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Internet Providers in Durham, North Carolina
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Internet Access in Durham, North Carolina
Durham features two major broadband network options to understand — cable (practically one hundred percent availability) and DSL (94.32% availability). Cable Internet access is delivered through traditional cable TV providers, using pre-existing coaxial copper television lines mounted on utility poles or buried in the street. DSL is sent via phone lines. Most Durham neighborhoods and street addresses have access to cable service and/or DSL service from two or more providers.
Households in Durham generally have two or more to them. View the map on this page to see how competition shifts around the city.
The plans displayed above are manually collected by our data analysis team. We have aggregated 410 plans in the area around Durham, in total.
Spectrum as well as Frontier Communications also offer coverage in Durham, often competing for the same customers.
Viasat Internet and HughesNet are the strongest providers in Durham as measured by coverage area. As the map below shows, these companies frequently cover the same addresses in most blocks around Durham.
Internet Statistics 2021
2.7% of consumers in Durham6,000 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 Durham, North Carolina
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|Google Fiber||2,000 Mbps||Fiber||4s||6.7%|
|AT&T Internet||940 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber||8s||58.3%|
|EarthLink||1,000 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||78.3%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|Frontier Communications||Call For Speed Availability||DSL||4m 33s||94.3%|
|Windstream||100 Mbps||DSL||1m 21s||4.1%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.
This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.
Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.
This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.
Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.
25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.
Internet Service Access for Education in Durham
Duke University and North Carolina Central University are the biggest universities in Durham. For the 23,543 combined students living in the area, fast internet access is a must for obtaining educational materials and viewing research. Both universities offer 2 internet providers at the average address within two miles of each campus. Duke University students that live around campus can expect to get downstream speeds of around 199.07 Mbps, according to speed test data in the Duke University zip code. Speeds surrounding North Carolina Central University average out to 206.24 Mbps over 12,427 tests run in the past year. FCC and US Government reports regularly cite the need to better broadband access for college and high school attendees.
Data Caps and Video Streaming Around Durham
Data collected by our market research team suggests that top providers currently place a limit on data use on residential Internet plans. Data caps are a public issue because users view caps as a strategy for limiting video streaming, while providers explain they are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage heavy network congestion. In either case, the culprit is streaming video, which easily uses 1–7GB per hour.
Compare Durham to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Durham||184.7 Mbps||11||$0.34 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +349.7 Mbps )||17 ( +6 )||$0.48 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( -35.9 Mbps )||17 ( +6 )||$0.28 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( -24.1 Mbps )||15 ( +4 )||$0.32 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( -15.2 Mbps )||23 ( +12 )||$0.31 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( -22.6 Mbps )||8 ( -3 )||$0.66 ( + $0.00 )|
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Durham
Worst Service Ever
Refuse to upgrade equipment in my area and anytime I complain to them my internet just happens to "stop working" the next day. $45/m for 3mbps down and 0.5 up. Absolute scam and would not recommend to anyone. Only reason they keep customers is because of the monopoly they hold over small towns.