Internet Providers in Durham, NC

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Residential Internet Statistics for Durham, NC
Internet Providers: 19
Internet Plans: 14
Fastest Speed Available: 2,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $58.78

Internet Access in Durham, North Carolina

Broadband Infrastructure in Durham is comparatively strong, resulting in a download average 41.05% higher than the North Carolina average and wide access to each major internet technology including fiber, cable, and DSL.

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 395 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 (formerly Exede) 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

7,000 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
Google Fiber 2,000 Mbps Fiber 4s
Spectrum 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
AT&T Fiber 940 Mbps Fiber 8s
AT&T Internet 100 Mbps IPBB 1m 21s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
Windstream 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s
Frontier Communications 115 Mbps DSL 1m 11s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Durham, North Carolina

  • Spectrum - Cable - 99.8% Availability in Durham - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Frontier - DSL - 94.3% Availability in Durham - Speeds up to 115 Mbps
  • AT&T Internet - IPBB - 1.4% Availability in Durham - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • AT&T Fiber - Fiber - 54.6% Availability in Durham - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Google Fiber - Fiber - 6.1% Availability in Durham - Speeds up to 2,000 Mbps
  • Windstream - DSL - 5.4% Availability in Durham - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Durham - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Durham - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Durham

Durham Internet Competition Map. Click for interactive map.
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Durham is the 22nd most connected city in North Carolina ahead of Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Carrboro, and Butner, but behind Morrisville.

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 Durham 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: 58% of people living in Durham 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 97% of Durham 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, 27704 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Durham.

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

In Durham County, approximately 2,000 people do not have access to 25 Mbps wired broadband.

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 140.15 Mbps, according to speed test data in the Duke University zip code. Speeds surrounding North Carolina Central University average out to 158.14 Mbps over 25,383 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.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Durham

Provider Type Coverage Speed
Spectrum Cable 99.8%+ 1,000 Mbps
Frontier Communications DSL 94.3%+ 115 Mbps
AT&T Internet IPBB 1.4%+ 100 Mbps
AT&T Fiber Fiber 54.6%+ 940 Mbps
Google Fiber Fiber 6.1%+ 2,000 Mbps
Windstream DSL 5.4%+ 100 Mbps
Open Broadband Fixed Wireless 1.0%+ 25 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Spectrum Business Cable 99.9%+ 940 Mbps
AT&T Fiber 47.5%+ 940 Mbps
Frontier Business DSL 93.0%+ 115 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Fiber 15.9%+ 1,000 Mbps
Spectrum Business Fiber 19.8%+ 940 Mbps
Google Fiber Fiber 19.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 17.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
Crown Castle Fiber Fiber 4.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
Windstream Fiber 2.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
GTT Communications Copper 2.0%+ 6 Mbps
MCNC Fiber 0.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
Fusion Connect Copper 0.3%+ 100 Mbps

Compare Durham to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Durham 139.5 Mbps 11 $0.42 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +275.9 Mbps ) 14 ( +3 ) $0.54 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( -20.6 Mbps ) 18 ( +7 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( -23.3 Mbps ) 15 ( +4 ) $0.38 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( -12.1 Mbps ) 21 ( +10 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( -11.9 Mbps ) 8 ( -3 ) $0.33 ( $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.