Internet providers in Charlotte, NC

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If you’re shopping for internet in Charlotte, you’re likely to find multiple options available with speeds of 250 Mbps or higher available throughout the Queen City. Explore the internet options available at your Charlotte address to find the best provider and plan for your needs.

Charlotte internet at a glance

Charlotte residents have access to cable, DSL and fiber optic internet throughout much of the city. As such, satellite internet is a less popular internet choice, but is still available throughout Charlotte if you want additional internet options. 

Internet availability in Charlotte

Charlotte, NC, residential internet providers

Compare the largest internet providers in Charlotte, NC

The three largest internet providers in Charlotte are Spectrum, AT&T and Windstream. Spectrum is the sole cable provider in Charlotte, covering 100% of the metro area. AT&T and Windstream provide DSL and fiber optic service in Charlotte, but AT&T is more likely to be available. 

Spectrum


AT&T


Windstream

Depending on where you live or are moving to in the Charlotte area, any or all of the internet providers listed above may be available at your address. There may also be additional internet provider options available.

Other Charlotte internet providers that may be available in your area include:

  • Google Fiber – Though Google currently has no plans to extend their fiber optic networks, Google Fiber is available in select parts of Charlotte. Google Fiber is available in parts Northeast Charlotte and much of uptown including the Fourth Ward. You’ll also find Google Fiber to the south in communities surrounding South Meck High School. 

    Plans and pricing: Google Fiber only offers one internet plan in the Charlotte area with speeds up to 1,000 starting at $70/mo.*
  • Comporium– Comporium is primarily available across the border in South Carolina cities such as Rock Hill and Fort Mill, but select areas in south Charlotte may also be serviceable. Neighborhoods in the Steele Creek area as well as in and around Pineville may have access to Comporium internet.

    Plans and pricing: Comporium offers high speed internet with speeds up to 300 Mbps starting at $44.94/mo.* Three or more plans may be available in your area with gig speeds up to 1,000 Mbps starting at $79.94/mo.*, around $30/mo. cheaper than Spectrum’s gig plan.
  • HughesNet – As a satellite internet provider, HughesNet is available throughout Mecklenburg County and addresses in the Charlotte area not obstructed by surrounding buildings or trees. Though HughesNet is available, many Charlotte-area residents are likely to find faster, more cost-effective options from cable, DSL and fiber optic providers.

    Plans and pricing: HughesNet speeds are the same regardless of plan, up to 25 Mbps starting at $49.99/mo.*
  • Viasat – Like HughesNet, Viasat is a satellite internet provider available in the Charlotte area. Viasat internet speeds are not quite as fast as HughesNet in Charlotte, but the provider does offer speeds up to 100 Mbps in select areas.

    Plans and pricing: In Charlotte, Viasat offers speeds up to 12 Mbps starting at $50/mo.*

Cheap internet providers Charlotte, NC

  • AT&TUp to 100 Mbps starting at $35/mo.*
  • WindstreamUp to 200 Mbps starting at $37/mo.* 
  • SpectrumUp to 200 Mbps starting at $49.99/mo.*
  • HughesNetUp to 25 Mbps starting at $49.99/mo.*
  • ViasatUp to 12 Mbps starting at $50/mo.*
  • Google FiberUp to 1,000 Mbps starting at $70/mo.*

What to consider when shopping for cheap internet in Charlotte

There is often more that goes into the price of internet than the advertised cost. Consider equipment fees, data caps and contract requirements when shopping for cheap internet in Charlotte.

Equipment fees: Monthly equipment fees will vary by provider, but Spectrum’s are the lowest in the Charlotte area at just $5/mo. compared to around $10/mo. with AT&T and Windstream. Google Fiber actually charges no additional fees for Wi-Fi, but their starting price is already higher than most providers.

Data caps: Aside from satellite internet providers, all major internet providers in the Charlotte area include unlimited data with their plans. The exception is AT&T’s DSL service, which comes with a 1 TB/mo. data cap – that’s plenty of data for the average household, but going over could come with an added fee of $10 for each 50 GB block of data required to satisfy your overage. AT&T Fiber plans, on the other hand, come with unlimited data.

Contracts: You also won’t have any contract requirements from AT&T, Google Fiber, Spectrum or Windstream in Charlotte, so you won’t have to worry about early termination fees should you decide to cancel.

What Charlotte internet provider is the fastest?

  • Google Fiber – Up to 1,000 Mbps starting at $70/mo.*
  • Windstream – Up to 1,000 Mbps starting at $67/mo.*
  • AT&T Fiber – Up to 940 Mbps starting at $60/mo.*
  • Spectrum – Up to 940 Mbps starting at $109.99/mo.*

Charlotte has access to four gig internet providers: AT&T, Google Fiber, Spectrum and Windstream. Of those providers, you’re likely to find fiber optic services, like those from AT&T, Google Fiber and Windstream, to have better speed consistency and significantly faster upload speeds. Additionally, these providers are likely to have lower starting prices for gig service than Spectrum.

High-speed internet availability in Charlotte, NC

Free Wi-Fi hotspots around Charlotte

If you’re looking for free internet in Charlotte, there are places around the city that offer free public Wi-Fi. Remember to use caution when connecting to a public Wi-Fi and avoid entering passwords or viewing sensitive information online

Where to find public Wi-Fi in Charlotte:

  • Any Charlotte-Mecklenburg public library location
  • Romare Bearden Park, BB&T Ballpark
  • Bank of America Stadium
  • Various coffee shops and cafes around the Charlotte area including Starbucks, Amelie’s Bakery, Hex Coffee, Mugs Coffee and The Hobbyist
  • Restaurants including Viva Chicken, Trio, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Fuel Pizza and Beef & Bottle Restaurant

AT&T and Spectrum internet subscribers can also take advantage of free Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the Charlotte area and beyond. To access the free Wi-Fi hotspots, you’ll need your account login information.

Charlotte internet FAQs

What internet can I get in Charlotte?

Spectrum, AT&T, Windstream and Google Fiber are the largest internet providers in the Charlotte area. Spectrum and AT&T are available throughout the city while Windstream and Google Fiber availability is limited to select areas.

Yes. In fact, fiber is available to 75% of city residents thanks to broad coverage from providers such as AT&T, Google Fiber and Windstream. Fiber optic internet is a popular choice in Charlotte due to its speed reliability, fast upload speeds and competitive pricing.

AT&T has the lowest-priced internet plan in Charlotte, offering speeds up to 100 Mbps starting at $35/mo. Windstream is another low-priced provider with plans starting at $37/mo.* With starting prices at $49.99/mo., Spectrum is a bit higher-priced, but their lowest plan comes with speeds up to 200 Mbps and equipment rental costs are only an additional $5/mo.

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