Internet Providers in Charlotte, NC

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Residential Internet Statistics for Charlotte, NC
Internet Providers: 14
Internet Plans: 26
Fastest Speed Available: 2,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $63.65

Internet Access in Charlotte, North Carolina

Broadband Internet competition is above-average in Charlotte in comparison to other North Carolina cities. There is an average of 4.48 providers available in each census block. Charlotte ranks 5th on the "most connected city" charts. (Measured by the number of companies servicing each local address) Only 1.65 percent of Charlotte addresses have one or fewer options so far as Internet services.

Cable and DSL are the main network options around the Charlotte area. They are frequently overlapping and generally competing on service quality. Cable speed tends to be better, but the overall speeds seen with either system are comparable. Charlotte area download speed test results show that the area's infrastructure is above-average. Charlotte is 35.01 percent higher than the state aggregated average so far as download speed.

Coverage from the two biggest providers, Spectrum and Viasat Internet, in most cases, will overlap. As residents might predict, the decision between Spectrum and Viasat is a common one.

HughesNet and AT&T Internet also offer coverage in Charlotte, often competing for the same customers.

Coverage data here comes from FCC provider-reported data, which compels Internet companies in Charlotte to submit coverage data biannually. Leveraging direct agreements with providers, we are able to cross-validate public data against privatized data including lit addresses reported by telecoms. The speed averages shown below are calculated based on real-world speed tests from Charlotte in the M-Labs database, which is integrated with Google as well as BroadbandNow.

  • There are 31 internet providers in Charlotte with 14 of those offering residential service
  • Charlotte is the 5th most connected city in North Carolina ahead of Matthews, Belmont, Harrisburg, and Indian Trail, but behind Pineville.
  • Explore internet access for communities within Charlotte: Mint Hill
  • The fastest zip code in Charlotte for April 2021 is 28203. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021



Charlotte, NC

13,000 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.

This data is calculated from FCC datasets which providers are legally required to supply twice a year. We further validate this data for accuracy.

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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Charlotte, North Carolina

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
EarthLink Fiber 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
Google Fiber 2,000 Mbps Fiber 4s
Windstream 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
Comporium Communications 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
Spectrum 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
AT&T Fiber 940 Mbps Fiber 8s
Windstream 300 Mbps DSL 27s
AT&T Internet 100 Mbps IPBB 1m 21s
EarthLink 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s
Viasat Internet 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
Comporium Communications 25 Mbps DSL 5m 27s
BullsEye Telecom 1.5 Mbps Fiber 1h 31m 1s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Charlotte, North Carolina

  • AT&T Internet - IPBB - 85.8% Availability in Charlotte - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • EarthLink - DSL - 82.3% Availability in Charlotte - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Spectrum - Cable - 100.0% Availability in Charlotte - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • AT&T Fiber - Fiber - 73.6% Availability in Charlotte - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • EarthLink - Fiber - 70.2% Availability in Charlotte - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Windstream - DSL - 14.8% Availability in Charlotte - Speeds up to 300 Mbps
  • Google Fiber - Fiber - 10.1% Availability in Charlotte - Speeds up to 2,000 Mbps
  • Windstream - Fiber - 4.2% Availability in Charlotte - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Comporium - Fiber - 0.4% Availability in Charlotte - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Comporium - DSL - 0.3% Availability in Charlotte - Speeds up to 25 Mbps
  • BullsEye Telecom - Fiber - 0.0% Availability in Charlotte - Speeds up to 1.5 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Charlotte - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Charlotte - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Charlotte

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Charlotte is the 5th most connected city in North Carolina ahead of Matthews, Belmont, Harrisburg, and Indian Trail, but behind Pineville.

The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.

Approximately 300 people in Mecklenburg County don't have access to any wired internet.

This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.

Fiber Availability: 77% of people living in Charlotte have residential fiber service available to them.

Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.

Approximately 98% of Charlotte residents are serviced by multiple wired providers.

This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.

As of this month, 28203 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Charlotte.

Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.

Internet Service Coverage near University Of North Carolina At Charlotte and Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte

Within the 2 mile area around University Of North Carolina At Charlotte, the average home has 2-3 different choices for consumer internet access. The range of internet service choices around Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte is practically the exact same. Both University Of North Carolina At Charlotte and Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte have average download speeds that are appropriate for student use cases such as watching videos, downloading big items, and online gaming. Internet connection test records collected in the same zip where University Of North Carolina At Charlotte is located show an average recorded speed of 105.34 Mbps download, as opposed to 64.83 Mbps within the Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte area. Plans in this range aren't guaranteed to be accessible in every street around campus, and may be unaccessible in apartment complexes. Remember that these averages are calculatedbased on speed analysis', and actual performance will likely be closer to the providers advertised speeds provided here.

