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Internet providers in Hickory, NC

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Hickory, NC internet providers

Provider
Spectrum $49.99 300 - 1,000 Mbps **Cable100%
CenturyLink $50.00 *** 10 - 940 MbpsDSL95%
CenturyLink $50.00 *** 10 - 940 MbpsFiber-optic1.106%
HughesNet $64.99 25 - 25 MbpsSatellite100%
BendBroadband - 300 - 1,000 MbpsWireless100%
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Hickory internet service at a glance

At 100%, broadband coverage in Hickory is comparable to the rest of North Carolina - 99%, and comparable to broadband coverage across the U.S. - 95%.

The vast majority of those living in the Hickory area will have access to cable, which covers 100% of Hickory residents. Fiber-optic internet is also an option for many, offering service to 3.160% of the area. No DSL providers are currently available in Hickory, but satellite or fixed-wireless providers may offer broadband options in your area.

There are seven internet providers serving the Hickory area, and 96.94% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Hickory's seven internet providers, prices start at $45 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

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Average internet speeds in Hickory

ProviderDownload speedUpload speedInternet type
CenturyLink 23 Mbps 8 Mbps DSL
Spectrum 84 Mbps 10 Mbps Cable

Top high-speed internet providers in Hickory

The largest internet providers in Hickory are Spectrum, CenturyLink, and HughesNet bringing cable, DSL, and satellite options to Hickory.

Cable internet from Spectrum is available to nearly all Hickory residents, covering 100% of households. Many will also have the option of DSL from CenturyLink, which covers 95% of the area. Hickory’s third most-available internet provider, HughesNet, offers satellite to around 100% of Hickory residents.

Spectrum cable internet

Provider
Spectrum
Starting price*
$49.99/mo.
Max download speed

1,000 Mbps**

(wireless speeds may vary)

Max upload speed

20 Mbps

Average availability

100%

Cable from Spectrum offers broadband to all households in Hickory covering 100% of the area.

Spectrum’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Hickory residents in densely populated areas may experience slowed speeds during peak usage times.

Internet prices for Spectrum start at $49.99/mo.*, which is lower than the average starting price for internet in Hickory, $58.74.

Spectrum customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 300 Mbps**, which comes to an estimated $0.17 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Hickory, $0.77.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Spectrum offers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps** and upload speeds up to 20 Mbps in Hickory. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Hickory's providers, 112 Mbps.

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CenturyLink DSL internet

Provider
CenturyLink
Starting price*
$50/mo.
Max download speed

940 Mbps

Max upload speed

10 Mbps

Average availability

95%

DSL from CenturyLink offers broadband to nearly all households in Hickory covering 95% of the area.

DSL internet from CenturyLink uses telephone lines in Hickory to deliver service, which often leads to lower prices and higher availability, though download speeds are likely to be slower than cable or fiber-optic internet.

Internet prices for CenturyLink start at $50/mo.*, which is lower than the average starting price for internet in Hickory, $58.74.

CenturyLink customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 10 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $5.00 per Mbps, significantly higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Hickory, $0.77.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, CenturyLink offers download speeds up to 940 Mbps and upload speeds up to 10 Mbps in Hickory. These download speeds are available to 95% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Hickory's providers, 112 Mbps.

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HughesNet satellite internet

Provider
HughesNet
Starting price*
$64.99/mo.
Max download speed

25 Mbps

Max upload speed

3 Mbps

Average availability

100%

Satellite from HughesNet offers broadband to all households in Hickory covering 100% of the area.

HughesNet satellite internet offers reliable connection in areas of Hickory where other internet types may not be available, but service is likely to come with low monthly data allowances and high latency, making streaming binges and real-time online gaming impractical.

Internet prices for HughesNet start at $64.99/mo.*, which is higher than the average starting price for internet in Hickory, $58.74.

HughesNet customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 25 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $2.60 per Mbps, higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Hickory, $0.77.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, HughesNet offers download speeds up to 25 Mbps and upload speeds up to 3 Mbps in Hickory. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are slightly slower than the average max speeds from all Hickory's providers, 112 Mbps.

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Internet provider frequently asked questions

Spectrum is the fastest internet provider in Hickory with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps*. These speeds are available to 100% of households in Hickory. The next fastest internet provider in Hickory is BendBroadband, offering download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to 100% of the area.

Spectrum offers the cheapest internet in Hickory with plans starting at $49.99/mo. This is slightly less than the average starting price for internet in Hickory, $58.74.

CenturyLink is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Hickory, covering 1.106% of the city.

Download speeds of 25 Mbps and above are considered broadband speeds, and can handle most online activities including streaming and gaming. For households with multiple devices using a Wi-Fi connection, speeds of 100 Mbps and higher are likely to offer a better online experience. Learn more about what speeds are best for your home.

Downgrading services or cutting extras, such as Wi-Fi extenders or premium tech support, can lower your monthly internet bill. You can also try to negotiate with your internet provider for a lower rate. Switching internet providers and bundling internet with other services is another common way to lower internet costs.

Upgrading your internet plan or switching to a new provider that offers faster internet service is the best way to get significantly faster speeds, but that will likely also come with a price increase. To get faster internet without changing your plan or provider, upgrade your internet equipment or reduce the number of devices connected to your network.