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Broadband Service in Tennessee

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Internet Access in Tennessee

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Coverage by County

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82.4%
82.4% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
59.5%
59.5% POPULATION UNDERSERVED
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Broadband Speeds

92.2%

of Tennesseeans have access to wired broadband 25mbps or faster.

90.9%

of Tennesseeans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

35.4%

of Tennesseeans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

95.9%

of Tennesseeans have access to wireline service.

35.5%

of Tennesseeans have access to fiber-optic service.

85.9%

of Tennesseeans have access to cable service.

88.4%

of Tennesseeans have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in Tennessee

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Anderson 97.9%
Bedford 86.8%
Benton 37.5%
Bledsoe 40.8%
Blount 98.8%
Bradley 98.2%
Campbell 88.9%
Cannon 99.7%
Carroll 69.3%
Carter 97.4%
Cheatham 96.0%
Chester 50.7%
Claiborne 93.7%
Clay 95.4%
Cocke 81.2%
Coffee 84.7%
Crockett 68.9%
Cumberland 59.5%
Davidson 99.3%
Decatur 55.7%
DeKalb 98.9%
Dickson 89.9%
Dyer 93.9%
Fayette 83.8%
Fentress 99.0%
Franklin 82.0%
Gibson 74.3%
Giles 55.1%
Grainger 66.7%
Greene 96.7%
Grundy 78.9%
Hamblen 100.0%
Hamilton 99.4%
Hancock 63.9%
Hardeman 49.8%
Hardin 68.0%
Hawkins 73.6%
Haywood 65.3%
Henderson 64.5%
Henry 88.4%
Hickman 69.5%
Houston 46.9%
Humphreys 47.2%
Jackson 76.0%
Jefferson 85.5%
Johnson 94.4%
Knox 99.2%
Lake 64.6%
Lauderdale 78.9%
Lawrence 52.3%
Lewis 56.3%
Lincoln 83.1%
Loudon 93.7%
McMinn 85.5%
McNairy 53.9%
Macon 93.4%
Madison 94.3%
Marion 85.6%
Marshall 85.3%
Maury 94.7%
Meigs 77.4%
Monroe 73.5%
Montgomery 98.1%
Moore 66.2%
Morgan 100.0%
Obion 72.9%
Overton 70.5%
Perry 38.0%
Pickett 94.1%
Polk 81.4%
Putnam 94.2%
Rhea 90.1%
Roane 96.1%
Robertson 92.3%
Rutherford 97.5%
Scott 99.9%
Sequatchie 59.5%
Sevier 94.9%
Shelby 99.1%
Smith 86.1%
Stewart 78.0%
Sullivan 100.0%
Sumner 99.5%
Tipton 94.4%
Trousdale 71.5%
Unicoi 96.7%
Union 81.6%
Van Buren 49.5%
Warren 81.4%
Washington 98.2%
Wayne 54.1%
Weakley 59.1%
White 67.5%
Williamson 97.0%
Wilson 98.5%

Internet Speed in Top Tennessee Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Memphis 50.5 MBPS 25 Providers
2. Nashville 93.5 MBPS 25 Providers
3. Knoxville 83.3 MBPS 22 Providers
4. Chattanooga 81.3 MBPS 20 Providers
5. Murfreesboro 97.1 MBPS 17 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Tennessee

Provider Avg. Download Speed
AT&T Internet 100.9 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 92.4 MBPS
EPB 87.1 MBPS
Charter Spectrum 75.8 MBPS
CenturyLink 29.7 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Tennessee, 2020

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 2/6/2020.

Tennesee’s ranks solidly in the 17th slot when it comes to states with the best broadband access. Over 35% of Tennesee’s residents have access to a fiber-optic connection, which excels above the nation’s average of 25% of consumers with access to fiber services. Large pockets throughout the state enjoy strong high-speed coverage, while other areas, especially toward the west end of the state, have spottier coverage. Tennesseeans experience average download speeds of about 132.7 Mbps.

The Digital Divide in Tennessee

The ‘digital divide’ - the technological gap between Tenesseaeans with access to high-speed, low-priced internet and those who do not - can be seen in the following data.

At this time, 92.2% have access to a wired broadband connection capable of 25 Mbps speeds or faster, which is the vast majority of the state. Still, 492,000 people are left without a broadband connection that can deliver the same speeds. Additionally, even with 193 internet providers operational within Tennessee, 548,000 people only have access to one provider and 274,000 people have no providers offering internet services at their place of residence.

