Internet providers in Hickory, NC

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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. DSL internet is also an option for many, offering service to 97% of the area. Fiber-optic is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 1.110% of those living in Hickory.

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 $49 and available download speeds reach up to 300 Mbps.

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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

300 Mbps

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 about the same as the average starting price for internet in Hickory, $52.25.

Spectrum customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 60 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.83 per Mbps, lower than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Hickory, $2.09.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Spectrum offers download speeds up to 300 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, 134 Mbps.

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CenturyLink DSL internet

Provider
CenturyLink
Starting price*
$49/mo.
Max download speed

100 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 $49/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Hickory, $52.25.

CenturyLink customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 12 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $4.08 per Mbps, higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Hickory, $2.09.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, CenturyLink offers download speeds up to 100 Mbps and upload speeds up to 10 Mbps in Hickory. These download speeds are available to 95% of the area, and are about the same as the average max speeds from all Hickory's providers, 134 Mbps.

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HughesNet satellite internet

Provider
HughesNet
Starting price*
$59.99/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 $59.99/mo.*, which is higher than the average starting price for internet in Hickory, $52.25.

HughesNet customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 2 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $30.00 per Mbps, significantly higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Hickory, $2.09.

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 much slower than the average max speeds from all Hickory's providers, 134 Mbps.

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Hickory, NC internet providers

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Provider
Spectrum $49.99/mo. 60 - 300 Mbps Cable 100%
CenturyLink $49/mo. 12 - 100 Mbps DSL 95%
CenturyLink $49/mo. 12 - 100 Mbps Fiber-optic 1.106%
HughesNet $59.99/mo. 2 - 25 Mbps Satellite 100%
ViaSat, Inc. $50/mo. 12 - 12 Mbps Satellite 100%
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Internet provider frequently asked questions

Spectrum is the fastest internet provider in Hickory with download speeds up to 300 Mbps. These speeds are available to 100% of households in Hickory. The next fastest internet provider in Hickory is CenturyLink, offering download speeds up to 100 Mbps to 95% of the area.

CenturyLink offers the cheapest internet in Hickory with plans starting at $49/mo. This is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Hickory, $52.25.

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

There are many factors that can influence internet speed. In many cases, restarting your router will resolve speed and connectivity issues. Other factors, such as peak usage times and speed throttling can also cause temporary speed issues.

Monthly costs for internet can range from $20 to $60, depending on which providers are available in your area. Added fees for Wi-Fi service and equipment can add to that cost, but your internet provider may give you the option to use your own router, which can lower the monthly internet cost.

Speeds of 10 Mbps and higher are good for gaming, but what you really want to consider when choosing an internet service for gaming is latency, or ping. Latency is the measure of how long it takes for your device to communicate with the server and is the main contributor to lag. The higher the ping, the more likely you are to experience lagging. Shoot for an internet service with latency below 100 ms.