Broadband Internet in North Carolina

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INTERNET ACCESS IN North Carolina

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COVERAGE BY COUNTY

North Carolina Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage by county.
93%
93% BROADBAND COVERAGE
12%
12% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

39.7

15th

BROADBAND SPEEDS

94.2%

of North Carolinians have access to wired broadband 25mbps or faster.

91.2%

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

14.7%

of North Carolinians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

WIRED COVERAGE

98.6%

of North Carolinians have access to wireline service.

22.3%

of North Carolinians have access to fiber-optic service.

91.1%

of North Carolinians have access to cable service.

88.2%

of North Carolinians have access to DSL service.

WIRELESS COVERAGE

99.8%

of North Carolinians have access to mobile broadband service.

11.3%

of North Carolinians have access to fixed wireless service.

Top 5 Fastest cities in North Carolina

CityAvg. Download SpeedNo. of Providers
1.Walnut Cove75.3 MBPS9 Providers
2.Wingate67.9 MBPS9 Providers
3.Midland64.8 MBPS11 Providers
4.Chapel Hill55.4 MBPS21 Providers
5.Lawndale55.3 MBPS9 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in North Carolina

ProviderAvg. Download Speed
Charter Spectrum38.0 MBPS
AT&T Internet27.8 MBPS
Windstream15.7 MBPS
CenturyLink8.1 MBPS
Frontier Communications5.3 MBPS

GOV'T FUNDING

  • Since 2010, NC Broadband has been awarded $6,610,996 in federal grants for North Carolina's Broadband Initiative.
  • Another $120,685,297, accounting for 3.5% of all federal infrastructure grants, was awarded to broadband infrastructure projects in North Carolina.
  • Since 2011, access to a wired connection of at least 10mbps has improved from 93.4% to 96.9% of North Carolinians.

QUICK STATS

  • In total there are 165 internet providers in North Carolina.
  • There are 585,000 people in North Carolina without access to a wired connection capable of 25mbps download speeds.
  • There are 1.1 million people in North Carolina that have access to only one wired provider, leaving them no options to switch.
  • Another 145,000 people in North Carolina don't have any wired internet providers available where they live.

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
Apex96.4%15 providers
Asheboro99.3%13 providers
Asheville99.8%17 providers
Boone98.6%11 providers
Burlington97.6%17 providers
Cary100.0%20 providers
Chapel Hill98.2%21 providers
Charlotte100.0%32 providers
Clayton99.8%12 providers
Concord99.9%13 providers
Durham99.6%17 providers
Elizabeth City99.9%12 providers
Fayetteville99.6%15 providers
Fuquay Varina98.8%11 providers
Garner100.0%16 providers
Gastonia100.0%16 providers
Goldsboro99.6%12 providers
Greensboro99.3%22 providers
Greenville98.3%13 providers
Henderson95.9%12 providers
Hendersonville86.7%13 providers
Hickory99.0%14 providers
High Point100.0%14 providers
Hope Mills100.0%9 providers
Huntersville100.0%16 providers
Indian Trail100.0%14 providers
Jacksonville99.7%12 providers
Kannapolis100.0%10 providers
Kernersville99.9%15 providers
Kinston94.5%9 providers
Lenoir96.6%11 providers
Lexington90.8%12 providers
Lincolnton97.3%9 providers
Lumberton94.6%11 providers
Marion84.6%11 providers
Matthews99.4%13 providers
Monroe98.3%15 providers
Mooresville100.0%14 providers
Morganton96.7%11 providers
Mount Airy98.8%10 providers
New Bern97.9%11 providers
Raeford93.0%9 providers
Raleigh99.9%20 providers
Reidsville91.4%11 providers
Rocky Mount98.2%13 providers
Salisbury99.9%15 providers
Sanford96.0%12 providers
Shelby98.0%14 providers
Statesville95.8%16 providers
Thomasville99.6%11 providers
Wake Forest99.5%15 providers
Waxhaw99.0%11 providers
Wilmington99.8%13 providers
Wilson99.6%15 providers
Winston Salem100.0%20 providers
Last Updated on 11/30/2017.

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