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Internet Service Providers in North Carolina

North Carolina Internet Coverage & Availability in 2024

North Carolina Internet Facts in 2024

  • North Carolina currently ranks 29th among states in BroadbandNow’s annual rankings of internet coverage, speed and availability.

  • This means that roughly one in ten North Carolina residents are not able to purchase an internet plan of at least 25Mbps download and 3Mbps upload.

  • This means that nearly eight in ten residents are not able to purchase broadband at a price of $60/month or less (excluding promotions and government programs).

  • This means that five in ten residents are unable to purchase a fiber internet plan.

  • The U.S. has more than 2,934 internet service providers, with most covering very small areas. It is worth searching by zip code to see who is available in your town.

At BroadbandNow, we advocate for a definition of broadband internet to be at least 100Mbps, as opposed to the FCC definition of 25Mbps, which would be considered slow for many internet-intensive activities.

North Carolina ranks 16th among all states with 94.4% of people having access to 100Mbps broadband.

In fact, the five counties with the highest rates of residents with access to broadband speeds of at least 100mbps are in metro areas, including Jefferson (99 percent) and Shelby (97 percent) counties, which are both in the Birmingham metro area. Counties in the Huntsville, Montgomery, and Auburn areas round out the top five. On the other hand, Perry County, the state’s least populous, also has the lowest rate of access to high-speed broadband.

Internet Availability by County

North Carolina ranks 45th among all states with 42.8% of people have access to 1G broadband.

Internet Coverage by Demographic in North Carolina

Individuals or households with no internet access by characteristic (includes broadband and non-broadband packages)

Percentage of households with and without any type of internet access

  • With: 85%
  • Without: 15%

Type of internet connection

  • Dialup only: <1%
  • Broadband of any type: 85%
  • Cellular data only: 11%
  • Satellite: 6%

Individuals or households with no internet access by characteristic

  • <18: 7%
  • 18-64: 7%
  • 65+ adults: 8%

  • <$20,000: 37%
  • $20,000-$74,999: 16%
  • $75,000+: 4%

  • Black: 9%
  • Native American/Alaska Native: 13%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Mixed race: 5%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 11%
  • White: 6%

  • Employed: 6%
  • Unemployed: 8%

  • Less than high school: 13%
  • Some college or associate degree: 8%
  • Bachelor’s degree: 3%
Provider Avg. Download Speed Connection Availability Rating
Spectrum 1000 MBPS Cable 71.0% 3.4 View Plans
T-Mobile 5G Home Internet 100 MBPS Fixed Wireless 39.3% 3.1 View Plans
Always ON 25 MBPS Fixed Wireless 39.3% View Plans
U.S. Cellular 25 MBPS Fixed Wireless 20.6% View Plans
AT&T Fiber 5000 MBPS Fiber 19.1% View Plans
AT&T Internet 100 MBPS DSL, Fixed Wireless 17.2% 3.4 View Plans
Verizon 5G Home Internet 1000 MBPS Fixed Wireless 14.0% View Plans
Windstream 2000 MBPS DSL, Fiber, Cable 7.7% 3.0 View Plans
Carolina West Wireless 25 MBPS Fixed Wireless 7.3% 3.2 View Plans
Brightspeed 940 MBPS DSL, Fiber 6.3% View Plans
Skyrunner 1000 MBPS Fixed Wireless, Fiber 5.9% 4.5 View Plans
Optimum 940 MBPS Cable 4.7% 3.2 View Plans
Google Fiber 2000 MBPS Fiber 4.5% 3.3 View Plans
Wilkes and RiverStreet 25 MBPS Fixed Wireless 2.6% View Plans
Lumos 2500 MBPS Fiber, DSL 2.4% View Plans
Frontier 5000 MBPS DSL, Fiber 2.3% 3.3 View Plans
FOCUS Broadband 2000 MBPS Fiber, Cable 1.2% 4.4 View Plans
Metronet 1024 MBPS Fiber 1.1% 3.7 View Plans
Skybest Communications 1000 MBPS Fiber, DSL 1.1% 2.9 View Plans
Mediacom 1000 MBPS Cable 0.9% 2.7 View Plans
Vyve Broadband 1000 MBPS Cable, Fiber 0.8% 3.4 View Plans
Zirrus 6000 MBPS Fiber, DSL 0.8% 4.2 View Plans
Wilkes and RiverStreet 1000 MBPS Fiber 0.8% View Plans
Ting 1000 MBPS Fiber 0.7% 4.7 View Plans
TDS Telecom 1000 MBPS Cable 0.7% View Plans
Randolph Telephone Membership Corporation 1000 MBPS Fiber, DSL 0.6% View Plans
Star Communications 1000 MBPS Fiber, DSL 0.6% View Plans
Greenlight 1000 MBPS Fiber 0.6% View Plans
Zito Media 1000 MBPS Cable, Fiber 0.6% 2.4 View Plans
Piedmont Communications 10 MBPS DSL 0.4% View Plans
Roanoke Connect 1000 MBPS Fiber 0.4% View Plans
Surry Telephone Membership Corporation 1000 MBPS Fiber 0.4% 1.5 View Plans
Open Fiber 1000 MBPS Fiber 0.4% View Plans
Fastlink Communications 50 MBPS Fixed Wireless 0.3% 1.0 View Plans
Comporium Communications 1000 MBPS Cable, DSL, Fiber 0.3% 2.6 View Plans
Hotwire Communications 2000 MBPS Fiber 0.3% 1.0 View Plans
French Broad Fiber 1000 MBPS Fiber 0.3% 4.0 View Plans
Blue Ridge Mountain EMC 1000 MBPS Fiber 0.2% 1.0 View Plans
TDS Telecom 8000 MBPS Fiber 0.2% View Plans
Piedmont Communications 1000 MBPS Cable, Fiber 0.2% View Plans
The Cable Company 100 MBPS Cable 0.2% 1.0 View Plans
X1 Communications 100 MBPS Fixed Wireless 0.1% View Plans
NfinityLink Communications, Inc. 10000 MBPS Fiber 0.1% View Plans
Pineville Communication Systems 1000 MBPS Fiber 0.1% View Plans
Eastern Carolina Broadband, LLC 60 MBPS Fixed Wireless 0.1% View Plans
Xfinity 1200 MBPS Cable 0.1% 3.5 View Plans
Eastern Shore Communications 100 MBPS Fixed Wireless 0.0% 1.0 View Plans
Roanoke Connect 100 MBPS Fixed Wireless 0.0% 1.0 View Plans
BalsamWest FiberNET 10 MBPS Fixed Wireless 0.0% View Plans
Wilkes and RiverStreet 25 MBPS Cable 0.0% View Plans

