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Broadband Internet in North Carolina

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Internet Access in North Carolina

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Coverage by County

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89.5%
89.5% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
46.8%
46.8% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

59.8

18th

Broadband Speeds

93.8%

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

34.6%

of North Carolinians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

98.8%

of North Carolinians have access to wireline service.

33.1%

of North Carolinians have access to fiber-optic service.

91.9%

of North Carolinians have access to cable service.

93.3%

of North Carolinians have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in North Carolina

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Alamance 99.3%
Alexander 89.8%
Alleghany 94.9%
Anson 86.5%
Ashe 93.2%
Avery 77.6%
Beaufort 88.9%
Bertie 81.5%
Bladen 73.1%
Brunswick 94.2%
Buncombe 99.5%
Burke 97.6%
Cabarrus 99.6%
Caldwell 98.0%
Camden 98.0%
Carteret 99.9%
Caswell 64.2%
Catawba 99.4%
Chatham 82.7%
Cherokee 73.9%
Chowan 91.6%
Clay 61.6%
Cleveland 96.1%
Columbus 82.6%
Craven 94.8%
Cumberland 99.6%
Currituck 98.6%
Dare 99.5%
Davidson 99.6%
Davie 99.4%
Duplin 66.1%
Durham 99.2%
Edgecombe 88.6%
Forsyth 100.0%
Franklin 87.8%
Gaston 99.9%
Gates 61.7%
Graham 52.9%
Granville 86.9%
Greene 37.1%
Guilford 99.9%
Halifax 85.2%
Harnett 96.1%
Haywood 92.2%
Henderson 97.2%
Hertford 81.4%
Hoke 91.0%
Hyde 22.8%
Iredell 98.5%
Jackson 35.5%
Johnston 95.2%
Jones 59.4%
Lee 97.0%
Lenoir 89.2%
Lincoln 99.5%
McDowell 77.8%
Macon 58.0%
Madison 52.3%
Martin 81.2%
Mecklenburg 100.0%
Mitchell 90.2%
Montgomery 59.5%
Moore 90.8%
Nash 93.5%
New Hanover 99.9%
Northampton 84.0%
Onslow 99.0%
Orange 95.7%
Pamlico 87.0%
Pasquotank 99.9%
Pender 79.7%
Perquimans 93.5%
Person 87.2%
Pitt 96.3%
Polk 74.0%
Randolph 98.0%
Richmond 94.1%
Robeson 86.2%
Rockingham 98.6%
Rowan 99.0%
Rutherford 83.0%
Sampson 63.0%
Scotland 90.4%
Stanly 98.1%
Stokes 96.7%
Surry 98.5%
Swain 47.2%
Transylvania 83.9%
Tyrrell 85.7%
Union 98.8%
Vance 96.5%
Wake 99.9%
Warren 70.7%
Washington 93.3%
Watauga 98.4%
Wayne 97.1%
Wilkes 99.3%
Wilson 98.3%
Yadkin 99.3%
Yancey 91.2%

Internet Speed in Top North Carolina Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Charlotte 90.3 MBPS 34 Providers
2. Raleigh 106.2 MBPS 22 Providers
3. Greensboro 85.1 MBPS 19 Providers
4. Durham 97.8 MBPS 20 Providers
5. Winston Salem 93.2 MBPS 17 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in North Carolina

Provider Avg. Download Speed
AT&T Internet 124.6 MBPS
Charter Spectrum 87.5 MBPS
Windstream 52.5 MBPS
CenturyLink 36.8 MBPS
Frontier Communications 8.1 MBPS

The State of Broadband in North Carolina, 2020

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 6/19/2020.

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 here.

