Broadband Service in Tennessee

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Coverage by County

82.4%
59.5%

105.0

17th

Broadband Speeds

92.5%

of Tennesseeans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

45.9%

of Tennesseeans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

96.2%

of Tennesseeans have access to wireline service

46.3%

of Tennesseeans have access to fiber-optic service

85.3%

of Tennesseeans have access to cable service

87.2%

of Tennesseeans have access to DSL service

Coverage by County in Tennessee

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Anderson 98.0%
Bedford 87.1%
Benton 37.6%
Bledsoe 55.2%
Blount 98.8%
Bradley 98.2%
Campbell 89.3%
Cannon 99.7%
Carroll 70.6%
Carter 97.2%
Cheatham 96.0%
Chester 50.9%
Claiborne 96.9%
Clay 99.8%
Cocke 85.4%
Coffee 93.6%
Crockett 85.6%
Cumberland 59.9%
Davidson 99.3%
Decatur 71.4%
DeKalb 99.8%
Dickson 85.6%
Dyer 94.6%
Fayette 84.5%
Fentress 99.8%
Franklin 80.3%
Gibson 82.7%
Giles 53.6%
Grainger 66.7%
Greene 96.6%
Grundy 87.6%
Hamblen 100.0%
Hamilton 99.3%
Hancock 71.8%
Hardeman 51.7%
Hardin 65.6%
Hawkins 82.7%
Haywood 68.7%
Henderson 67.0%
Henry 90.1%
Hickman 69.6%
Houston 81.2%
Humphreys 56.3%
Jackson 94.2%
Jefferson 85.8%
Johnson 93.8%
Knox 99.2%
Lake 100.0%
Lauderdale 81.7%
Lawrence 58.2%
Lewis 73.2%
Lincoln 79.9%
Loudon 93.8%
McMinn 86.9%
McNairy 53.2%
Macon 98.9%
Madison 95.1%
Marion 91.7%
Marshall 86.5%
Maury 94.7%
Meigs 77.4%
Monroe 85.0%
Montgomery 98.1%
Moore 66.0%
Morgan 100.0%
Obion 76.3%
Overton 94.6%
Perry 71.0%
Pickett 99.5%
Polk 82.0%
Putnam 95.5%
Rhea 90.7%
Roane 96.2%
Robertson 92.5%
Rutherford 97.7%
Scott 100.0%
Sequatchie 73.0%
Sevier 95.0%
Shelby 99.5%
Smith 96.2%
Stewart 66.8%
Sullivan 100.0%
Sumner 99.5%
Tipton 97.3%
Trousdale 89.9%
Unicoi 98.2%
Union 82.9%
Van Buren 71.5%
Warren 90.8%
Washington 98.1%
Wayne 80.7%
Weakley 67.7%
White 95.0%
Williamson 97.8%
Wilson 99.0%

Internet Speed in Top Tennessee Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Memphis 72.5 MBPS 26 Providers
2. Nashville 140.6 MBPS 23 Providers
3. Knoxville 108.0 MBPS 23 Providers
4. Chattanooga 103.9 MBPS 20 Providers
5. Murfreesboro 114.1 MBPS 17 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Tennessee

Provider Avg. download speed
AT&T Internet 136.8 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 126.1 MBPS
EPB 112.1 MBPS
Spectrum 93.2 MBPS
CenturyLink 45.1 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Tennessee, 2021

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 2/2/2021.

