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Broadband Internet in South Carolina

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Internet Access in South Carolina

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Coverage by County

South Carolina Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage by county.
79.7%
79.7% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
52.4%
52.4% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

86.8

31st

Broadband Speeds

90.0%

of South Carolinians have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

28.2%

of South Carolinians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

96.4%

of South Carolinians have access to wireline service.

30.1%

of South Carolinians have access to fiber-optic service.

84.7%

of South Carolinians have access to cable service.

88.2%

of South Carolinians have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in South Carolina

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Abbeville 95.9%
Aiken 81.0%
Allendale 16.8%
Anderson 96.6%
Bamberg 44.3%
Barnwell 59.1%
Beaufort 88.9%
Berkeley 96.9%
Calhoun 77.7%
Charleston 97.1%
Cherokee 90.7%
Chester 87.8%
Chesterfield 63.5%
Clarendon 94.2%
Colleton 88.3%
Darlington 89.0%
Dillon 76.5%
Dorchester 95.0%
Edgefield 71.6%
Fairfield 74.4%
Florence 93.9%
Georgetown 89.4%
Greenville 98.7%
Greenwood 91.0%
Hampton 52.1%
Horry 99.9%
Jasper 65.4%
Kershaw 89.8%
Lancaster 89.2%
Laurens 84.7%
Lee 89.3%
Lexington 97.2%
McCormick 42.3%
Marion 71.3%
Marlboro 22.3%
Newberry 86.0%
Oconee 90.4%
Orangeburg 60.9%
Pickens 96.6%
Richland 98.7%
Saluda 59.0%
Spartanburg 96.5%
Sumter 96.7%
Union 83.8%
Williamsburg 80.4%
York 97.8%

Internet Speed in Top South Carolina Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Columbia 82.5 MBPS 18 Providers
2. Greenville 94.7 MBPS 17 Providers
3. Charleston 84.0 MBPS 18 Providers
4. Myrtle Beach 71.8 MBPS 12 Providers
5. Summerville 84.4 MBPS 16 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in South Carolina

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Comporium Communications 115.1 MBPS
AT&T Internet 96.3 MBPS
Charter Spectrum 93.4 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 91.3 MBPS
Frontier Communications 14.9 MBPS

The State of Broadband in South Carolina, 2020

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 9/1/2020.

South Carolina currently ranks 31st in the USA when it comes to state broadband access. While some counties within South Carolina enjoy strong high-speed coverage, a number of counties continue to lag behind. The statewide average download speed is 125.0 Mbps according to user test data. This is comparable to average speeds in Wisconsin, Utah, and Oregon.

The Digital Divide in South Carolina

The unequal distribution of the availability of the latest internet technologies amongst a certain population creates what is called the digital divide. In South Carolina, this can be seen in the fact that not all of its residents have equal access to high-speed, affordable internet.

For example, while 91.5% of South Carolinians have access to a wired broadband connection with speeds of 25 Mbps or faster, 344,000 people do not have a wired option capable of such speeds, and 171,000 people do not have access to a wired connection at all. Additionally, even with 116 internet providers operating within South Carolina, 552,000 people only have access to one provider at their home, which limits their choice in plans and services.

When it comes to internet expenses, affordability data reveals that 52.4% of South Carolina’s residents have access to a low-priced ($60/month or less) wired internet plan. This percentage is just over the national average of 51.5% of Americans with access to the same.

Best-Connected Cities

While South Carolina may not be able to compete with some better-connected states as a whole, there are a number of cities within the state that offer a good combination of internet coverage, pricing, and speeds. The top five best-connected cities in South Carolina are Greenville, Columbia, Charleston, North Myrtle Beach, and Mauldin, with the highest-ranking listed first.

Worst-Connected Cities

On the other end of the spectrum, the cities with the worst internet in South Carolina are Peak, Tatum, Horatio, Luray, and Cordesville, with the lowest-ranking listed first.

See how South Carolina stacks up against other states nationwide here.