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 97.0% 10 providers
Advance 100.0% 12 providers
Ahoskie 92.1% 9 providers
Albemarle 99.7% 8 providers
Angier 95.6% 10 providers
Apex 99.6% 15 providers
Arden 100.0% 14 providers
Asheboro 99.5% 12 providers
Asheville 100.0% 17 providers
Ayden 82.3% 8 providers
Beaufort 99.9% 7 providers
Belmont 100.0% 14 providers
Benson 86.1% 10 providers
Bessemer City 100.0% 11 providers
Black Mountain 95.3% 12 providers
Boone 99.7% 12 providers
Brevard 95.0% 9 providers
Browns Summit 99.6% 13 providers
Burgaw 69.7% 9 providers
Burlington 98.9% 17 providers
Burnsville 91.3% 10 providers
Butner 100.0% 7 providers
Cameron 92.7% 10 providers
Camp Lejeune 95.9% 8 providers
Candler 99.9% 11 providers
Canton 85.0% 11 providers
Carrboro 100.0% 14 providers
Carthage 83.4% 9 providers
Cary 100.0% 19 providers
Chapel Hill 100.0% 20 providers
Charlotte 100.0% 34 providers
Cherryville 100.0% 10 providers
China Grove 99.8% 12 providers
Claremont 99.5% 12 providers
Clayton 99.8% 14 providers
Clemmons 100.0% 14 providers
Clinton 64.3% 8 providers
Clyde 91.3% 11 providers
Concord 99.9% 14 providers
Connellys Springs 98.1% 12 providers
Conover 99.9% 13 providers
Cornelius 100.0% 14 providers
Creedmoor 93.6% 13 providers
Cullowhee 58.9% 7 providers
Dallas 99.4% 12 providers
Davidson 100.0% 15 providers
Denver 100.0% 12 providers
Dudley 100.0% 9 providers
Dunn 85.8% 9 providers
Durham 99.8% 20 providers
Eden 99.0% 12 providers
Edenton 98.1% 8 providers
Elizabeth City 99.9% 13 providers
Elizabethtown 92.3% 7 providers
Elkin 100.0% 13 providers
Elon 97.0% 13 providers
Fairmont 48.0% 9 providers
Fayetteville 99.7% 16 providers
Fletcher 99.7% 12 providers
Forest City 96.4% 12 providers
Fort Bragg 100.0% 10 providers
Four Oaks 74.9% 11 providers
Franklin 63.8% 9 providers
Franklinton 94.5% 9 providers
Fuquay Varina 99.0% 12 providers
Garner 100.0% 16 providers
Gastonia 100.0% 16 providers
Gibsonville 100.0% 12 providers
Goldsboro 100.0% 13 providers
Graham 99.9% 13 providers
Granite Falls 99.2% 12 providers
Greensboro 100.0% 19 providers
Greenville 99.2% 12 providers
Hamlet 98.1% 11 providers
Hampstead 99.1% 10 providers
Harrisburg 100.0% 12 providers
Havelock 99.8% 10 providers
Henderson 96.6% 12 providers
Hendersonville 98.2% 13 providers
Hertford 96.5% 11 providers
Hickory 99.5% 14 providers
High Point 100.0% 15 providers
Hillsborough 98.0% 15 providers
Holly Springs 99.3% 15 providers
Hope Mills 100.0% 10 providers
Hubert 100.0% 7 providers
Hudson 99.8% 14 providers
Huntersville 100.0% 16 providers
Indian Trail 100.0% 15 providers
Jacksonville 100.0% 11 providers
Jamestown 100.0% 13 providers
Kannapolis 100.0% 10 providers
Kernersville 100.0% 16 providers
Kill Devil Hills 99.9% 9 providers
King 99.7% 12 providers
Kings Mountain 99.8% 11 providers
Kinston 96.3% 9 providers
Knightdale 100.0% 13 providers
La Grange 85.0% 11 providers
Laurinburg 93.8% 11 providers
