington 95.8%
9 providers
Waxhaw 99.4%
12 providers
Waynesville 95.4%
10 providers
Weaverville 99.6%
14 providers
Wendell 99.7%
11 providers
Whiteville 98.3%
10 providers
Wilkesboro 100.0%
10 providers
Williamston 87.0%
9 providers
Willow Spring 99.0%
10 providers
Wilmington 99.9%
15 providers
Wilson 99.6%
14 providers
Windsor 75.4%
7 providers
Winston Salem 100.0%
19 providers
Winterville 98.8%
9 providers
Yadkinville 99.5%
10 providers
Youngsville 99.6%
10 providers
Zebulon 98.5%
11 providers