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 53.5%
8 providers
Alcoa 100.0%
12 providers
Antioch 98.9%
20 providers
Arlington 99.5%
16 providers
Ashland City 96.4%
12 providers
Athens 95.9%
13 providers
Atoka 99.5%
10 providers
Baxter 100.0%
11 providers
Bean Station 97.0%
11 providers
Bells 74.4%
12 providers
Bethpage 97.0%
11 providers
Blountville 100.0%
10 providers
Bluff City 100.0%
9 providers
Bolivar 80.0%
10 providers
Bon Aqua 93.9%
10 providers
Brentwood 99.8%
14 providers
Brighton 99.1%
11 providers
Bristol 100.0%
11 providers
Brownsville 78.1%
12 providers
Bulls Gap 74.7%
11 providers
Burns 95.1%
10 providers
Camden 57.5%
13 providers
Carthage 98.4%
11 providers
Centerville 66.4%
12 providers
Chapel Hill 87.1%
9 providers
Charlotte 79.3%
8 providers
Chattanooga 99.5%
20 providers
Christiana 93.5%
11 providers
Chuckey 96.4%
9 providers
Church Hill 87.7%
12 providers
Clarksville 99.9%
14 providers
Cleveland 98.8%
14 providers
Clinton 98.6%
13 providers
Collierville 99.7%
15 providers
Columbia 97.8%
13 providers
Cookeville 97.1%
13 providers
Cordova 99.8%
15 providers
Corryton 99.6%
10 providers
Cosby 79.2%
12 providers
Cottontown 99.1%
8 providers
Covington 93.5%
14 providers
Crossville 63.3%
14 providers
Dandridge 81.3%
14 providers
Dayton 93.8%
14 providers
Decatur 77.4%
10 providers
Decherd 71.7%
15 providers
Dickson 93.8%
11 providers
Dover 77.4%
7 providers
Dresden 48.5%
8 providers
Drummonds 98.8%
9 providers
Dunlap 67.0%
8 providers
Dyersburg 98.6%
12 providers
Eads 97.9%
11 providers
Elizabethton 99.6%
9 providers
Englewood 82.4%
10 providers
Erin 82.0%
8 providers
Erwin 100.0%
9 providers
Estill Springs 99.5%
13 providers
Etowah 97.5%
9 providers
Fairview 97.4%
10 providers
Fayetteville 88.4%
13 providers
Franklin 97.9%
18 providers
Friendsville 98.2%
12 providers
Gainesboro 98.4%
8 providers
Gallatin 99.5%
14 providers
Gatlinburg 99.2%
13 providers
Germantown 99.8%
14 providers
Goodlettsville 99.6%
13 providers
Greenback 93.9%
10 providers
Greenbrier 99.9%
11 providers
Greeneville 97.2%
9 providers
Halls 87.8%
12 providers
Harriman 99.4%
11 providers
Harrison 98.4%
12 providers
Harrogate 95.9%
12 providers
Hartsville 90.1%
11 providers
Henderson 62.6%
12 providers
Hendersonville 99.6%
14 providers
Henning 23.9%
10 providers
Hermitage 99.6%
15 providers
Hixson 100.0%
15 providers
Hohenwald 79.8%
11 providers
Humboldt 92.7%
19 providers
Huntingdon 68.5%
11 providers
Jacksboro 99.7%
10 providers
Jackson 98.0%
14 providers
Jamestown 100.0%
7 providers
Jasper 100.0%
11 providers
Jefferson City 98.5%
9 providers
Joelton 95.4%
10 providers
Johnson City 99.4%
15 providers
Jonesborough 98.3%
13 providers
Kingsport 100.0%
14 providers
Kingston 98.1%
11 providers
Kingston Springs 97.2%
9 providers
Knoxville 99.4%
23 providers
Kodak 96.0%
12 providers
La Follette 93.2%
9 providers
La Vergne 100.0%
17 providers
Lafayette 100.0%
8 providers
Lake City 96.5%
9 providers
Lawrenceburg 71.7%
11 providers
Lebanon 97.5%
15 providers
Lenoir City 97.7%
16 providers
Leoma 29.2%
11 providers
Lewisburg 89.6%
14 providers
Lexington 80.0%
12 providers
Limestone 80.5%
9 providers
Linden 70.4%
8 providers
Livingston 99.6%
9 providers
Loudon 95.1%
10 providers
Louisville 99.9%
12 providers
Lyles 93.3%
10 providers
Madison 100.0%
13 providers
Madisonville 89.6%
12 providers
Manchester 92.7%
11 providers
Martin 82.6%
10 providers
Maryville 99.4%
17 providers
Maynardville 95.2%
11 providers
Mc Kenzie 83.1%
9 providers
Mcminnville 95.2%
9 providers
Medina 98.9%
10 providers
Memphis 99.5%
26 providers
Milan 96.7%
12 providers
Millington 97.4%
13 providers
Monterey 62.5%
9 providers
Morrison 68.6%
11 providers
Morristown 100.0%
13 providers
Mount Carmel 100.0%
10 providers
Mount Juliet 99.5%
16 providers
Mount Pleasant 92.3%
10 providers
Mountain City 97.8%
9 providers
Munford 99.7%
9 providers
Murfreesboro 97.8%
17 providers
Nashville 99.3%
23 providers
New Market 78.6%
11 providers
New Tazewell 96.7%
10 providers
Newbern 87.1%
12 providers
Newport 96.9%
15 providers
Nolensville 98.9%
11 providers
Oak Ridge 99.5%
13 providers
Oakland 97.7%
10 providers
Old Hickory 99.9%
12 providers
Oliver Springs 99.3%
10 providers
Oneida 100.0%
9 providers
Ooltewah 99.7%
13 providers
Paris 93.8%
12 providers
Parsons 81.7%
8 providers
Pigeon Forge 98.5%
15 providers
Pikeville 55.6%
8 providers
Piney Flats 100.0%
11 providers
Pleasant View 99.7%
9 providers
Portland 97.3%
10 providers
Powell 99.2%
12 providers
Pulaski 75.3%
11 providers
Ripley 95.1%
10 providers
Rockvale 95.3%
11 providers
Rockwood 93.4%
10 providers
Rogersville 78.6%
11 providers
Rutledge 67.5%
8 providers
Savannah 78.3%
10 providers
Selmer 76.5%
11 providers
Sevierville 93.6%
18 providers
Seymour 94.4%
16 providers
Shelbyville 95.1%
14 providers
Signal Mountain 98.9%
12 providers
Smithville 97.4%
10 providers
Smyrna 98.7%
17 providers
Soddy Daisy 99.0%
12 providers
Somerville 70.4%
11 providers
South Pittsburg 83.2%
13 providers
Sparta 93.5%
11 providers
Spring City 90.5%
11 providers
Spring Hill 99.6%
14 providers
Springfield 95.1%
12 providers
Strawberry Plains 97.0%
11 providers
Summertown 58.6%
10 providers
Sweetwater 77.4%
13 providers
Talbott 88.0%
12 providers
Tazewell 97.5%
11 providers
Tellico Plains 72.6%
8 providers
Thompsons Station 91.1%
13 providers
Tiptonville 99.7%
10 providers
Trenton 24.4%
16 providers
Tullahoma 99.0%
13 providers
Union City 82.6%
10 providers
Vonore 90.0%
13 providers
Wartburg 100.0%
8 providers
Watertown 95.8%
10 providers
Waverly 75.2%
11 providers
Waynesboro 80.8%
8 providers
Westmoreland 100.0%
8 providers
White Bluff 96.7%
9 providers
White House 98.3%
12 providers
White Pine 86.8%
12 providers
Whiteville 23.5%
11 providers
Whitwell 88.0%
14 providers
Winchester 90.4%
11 providers
Woodbury 99.3%
7 providers