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Internet providers in 28601

Find internet providers serving the 28601 area. Compare plan pricing and speeds from fiber-optic, cable and DSL providers.

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28601 internet providers

Provider
Spectrum $49.99 300 - 1,000 Mbps **Cable100%
CenturyLink $50.00 *** 10 - 940 MbpsDSL99%
CenturyLink $50.00 *** 10 - 940 MbpsFiber-optic2.090%
HughesNet $64.99 25 - 25 MbpsSatellite100%
BendBroadband - 300 - 1,000 MbpsWireless100%
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28601 internet service at a glance

At 100%, broadband coverage in the 28601 ZIP code 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 28601 ZIP will have access to cable, which covers 100% of households. DSL internet is also an option for many, offering service to 4.440% of the area. No fiber-optic 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 28601 area, and 99.86% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among seven internet providers in 28601, 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
Spectrum 68 Mbps 11 Mbps Cable
CenturyLink 14 Mbps 6 Mbps DSL

Top high-speed internet providers in 28601

The largest internet providers serving the 28601 ZIP code are Spectrum, CenturyLink, and HughesNet bringing cable, DSL, and satellite options to the area.

Cable internet from Spectrum is available to nearly all in the 28601 ZIP code, covering 100% of households. Many will also have the option of DSL from CenturyLink, which covers 99% of the area. Hickory’s third most-available internet provider, HughesNet, offers satellite to around 100% of residents in the 28601 ZIP code.

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 the 28601 ZIP code, covering 100% of the area.

Spectrum’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but 28601 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 28601 ZIP code. 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

99%

DSL from CenturyLink offers broadband to all households in the 28601 ZIP code, covering 99% of the area.

DSL internet from CenturyLink uses telephone lines 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 28601 ZIP code. These download speeds are available to 99% 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 the 28601 ZIP code, covering 100% of the area.

HughesNet satellite internet offers reliable connection throughout the 28601 ZIP 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 28601 ZIP code. 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 providers in 28601 frequently asked questions

Spectrum is the fastest internet provider in the 28601 ZIP code with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps*. These speeds are available to 100% of households in 28601. The next fastest internet provider in the 28601 ZIP code is BendBroadband, offering download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to 100% of the area.

Spectrum offers the cheapest internet in the 28601 ZIP with service 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 serving the 28601 ZIP code, covering 2.090% of the city.

Fiber and cable internet are similar internet service types, but fiber offers a few advantages over cable. Fiber internet can deliver faster upload and download speeds than cable in most areas, and is less vulnerable to slowed speeds during peak usage times. Cable does have the advantage over fiber in terms of availability, covering 89% of U.S. households compared to fiber’s 38%.

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.

If you suspect your slow speeds are the result of your internet provider throttling your connection, the easiest way to determine if you’re being throttled is to perform two speed tests. Run the first test on your regular network, then run the second one on a VPN. If the two speeds are drastically different (and the VPN test was higher), your internet provider may be throttling your speeds.