Internet Providers in Raleigh, North Carolina

Most Popular Internet Providers in Raleigh, North Carolina:

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  • 1. 1. AT&T Internet
    87.4% Available
    87.4%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    940 Mbps
    Download
    1000 Mbps
    Upload
    Not all internet speeds available in all areas. *See offer details.
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    • Deal
    • Fiber
    • IPBB
    • Internet Plans: 4
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 4
    • Speed Range: 100-940mbps
    • Connection: IPBB and Fiber
    • Installation: Up to $99 installation cost.
    • Price Range: $35 - $129.99
    • Contracts: None - None required
    Deal
    There are 2 active deals on select plans from this provider
  • 2. 2. Spectrum
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    1000 Mbps
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    35 Mbps
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    • Deal
    • Cable
    • Internet Plans: 3
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 6
    • Speed Range: 200-1000mbps
    • Connection: Cable
    • Price Range: $49.99 - $152.97
    • Contracts: None - None required
    Deal
    There are 6 active deals on select plans from this provider
  • 3. 3. Viasat
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    100 Mbps
    Download
    3 Mbps
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    • Satellite
    • Internet Plans: 4
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 12-100mbps
    • Connection: Satellite
    • Price Range: $64.99 - $249.99
    • Contracts: 2 Years - 2 Years required
  • 4. 4. HughesNet
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    25 Mbps
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    3 Mbps
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    • Deal
    • Satellite
    • Internet Plans: 4
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 25-25mbps
    • Connection: Satellite
    • Installation: Standard installation is free.
    • Price Range: $39.99 - $149.99
    • Contracts: 2 Years - 2 Years required
    Deal
    There are 4 active deals on select plans from this provider
  • 5. 5. EarthLink
    76.9% Available
    76.9%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    940 Mbps
    Download
    1000 Mbps
    Upload
    Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
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    • Fiber
    • DSL
    • Internet Plans: 5
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 12-1000mbps
    • Connection: DSL and Fiber
    • Installation: Includes professional installation.
    • Price Range: $49.95 - $99.95
    • Contracts: 1 Year - 1 Year required
  • 6. 6. Google Fiber
    12.1% Available
    12.1%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    2000 Mbps
    Download
    1000 Mbps
    Upload
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    • Fiber
    • Internet Plans: 2
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 1000-2000mbps
    • Connection: Fiber
    • Installation: Free professional installation or self-install kit.
    • Price Range: $70 - $100
  • 7. 7. CenturyLink
    7.5% Available
    7.5%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    940 Mbps
    Download
    940 Mbps
    Upload
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    • Fiber
    • DSL
    • Internet Plans: 3
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 100-940mbps
    • Connection: DSL and Fiber
    • Installation: Tech installation fee of up to $125 may apply. Self-installation, if available at your location, may also be selected.
    • Price Range: $50 - $65
    • Contracts: None - None required
  • 8. 8. T-Mobile Home Internet
    Available

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    100 Mbps
    Download
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    • Fixed Wireless
    • Internet Plans: 2
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 100-100mbps
    • Connection: Fixed Wireless
    • Price Range: $50 - $55
    • Contracts: None - None required
  • 9. 9. Frontier
    2.4% Available
    2.4%

    Available

    Call For Speed Availability
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    • DSL
    • Internet Plans: 1
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 30-30mbps
    • Connection: DSL
    • Price Range: $49.99 - $49.99
    • Contracts: None - None required
  • 10. 10. Windstream
    5.1% Available
    5.1%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    100 Mbps
    Download
    1 Mbps
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    • DSL
    • Internet Plans: 2
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 50-100mbps
    • Connection: DSL
    • Price Range: $45 - $77
    • Contracts: None - None required
3 Business internet providers are hidden due to low coverage in Raleigh. See All
  • 1. 1. AT&T Wireless
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    10 Mbps
    Download
    3 Mbps
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    • Mobile Broadband
    • Internet Plans: 2
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 0-10mbps
    • Connection: Mobile Broadband
    • Price Range: $50 - $75
  • 2. 2. T-Mobile
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    10 Mbps
    Download
    6 Mbps
    Upload
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    • Deal
    • Mobile Broadband
    • Internet Plans: 3
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 0-10mbps
    • Connection: Mobile Broadband
    • Price Range: $60 - $85
    Deal
    There are 2 active deals on select plans from this provider
  • 3. 3. Verizon
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    10 Mbps
    Download
    3 Mbps
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    • Deal
    • Mobile Broadband
    • Internet Plans: 2
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 0-10mbps
    • Connection: Mobile Broadband
    • Price Range: $55 - $65
    Deal
    There are 2 active deals on select plans from this provider
  • 4. 4. Cricket
    97.2% Available
    97.2%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    0.768 Mbps
    Download
    0.2 Mbps
    Upload
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    • Mobile Broadband
    • Internet Plans: 2
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 0-0.768mbps
    • Connection: Mobile Broadband
    • Price Range: $35 - $55

Dig in:

Internet Access in Raleigh, North Carolina

The average resident in Raleigh has access to 4 Internet Service Providers, or "ISPs." This is a high amount of choice contrasted with similar-sized cities. Competition often results in more consumer-friendly regional pricing.