However, Tennessee is ahead of the national curve when comparing nationwide and statewide affordability data. While 51.5% of Americans throughout the country have access to a low-priced internet plan ($60/month or less), 59.5% of Tennesseeans have access to such a plan.

Best-Connected Cities

The cities of Chattanooga, Clarksville, Murfreesboro, Nashville, and Knoxville are the most well-connected cities in Tennessee. These cities rank high because they offer the best balance of high speeds and coverage with low pricing, with Chattanooga’s residents enjoying the best in the state.

Worst-Connected Cities

On the flip side, Eagan, Dellrose, Frankewing, Newcomb, and Hornsby are the worst-connected cities in Tennesee when it comes to their broadband speed, coverage, and pricing. Eagan is currently the lowest-ranking city in the state.

Find out how Tennessee’s broadband compares to other states nationwide here.

Governmental Initiatives

Since 2010, nearly $4.5 million in federal grant funding has been awarded to the Connected Tennessee program, which has worked to collect broadband data and fuel development. Beyond that, $15,865,636 in federal grants as gone toward broadband infrastructure projects within the state.

Additionally, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has launched the Tennessee Broadband Initiative to further expand broadband resources throughout the state.

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.

Tennessee Cities

Average speed over time
Adamsville 61.3% 7 providers
Alcoa 100.0% 13 providers
Antioch 98.9% 19 providers
Arlington 97.6% 16 providers
Ashland City 96.4% 12 providers
Athens 95.9% 12 providers
Atoka 97.8% 9 providers
Baxter 98.2% 11 providers
Bean Station 97.0% 11 providers
Bells 71.8% 13 providers
Bethpage 92.7% 11 providers
Blountville 100.0% 11 providers
Bluff City 100.0% 10 providers
Bolivar 80.0% 9 providers
Bon Aqua 93.8% 10 providers
Brentwood 99.8% 16 providers
Brighton 95.6% 11 providers
Bristol 100.0% 13 providers
Brownsville 78.1% 12 providers
Bulls Gap 75.0% 12 providers
Burns 98.0% 10 providers
Camden 57.7% 13 providers
Carthage 98.2% 12 providers
Centerville 66.4% 9 providers
Chapel Hill 86.0% 9 providers
Charlotte 75.6% 9 providers
Chattanooga 99.5% 20 providers
Christiana 93.5% 14 providers
Chuckey 96.4% 10 providers
Church Hill 85.9% 11 providers
Clarksville 99.9% 15 providers
Cleveland 98.7% 14 providers
Clinton 98.6% 14 providers
Collierville 99.7% 17 providers
Columbia 97.6% 13 providers
Cookeville 96.1% 14 providers
Cordova 99.5% 17 providers
Corryton 99.6% 11 providers
Cosby 75.9% 11 providers
Cottontown 99.1% 10 providers
Covington 90.4% 13 providers
Crossville 62.7% 13 providers
Dandridge 80.7% 14 providers
Dayton 93.8% 14 providers
Decatur 77.4% 10 providers
Decherd 68.6% 17 providers
Dickson 93.7% 11 providers
Dover 88.2% 7 providers
Dresden 0.4% 6 providers
Drummonds 97.4% 9 providers
Dunlap 51.5% 6 providers
Dyersburg 98.6% 12 providers
Eads 97.9% 12 providers
Elizabethton 99.6% 10 providers
Englewood 75.6% 10 providers
Erin 40.9% 5 providers
Erwin 99.2% 8 providers
Estill Springs 93.9% 15 providers
Etowah 97.4% 9 providers
Fairview 97.4% 11 providers
Fayetteville 91.0% 14 providers
Franklin 97.9% 19 providers
Friendsville 98.2% 13 providers
Gainesboro 78.6% 8 providers
Gallatin 99.5% 16 providers
Gatlinburg 99.1% 14 providers
Germantown 99.8% 16 providers
Goodlettsville 99.6% 14 providers
Greenback 93.6% 11 providers
Greenbrier 99.9% 12 providers
Greeneville 97.4% 9 providers
Halls 73.3% 11 providers
Harriman 99.4% 12 providers
Harrison 98.4% 12 providers
Harrogate 96.3% 11 providers
Hartsville 79.0% 13 providers