Governmental Initiatives

Almost $4 million in federal grant funding has been awarded to the Connect South Carolina program since 2010, which has fueled broadband data collection and development within the state. An additional $9,604,840 of federal grant money has been directed toward the expansion of broadband infrastructure in South Carolina.

Recently, the US Department of Agriculture announced it had invested $9.1 million in providing broadband services for rural South Carolina communities. A quote from the USDA says: “This investment is expected to cover an 81-square-mile area that includes 6,251 rural households, 24 farms, 15 businesses, four critical community facilities, three educational facilities, and a health care center.”

The information above is taken from a mix of public and private datasets. More about our data here.

Sources: Data collected via the FCC, NTIA, and other sources. For a full list of data sources please visit our data page.

South Carolina Cities

Average speed over time
Abbeville 98.4% 10 providers
Aiken 86.7% 13 providers
Allendale 21.9% 9 providers
Anderson 98.4% 13 providers
Andrews 89.6% 7 providers
Aynor 99.9% 7 providers
Bamberg 72.8% 10 providers
Barnwell 71.3% 11 providers
Batesburg 81.3% 13 providers
Beaufort 82.0% 12 providers
Beech Island 99.2% 10 providers
Belton 92.9% 8 providers
Bennettsville 28.6% 10 providers
Bishopville 90.5% 10 providers
Blacksburg 69.5% 9 providers
Blackville 18.1% 11 providers
Bluffton 98.9% 11 providers
Blythewood 99.5% 10 providers
Boiling Springs 99.9% 12 providers
Bonneau 93.2% 9 providers
Camden 92.6% 11 providers
Campobello 85.3% 10 providers
Cassatt 87.6% 11 providers
Cayce 100.0% 13 providers
Central 91.8% 10 providers
Chapin 100.0% 11 providers
Charleston 97.1% 18 providers
Cheraw 93.4% 12 providers
Chesnee 97.6% 11 providers
Chester 92.5% 8 providers
Chesterfield 49.7% 9 providers
Clemson 90.1% 9 providers
Clinton 86.3% 11 providers
Clover 99.3% 13 providers
Columbia 99.9% 18 providers
Conway 100.0% 9 providers
Cordova 99.2% 8 providers
Cottageville 100.0% 7 providers
Cowpens 91.9% 10 providers
Cross 97.8% 8 providers
Dalzell 99.1% 9 providers
Darlington 88.7% 11 providers
Denmark 28.0% 7 providers
Dillon 91.6% 10 providers
Duncan 100.0% 11 providers
Easley 99.8% 11 providers
Eastover 65.5% 11 providers
Edgefield 54.0% 10 providers
Effingham 96.0% 12 providers
Elgin 98.2% 10 providers
Enoree 59.0% 10 providers
Estill 16.5% 6 providers
Eutawville 16.2% 9 providers
Fairfax 13.9% 11 providers
Florence 99.7% 13 providers
Fort Mill 99.7% 14 providers
Fountain Inn 96.8% 12 providers
Gaffney 96.7% 15 providers
Galivants Ferry 99.5% 6 providers
Gaston 97.1% 11 providers
Georgetown 91.6% 10 providers
Gilbert 99.9% 9 providers
Goose Creek 97.0% 14 providers
Graniteville 60.5% 11 providers
Gray Court 92.3% 10 providers
Great Falls 68.5% 6 providers
Greenville 99.3% 17 providers
Greenwood 95.8% 11 providers
Greer 99.9% 11 providers
Hampton 87.8% 10 providers
Hanahan 99.7% 13 providers
Hardeeville 92.8% 11 providers
Hartsville 92.2% 10 providers
Heath Springs 53.4% 8 providers
Hemingway 27.2% 8 providers
Hilton Head Island 99.9% 12 providers