Spectrum is an second choice. They offer near one hundred percent local coverage and a maximum speed of 940 Mbps. Wired Internet isn't actually the only way to get Internet access for residents of Raleigh. fixed wireless companies such as T-Mobile Home Internet are able to achieve 0 Mbps or more over wireless technology. There are 11 companies in the city offering enterprise-level services like SD-WAN and MPLS. BroadbandNow includes every provider with business packages on their site, but residential providers sometimes offer unlisted business options as well.

The data listed here is sourced from FCC filings, and is enhanced with privatized databases and direct provider reporting to provide more accurate resources than is available from the FCC directly. Speed and pricing data is sourced by manually collecting thousands of plans annually.

Viasat Internet is the most widespread option for Raleigh residents. close to one hundred percent of Raleigh census blocks can receive Internet service from them. HughesNet is the most likely second option, with coverage in practically one hundred percent of the area with predominantly Satellite broadband service. The fastest package we've found for HughesNet in Raleigh is 25 Mbps.

The takeaway is that Raleigh's broadband infrastructure follows a common pattern in North Carolina metro areas: widespread availability of cable and DSL, but limited choice since most houses are stuck with only one company for either Internet service. This pattern results from the fact that Broadband providers have their roots as cable TV and telephone corporations. So, they can use these pre-existing copper wired networks to deliver their broadband services. Fiber service is expanding as a third option. While some "Fiber" plans aren't actually 100% "Fiber to the Home" connections, 75.19 percent of Raleigh has access to fiber reaching at least as far as the block. Thanks to strong network competition around Raleigh, the local average download speed is 38.71 percent higher than the state average across all cities. Review the speed test results below for information about how major Internet providers add up over time.

  • There are 20 internet providers in Raleigh with 10 of those offering residential service
  • Raleigh is the 22nd most connected city in North Carolina ahead of Garner, Wake Forest, and Knightdale, but behind Morrisville and Cary.
  • The fastest zip code in Raleigh for July 2021 is 27606. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

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 Raleigh, North Carolina

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB Availability
Google Fiber 2,000 Mbps Fiber 4s 12.1%
AT&T Internet 940 Mbps IPBB and Fiber 8s 87.4%
Spectrum 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s 100.0%
EarthLink 1,000 Mbps DSL and Fiber 8s 76.9%
CenturyLink 940 Mbps DSL and Fiber 8s 7.5%
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 2.4%
Windstream 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s 5.1%

Internet Provider Competition Map For Raleigh

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Raleigh is the 22nd most connected city in North Carolina ahead of Garner, Wake Forest, and Knightdale, but behind Morrisville and Cary.

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

Approximately 200 people in Wake 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: 75% of people living in Raleigh 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 Raleigh 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, 27606 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Raleigh.

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

In Wake County, approximately 1,000 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 Raleigh

North Carolina State University At Raleigh and Meredith College are the biggest universities in Raleigh. For the 35,875 combined students living in the area, strong internet access is a must for accessing online course materials and conducting research. Students living around North Carolina State University At Raleigh and Meredith College are likely to be choosing between the major providers outlined above. Speed test records from the zip code where both campuses are located show an average speed of 62.07 Mbps. Average download speeds can be misleading due to the fact that they include household networking problems, and the real speed you can expect shouldn't be less than 10–30percent below the advertised speeds here. FCC and US Government reports often cite the need to better broadband availability for college and high school attendees. There is a recognized correlation between increased high-speed broadband access and increased education/employment opportunities, especially in small cities and rural areas.

Data Caps Around Raleigh

Data from our researchers shows that some of the common ISPs in Raleigh currently place some sort of limit on streaming on home Internet connections. Data caps are controversial since subscribers see caps as a tactic to limit video streaming. Providers explain that caps are a reasonable strategy for managing heavy network congestion. In either case, the culprit is the same: streaming services, which easily uses one to seven Gigabytes per hour.

Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Raleigh

Internet speed is good

I get 200+ Mbps for the cheapest plan available at the time of writing this review. The only complaint that I have is the price hikes. Internet prices should be the same for old and new customers.

Not a completely satisfactory experience.

Most professional services businesses count on "24/7" reliable internet and VOIP connections to be competitive and provide an appropriate level of responsiveness. This company is reliable MOST of the time, however, if you have an outage you can count on being down for a day or two. Tens of thousands of dollars can be lost in one day so it matters. Further, the company consistently offers slower speeds than sales representatives offer. If you must increase bandwidth and need new equipment to accommodate it, you may be waiting for weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions About Internet in Raleigh, North Carolina

  • What is the cheapest Internet service in Raleigh?

    Windstream offers the cheapest internet plans in Raleigh, starting at $19.99 per month.

  • What is the fastest Internet in Raleigh?

    Google Fiber is the fastest internet provider in Raleigh, with speeds up to 2000 Mbps.

  • How much is Internet in Raleigh?

    Internet plans in Raleigh cost from $19.99/month for internet-only to $102.97/month for a triple play bundle.