Internet Providers By City in North Carolina

Aberdeen 96.7% 11 providers
Advance 98.6% 14 providers
Ahoskie 93.7% 11 providers
Albemarle 97.9% 12 providers
Angier 97.6% 15 providers
Apex 98.5% 15 providers
Arden 99.9% 18 providers
Asheboro 97.0% 13 providers
Asheville 97.4% 19 providers
Ayden 77.5% 10 providers
Beaufort 99.1% 10 providers
Belmont 96.6% 13 providers
Benson 90.2% 13 providers
Bessemer City 99.5% 12 providers
Black Mountain 87.9% 15 providers
Boone 84.1% 14 providers
Brevard 91.8% 13 providers
Browns Summit 94.8% 13 providers
Burgaw 66.7% 12 providers
Burlington 96.9% 14 providers
Burnsville 99.2% 15 providers
Calabash 100.0% 11 providers
Cameron 70.1% 14 providers
Camp Lejeune 2.0% 10 providers
Candler 99.9% 15 providers
Canton 97.4% 14 providers
Carrboro 99.8% 15 providers
Carthage 84.4% 12 providers
Cary 99.8% 20 providers
Chapel Hill 90.8% 21 providers
Charlotte 98.6% 30 providers
Cherryville 98.2% 13 providers
China Grove 98.8% 15 providers
Claremont 98.1% 14 providers
Clayton 99.4% 15 providers
Clemmons 99.9% 15 providers
Clinton 84.6% 12 providers
Clyde 81.0% 14 providers
Concord 99.4% 19 providers
Connellys Springs 95.4% 13 providers
Conover 99.7% 15 providers
Cornelius 98.7% 14 providers
Creedmoor 92.1% 12 providers
Cullowhee 57.5% 12 providers
Dallas 99.7% 12 providers
Davidson 91.8% 16 providers
Denver 99.9% 15 providers
Dudley 99.3% 12 providers
Dunn 89.5% 12 providers
Durham 98.0% 22 providers
Eden 99.0% 10 providers
Edenton 95.8% 11 providers
Elizabeth City 94.8% 13 providers
Elkin 96.7% 13 providers
Elon 72.4% 13 providers
Fayetteville 98.6% 18 providers
Fletcher 98.5% 15 providers
Forest City 94.7% 14 providers
Fort Bragg 0.0% 10 providers
Four Oaks 79.6% 13 providers
Franklin 87.8% 15 providers
Franklinton 97.2% 12 providers
Fuquay Varina 99.0% 15 providers
Garner 99.9% 20 providers
Gastonia 99.4% 17 providers
Gibsonville 94.0% 11 providers
Goldsboro 92.8% 14 providers
Graham 99.6% 12 providers
Granite Falls 98.9% 15 providers
Greensboro 96.9% 21 providers
Greenville 94.3% 14 providers
Hamlet 95.5% 12 providers
Hampstead 99.3% 12 providers
Harrisburg 99.5% 13 providers
Havelock 82.3% 12 providers
Henderson 95.1% 12 providers
Hendersonville 95.8% 16 providers
Hertford 95.8% 12 providers
Hickory 98.1% 15 providers
High Point 97.3% 18 providers
Hillsborough 94.3% 15 providers
Holly Ridge 96.2% 10 providers
Holly Springs 99.3% 14 providers
Hope Mills 99.9% 10 providers
Hubert 99.9% 10 providers
Hudson 99.6% 14 providers
Huntersville 99.1% 15 providers
Indian Trail 99.9% 14 providers
Jacksonville 97.3% 12 providers
Jamestown 98.2% 13 providers
Kannapolis 99.7% 14 providers
Kernersville 99.5% 15 providers
Kill Devil Hills 100.0% 10 providers
King 98.4% 13 providers
Kings Mountain 99.4% 12 providers
Kinston 93.2% 12 providers
Knightdale 99.4% 13 providers
La Grange 76.8% 13 providers
Laurinburg 85.4% 14 providers
Leicester 97.6% 14 providers