Henderson 62.5% 12 providers
Hendersonville 99.6% 16 providers
Henning 23.9% 10 providers
Hermitage 99.6% 16 providers
Hixson 100.0% 14 providers
Hohenwald 66.1% 12 providers
Humboldt 83.2% 18 providers
Huntingdon 68.2% 12 providers
Jacksboro 99.7% 11 providers
Jackson 97.9% 15 providers
Jamestown 99.4% 6 providers
Jasper 99.3% 13 providers
Jefferson City 98.0% 10 providers
Joelton 95.4% 12 providers
Johnson City 99.4% 15 providers
Jonesborough 98.4% 13 providers
Kingsport 100.0% 15 providers
Kingston 98.1% 12 providers
Kingston Springs 97.2% 11 providers
Knoxville 99.3% 22 providers
Kodak 95.7% 14 providers
La Follette 93.2% 9 providers
La Vergne 100.0% 19 providers
Lafayette 99.6% 8 providers
Lake City 96.5% 10 providers
Lawrenceburg 71.6% 11 providers
Lebanon 97.1% 16 providers
Lenoir City 97.7% 16 providers
Leoma 29.2% 10 providers
Lewisburg 89.3% 15 providers
Lexington 80.0% 13 providers
Limestone 80.3% 10 providers
Linden 39.9% 7 providers
Livingston 88.9% 9 providers
Loudon 94.9% 11 providers
Louisville 99.9% 14 providers
Lyles 93.3% 10 providers
Madison 100.0% 15 providers
Madisonville 88.4% 12 providers
Manchester 89.4% 13 providers
Martin 82.4% 9 providers
Maryville 99.4% 18 providers
Maynardville 95.2% 12 providers
Mc Ewen 13.8% 9 providers
Mc Kenzie 81.8% 9 providers
Mcminnville 86.0% 11 providers
Medina 94.2% 11 providers
Memphis 99.5% 25 providers
Milan 91.7% 11 providers
Millington 89.0% 13 providers
Monterey 55.5% 11 providers
Morrison 62.6% 14 providers
Morristown 100.0% 13 providers
Mount Carmel 100.0% 9 providers
Mount Juliet 99.5% 16 providers
Mount Pleasant 92.3% 11 providers
Mountain City 97.9% 9 providers
Munford 99.8% 8 providers
Murfreesboro 97.5% 17 providers
Nashville 99.2% 25 providers
New Market 78.6% 11 providers
New Tazewell 93.1% 11 providers
Newbern 86.9% 12 providers
Newport 94.8% 13 providers
Nolensville 98.4% 12 providers
Oak Ridge 99.5% 14 providers
Oakland 97.7% 10 providers
Old Hickory 99.9% 12 providers
Oliver Springs 99.2% 11 providers
Oneida 100.0% 8 providers
Ooltewah 99.8% 13 providers
Paris 93.8% 10 providers
Parsons 80.4% 9 providers
Pigeon Forge 98.5% 16 providers
Pikeville 40.2% 6 providers
Piney Flats 100.0% 11 providers
Pleasant View 99.7% 9 providers
Portland 97.2% 10 providers
Powell 99.2% 13 providers
Pulaski 75.0% 10 providers
Ripley 93.9% 10 providers
Rockvale 95.3% 13 providers
Rockwood 92.8% 10 providers
Rogersville 65.3% 11 providers
Rutledge 67.5% 9 providers
Savannah 78.3% 9 providers
Selmer 76.5% 11 providers
Sevierville 93.5% 19 providers
Seymour 94.4% 16 providers
Shelbyville 94.8% 14 providers
Signal Mountain 99.0% 14 providers
Smithville 97.3% 11 providers
Smyrna 98.7% 19 providers
Soddy Daisy 98.9% 13 providers
Somerville 69.9% 11 providers
South Pittsburg 80.7% 13 providers
Sparta 68.9% 13 providers
Spring City 90.0% 10 providers
Spring Hill 99.6% 13 providers
Springfield 94.6% 13 providers
Strawberry Plains 97.0% 12 providers
Summertown 43.2% 10 providers
Sweetwater 77.0% 11 providers
Talbott 88.0% 13 providers
Tazewell 89.7% 12 providers
Tellico Plains 32.4% 8 providers
Thompsons Station 89.1% 14 providers
Tiptonville 53.5% 9 providers
Trenton 15.6% 13 providers
Tullahoma 99.0% 14 providers
Union City 82.3% 10 providers
Vonore 60.8% 14 providers
Wartburg 100.0% 7 providers
Watertown 88.0% 11 providers
Waverly 70.7% 11 providers
Waynesboro 70.6% 7 providers
Westmoreland 100.0% 7 providers
White Bluff 96.5% 10 providers
White House 98.3% 12 providers
White Pine 86.8% 13 providers
Whiteville 23.6% 10 providers
Whitwell 80.2% 11 providers
Winchester 89.3% 12 providers
Woodbury 99.3% 10 providers
Last Updated on 2/6/2020.