Hodges 85.2% 9 providers
Holly Hill 4.4% 10 providers
Hollywood 92.1% 11 providers
Honea Path 67.2% 11 providers
Hopkins 97.2% 9 providers
Inman 99.6% 10 providers
Irmo 100.0% 12 providers
Isle Of Palms 99.6% 10 providers
Iva 90.1% 9 providers
Jefferson 34.4% 6 providers
Johns Island 98.9% 11 providers
Johnsonville 58.2% 7 providers
Johnston 61.1% 10 providers
Jonesville 69.0% 9 providers
Kershaw 77.1% 9 providers
Kingstree 99.3% 8 providers
Ladson 99.1% 14 providers
Ladys Island 73.0% 9 providers
Lake City 95.2% 7 providers
Lamar 67.9% 11 providers
Lancaster 90.2% 8 providers
Landrum 83.4% 10 providers
Latta 60.3% 9 providers
Laurens 94.4% 9 providers
Leesville 95.7% 10 providers
Lexington 99.9% 16 providers
Liberty 96.6% 12 providers
Little River 100.0% 11 providers
Longs 99.8% 7 providers
Loris 99.7% 7 providers
Lugoff 98.5% 11 providers
Lyman 100.0% 8 providers
Manning 95.7% 8 providers
Marietta 88.5% 8 providers
Marion 80.1% 8 providers
Mauldin 100.0% 13 providers
Mc Cormick 39.6% 8 providers
Moncks Corner 98.1% 11 providers
Moore 99.9% 9 providers
Mount Pleasant 99.0% 16 providers
Mullins 76.5% 8 providers
Murrells Inlet 100.0% 10 providers
Myrtle Beach 100.0% 12 providers
Newberry 92.0% 11 providers
Ninety Six 72.5% 9 providers
North 6.7% 11 providers
North Augusta 99.4% 12 providers
North Charleston 99.4% 19 providers
North Myrtle Beach 100.0% 9 providers
Okatie 97.6% 11 providers
Orangeburg 97.6% 12 providers
Pacolet 85.0% 8 providers
Pageland 53.9% 8 providers
Pamplico 43.0% 7 providers
Pawleys Island 99.5% 10 providers
Pelion 77.2% 11 providers
Pelzer 99.7% 8 providers
Pendleton 93.4% 12 providers
Pickens 96.6% 10 providers
Piedmont 99.9% 11 providers
Prosperity 91.6% 11 providers
Ravenel 98.5% 13 providers
Rembert 48.0% 10 providers
Ridgeland 56.9% 12 providers
Ridgeville 92.0% 12 providers
Ridgeway 89.0% 9 providers
Rock Hill 98.8% 12 providers
Roebuck 90.8% 10 providers
Saint George 54.7% 9 providers
Saint Helena Island 49.5% 9 providers
Saint Matthews 87.8% 11 providers
Saint Stephen 96.2% 7 providers
Salem 83.4% 9 providers
Saluda 60.1% 9 providers
Santee 13.1% 10 providers
Scranton 99.1% 7 providers
Seabrook 80.4% 8 providers
Seneca 99.1% 11 providers
Simpsonville 98.5% 13 providers
Six Mile 99.8% 10 providers
Spartanburg 98.8% 12 providers
Starr 96.5% 9 providers
Summerton 95.4% 8 providers
Summerville 99.9% 16 providers
Sumter 99.5% 10 providers
Swansea 41.0% 9 providers
Taylors 100.0% 11 providers
Timmonsville 79.2% 10 providers
Townville 93.6% 9 providers
Travelers Rest 97.8% 9 providers
Trenton 69.0% 10 providers
Turbeville 99.2% 6 providers
Union 90.8% 10 providers
Varnville 70.1% 8 providers
Wagener 35.4% 9 providers
Walhalla 96.2% 11 providers
Walterboro 96.2% 8 providers
Ware Shoals 71.8% 9 providers
Warrenville 98.4% 10 providers
Waterloo 54.7% 9 providers
Wellford 97.9% 9 providers
West Columbia 100.0% 15 providers
West Union 98.5% 10 providers
Westminster 76.0% 9 providers
Williamston 99.4% 9 providers
Williston 57.5% 9 providers
Winnsboro 74.2% 12 providers
Woodruff 79.3% 12 providers
Yemassee 74.1% 12 providers
York 98.9% 11 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.