Leland 94.3% 15 providers
Lenoir 95.9% 15 providers
Lewisville 100.0% 15 providers
Lexington 99.4% 19 providers
Liberty 88.7% 13 providers
Lillington 86.5% 13 providers
Lincolnton 97.7% 13 providers
Louisburg 85.4% 9 providers
Lumberton 89.3% 13 providers
Madison 94.3% 10 providers
Maiden 99.1% 12 providers
Marion 93.3% 15 providers
Marshall 97.8% 15 providers
Marshville 90.2% 12 providers
Matthews 99.2% 19 providers
Maxton 62.3% 14 providers
Mc Leansville 98.7% 12 providers
Mebane 93.8% 14 providers
Mocksville 94.3% 13 providers
Monroe 97.4% 15 providers
Mooresville 99.8% 17 providers
Morehead City 98.4% 11 providers
Morganton 89.0% 15 providers
Morrisville 99.6% 17 providers
Mount Airy 99.0% 13 providers
Mount Holly 99.0% 13 providers
Mount Olive 56.0% 13 providers
Moyock 99.3% 12 providers
Murphy 87.6% 16 providers
Nashville 83.6% 16 providers
New Bern 98.1% 15 providers
Newport 97.9% 10 providers
Newton 98.0% 14 providers
North Wilkesboro 92.9% 9 providers
Oxford 81.8% 13 providers
Pembroke 81.2% 13 providers
Pfafftown 99.8% 13 providers
Pikeville 94.9% 12 providers
Pinehurst 100.0% 10 providers
Pineville 99.8% 16 providers
Pittsboro 88.0% 12 providers
Raeford 96.1% 12 providers
Raleigh 96.7% 28 providers
Randleman 95.1% 13 providers
Red Springs 90.2% 13 providers
Reidsville 91.2% 12 providers
Richlands 96.7% 10 providers
Roanoke Rapids 98.3% 11 providers
Rockingham 96.6% 12 providers
Rockwell 96.7% 14 providers
Rocky Mount 98.1% 16 providers
Rocky Point 90.4% 11 providers
Roxboro 92.3% 13 providers
Rutherfordton 77.2% 16 providers
Saint Pauls 88.5% 11 providers
Salisbury 99.1% 18 providers
Sanford 94.2% 14 providers
Selma 98.2% 13 providers
Shallotte 99.8% 11 providers
Shelby 96.6% 15 providers
Siler City 84.8% 11 providers
Smithfield 98.7% 16 providers
Sneads Ferry 99.6% 10 providers
Snow Hill 37.5% 10 providers
Southern Pines 98.3% 11 providers
Southport 99.6% 11 providers
Spring Lake 98.5% 11 providers
Spruce Pine 80.1% 16 providers
Stanley 98.8% 12 providers
Statesville 94.7% 15 providers
Summerfield 99.8% 13 providers
Supply 99.9% 12 providers
Swannanoa 96.9% 14 providers
Swansboro 99.7% 10 providers
Sylva 83.8% 17 providers
Tarboro 92.9% 11 providers
Taylorsville 90.0% 12 providers
Thomasville 99.5% 14 providers
Trinity 97.1% 13 providers
Troutman 99.6% 16 providers
Vale 89.8% 13 providers
Wadesboro 91.8% 11 providers
Wake Forest 99.1% 15 providers
Washington 96.0% 11 providers
Waxhaw 98.9% 13 providers
Waynesville 95.5% 14 providers
Weaverville 99.3% 17 providers
Wendell 99.1% 14 providers
Whiteville 98.1% 12 providers
Whitsett 98.8% 12 providers
Wilkesboro 93.6% 10 providers
Williamston 84.1% 11 providers
Willow Spring 98.5% 14 providers
Wilmington 97.2% 15 providers
Wilson 99.2% 14 providers
Winston Salem 96.8% 20 providers
Winterville 99.7% 13 providers
Yadkinville 94.3% 12 providers
Youngsville 98.6% 14 providers
Zebulon 98.0% 14 providers