Working from Home in Charlotte

There are 26,702 people living in Charlotte who operate from home via telecommuting. Of those working from home, 64.4 percent take home less than $75K per year. Charlotte has a decent amount of Fiber infrastructure, so it's unsurprising that working from home would be common for locals. Fiber is a strong network service good for cloud apps and many other intensive work uses. Among the portion of Charlotte that census records identify as working from home, 64.4 Within the group of Charlotte that census records identify as working from home, 64.4 percent earn less than $75,000 per year. When setting up home WiFi for a home office, it's important to verify the data limitations. Many home Internet plans in Charlotte have data caps, which might impact you negatively if you use a lot of data for work purposes. Business plans can be installed for customers who need more than a residential bundle.

Data Caps in Charlotte

Many Internet service providers have been moving to add "data caps" for residential Internet packages in recent years. Some ISPs in Charlotte, including AT&T Internet, have data caps. Data caps in general fall on a wide range. They typically run anywhere from 250GB up to a Terabyte or more. Most home Internet caps are very high, which means that they don't affect most cord cutters. Fiber plans generally won't feature caps. Check for fiber near you through the zip coverage tool above.

Internet access in Charlotte neighborhoods

We have aggregated data on Internet coverage across the following neighborhoods within Charlotte: Mint Hill.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Charlotte

Provider Type Coverage Speed
AT&T Internet IPBB 85.8%+ 100 Mbps
EarthLink DSL 82.3%+ 100 Mbps
Spectrum Cable 100% 1,000 Mbps
AT&T Fiber Fiber 73.6%+ 940 Mbps
EarthLink Fiber Fiber 70.2%+ 1,000 Mbps
Windstream DSL 14.8%+ 300 Mbps
Open Broadband Fixed Wireless 15.0%+ 1,000 Mbps
Google Fiber Fiber 10.1%+ 2,000 Mbps
Windstream Fiber 4.2%+ 1,000 Mbps
Comporium Communications Fiber 0.4%+ 1,000 Mbps
Comporium Communications DSL 0.3%+ 25 Mbps
BullsEye Telecom Fiber 0.0%+ 1.5 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Spectrum Business Cable 100% 1,000 Mbps
AT&T Fiber 56.4%+ 940 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Fiber 28.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
Spectrum Business Fiber 27.0%+ 940 Mbps
Crown Castle Fiber Fiber 22.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 9.4%+ 1.5 Mbps
Windstream Fiber 8.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
GTT Communications Copper 7.6%+ 8 Mbps
Google Fiber Fiber 7.2%+ 1,000 Mbps
Zayo Fiber 1.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
Comporium Communications Fiber 0.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
Cogent Communications Fiber 1.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
Allstream Fiber 0.7%+ -- Mbps
Fusion Connect Copper 0.5%+ 20 Mbps
TPx Communications Copper 0.4%+ 1.5 Mbps
MCNC Fiber 0.3%+ 1,000 Mbps
Spectrotel Fiber 0.2%+ 10 Mbps
NetFortris Fiber 0.1%+ -- Mbps
Vocal IP Networx Copper 0.1%+ 3.0 Mbps
Georgia Public Web Copper 0.1%+ 1.5 Mbps
SNET Fiber 0.0%+ 12 Mbps
Call One Copper 0.0%+ 1.5 Mbps

Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Charlotte

Better than I thought

I had a few problems with Spectrum and the Spectrum app that I was using to make payments on as I wasn’t too happy with the misinformation it was giving me. I was on the phone twice, and this second time really cleared up everything I was worried about. Her name was Avion (hopefully I was close on spelling) and she was more than happy to answer every question I had. She was very sweet and she was very informative on everything about Spectrum so that I didn’t have anymore questions to ask. She did a great job!


I have been with Spectrum under TWC and until now, I am still satisfied. My service is great!

Thank you

I gave 5 stars to the tech from Matthews Spectrum store. I would like to give only one star to online Spectrum customer support. I don’t have service with Spectrum but unfortunately, my 83-year-old mom has. I kept calling Spectrum customer service to solve the problem my mom had and customer service representatives kept transferring me from one department to another. Yesterday, I decided to stop at Matthews Spectrum store and asked personally the same question I had for weeks. Tech paid attention to what I was talking about. He listened! Problem was solved in 5 minutes but on the phone, I spent hours! I greatly appreciate your help. Spectrum, you need to hire more people like him.

Great Customer Service

Today I contacted Spectrum customer service pertaining my cable billing. I was later transferred to a supervisor and she worked with me for over an hour to ensure I understood my bill. Eventhough I seemed a little aggravated at times, her professionalism never changed. She went above and beyond to ensure I understood my bill and not once did she show any signs of a negative attitude. The kind of professionalism I received from this agent is a lost art in today's world. I can go on and on about her, but I'm going to leave it as associate like her is hard to find. Thanks again.

Frequently Asked Questions About Internet in Charlotte, North Carolina

  • What is the cheapest Internet service in Charlotte?

    The cheapest internet service in Charlotte costs $19.99 per month, from Windstream.

  • What is the fastest Internet in Charlotte?

    Google Fiber has the fastest speeds in Charlotte, with speeds up to 2000 Mbps.

  • How much is Internet in Charlotte?

    Internet service costs $19.99/month for internet-only. Bundle plans with TV and phone start at $102.97/month in Charlotte.