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Internet providers in North Carolina

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Find North Carolina internet providers by city

If you are looking for internet service in NC, there are several internet service providers to choose from, including fiber-optic, cable, DSL and satellite internet options. Competitive prices are the standard in NC, so checking out current internet plans in your area can save you money. Find your city below to see what is available near you.

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North Carolina internet at a glance

North Carolina has several internet options offered by top providers such as Spectrum, Cox and AT&T. You may qualify for additional savings when you bundle TV or home phone services. We did the research for you so you can quickly determine which internet provider is the best option near you. 

Internet availability in North Carolina

North Carolina ranks as the 6th most connected state when it comes to internet providers. This means over 98% of NC residents have at least one internet service available at their home. However, 27% have just one wired provider on their block, so options in some areas are limited. For NC residents in rural areas, fixed wireless is available in approximately 13% of the state and satellite internet is available virtually statewide.

Fastest internet in North Carolina

The average internet speed throughout North Carolina is 24 Mbps. This is fast enough to stream, game and browse the web on multiple devices in your home. Speeds of up to a gig or more are also available in many NC cities, including Charlotte and Raleigh. Speeds may vary depending on what is available near you. 

These internet service providers offer some of the fastest speeds in North Carolina, where available:

  • Verizon — Fiber-optic network with speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Spectrum — Cable network with speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Xfinity — Cable network with speeds up to 2,000 Mbps
  • Windstream — Fiber-optic network with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Cox — Cable network with speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • CenturyLink — Fiber-optic network with speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • AT&T— Fiber-optic network with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps

Cheapest internet in North Carolina

North Carolina is a great location to find high-speed internet deals, including cheap standalone internet options. A few providers have plans starting below $30/mo. You may be able to get additional savings off your monthly internet price by bundling with TV and home phone services.

These internet service providers offer some of the cheapest internet plans in NC, where available:

  • Windstream — $25.00/mo.* for up to 15 Mbps
  • Frontier — $27.99/mo.* for up to 6 Mbps
  • Xfinity — $29.99/mo.* for up to 60 Mbps
  • Mediacom — $29.99/mo.* for up to 60 Mbps
  • Cox — $29.99/mo.* for up to 10 Mbps

Summary of internet providers in North Carolina

We’ve ranked the top 10 internet providers in NC by coverage area, technology and starting price. We’ve done the research so you can easily find the providers in your area that are the best fit for you.

ProviderStarting price*Download speed rangeTechnology% available
SpectrumSpectrum$49.99/mo30-940 MbpsCable83
CoxCox logo$29.99/mo.10-1,000 MbpsCable83
CenturyLink$49.99/mo12-940 MbpsDSL, fiber81
MediacomMediacom$29.99/mo.60-1,000 MbpsCable81
XfinityXfinity logo$29.99/mo.15-2,000 MbpsCable58
AT&TAT&T$40.00/mo.5-1,000 MbpsDSL, fiber58
WindstreamWindstream Logo$25.00/mo.15-1,000 MbpsDSL, fiber13
FrontierFrontier Communications$27.99/mo.1-500 MbpsDSL, fiber7
King Street Wireless$50.00/mo.Up to 12 MbpsFixed wireless7
HughesNetHughesNet$59.99/mo.Up to 25 MbpsSatellite96