Leicester 96.6% 11 providers
Leland 98.5% 12 providers
Lenoir 97.7% 13 providers
Lewisville 100.0% 12 providers
Lexington 100.0% 13 providers
Liberty 93.4% 11 providers
Lillington 95.1% 9 providers
Lincolnton 99.8% 11 providers
Louisburg 83.3% 7 providers
Lumberton 94.8% 11 providers
Madison 98.1% 10 providers
Maiden 99.9% 10 providers
Marion 85.2% 12 providers
Marshall 62.7% 12 providers
Marshville 93.5% 10 providers
Matthews 100.0% 13 providers
Maxton 75.7% 11 providers
Mebane 95.2% 15 providers
Mocksville 99.2% 9 providers
Monroe 98.5% 14 providers
Mooresville 100.0% 15 providers
Morehead City 100.0% 11 providers
Morganton 98.0% 13 providers
Morrisville 100.0% 19 providers
Mount Airy 99.0% 11 providers
Mount Holly 100.0% 12 providers
Mount Olive 60.0% 12 providers
Moyock 98.6% 8 providers
Murphy 70.2% 10 providers
Nashville 87.1% 11 providers
New Bern 99.0% 11 providers
Newport 100.0% 7 providers
Newton 99.9% 15 providers
North Wilkesboro 99.7% 8 providers
Oxford 79.0% 8 providers
Pembroke 99.7% 11 providers
Pfafftown 100.0% 9 providers
Pikeville 98.8% 11 providers
Pinehurst 100.0% 9 providers
Pittsboro 85.0% 12 providers
Raeford 95.3% 9 providers
Raleigh 100.0% 22 providers
Randleman 99.3% 14 providers
Red Springs 84.9% 9 providers
Reidsville 96.3% 12 providers
Richlands 96.0% 7 providers
Roanoke Rapids 98.5% 8 providers
Rockingham 98.0% 11 providers
Rockwell 99.4% 10 providers
Rocky Mount 99.3% 12 providers
Rocky Point 88.8% 9 providers
Roxboro 94.1% 12 providers
Rutherfordton 83.0% 13 providers
Saint Pauls 95.6% 8 providers
Salisbury 100.0% 16 providers
Sanford 96.8% 12 providers
Selma 99.0% 12 providers
Shallotte 100.0% 8 providers
Shelby 98.2% 13 providers
Siler City 79.4% 10 providers
Smithfield 99.1% 11 providers
Snow Hill 35.0% 7 providers
Southern Pines 99.3% 10 providers
Southport 100.0% 10 providers
Spring Lake 99.9% 12 providers
Spruce Pine 91.7% 12 providers
Stanley 100.0% 12 providers
Statesville 97.1% 15 providers
Summerfield 100.0% 12 providers
Supply 95.0% 8 providers
Swannanoa 99.7% 12 providers
Swansboro 100.0% 8 providers
Sylva 42.8% 12 providers
Tabor City 76.4% 9 providers
Tarboro 93.4% 10 providers
Taylorsville 93.1% 11 providers
Thomasville 99.7% 11 providers
Trinity 97.3% 10 providers
Vale 95.9% 13 providers
Wadesboro 94.7% 9 providers
Wake Forest 99.5% 14 providers
Wallace 82.0% 9 providers
Walnut Cove 100.0% 10 providers
Washington 97.8% 8 providers
Waxhaw 99.1% 11 providers
Waynesville 96.5% 11 providers
Weaverville 99.6% 14 providers
Wendell 100.0% 13 providers
Whiteville 93.6% 10 providers
Wilkesboro 100.0% 9 providers
Williamston 89.5% 8 providers
Willow Spring 99.0% 12 providers
Wilmington 99.9% 17 providers
Wilson 99.6% 15 providers
Windsor 82.8% 6 providers
Winston Salem 100.0% 17 providers
Winterville 99.7% 8 providers
Yadkinville 99.5% 12 providers
Youngsville 99.4% 11 providers
Zebulon 99.2% 13 providers
Last Updated on 6/19/2020.