Internet providers in Hillsborough, NC

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Hillsborough internet service at a glance

At 100%, broadband coverage in Hillsborough 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 Hillsborough area will have access to cable, which covers 100% of Hillsborough residents. DSL internet is also an option for many, offering service to 99% of the area. Fiber-optic is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 10% of those living in Hillsborough.

There are four internet providers serving the Hillsborough area, and 99.88% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Hillsborough's four internet providers, prices start at $49 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

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Top high-speed internet providers in Hillsborough

The largest internet providers in Hillsborough are Spectrum and CenturyLink bringing cable, DSL, and fiber-optic options to Hillsborough.

Cable internet from Spectrum is available to nearly all Hillsborough residents, covering 100% of households. Many will also have the option of DSL from CenturyLink, which covers 90% of the area. Hillsborough’s third most-available internet provider, CenturyLink, offers fiber-optic to around 10% of Hillsborough 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 Hillsborough covering 100% of the area.

Spectrum’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Hillsborough 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 Hillsborough, $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 Hillsborough, $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 Hillsborough. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are slightly slower than the average max speeds from all Hillsborough's providers, 359 Mbps.

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CenturyLink DSL internet

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

100 Mbps

Max upload speed

40 Mbps

Average availability

90%

DSL from CenturyLink offers broadband to nearly all households in Hillsborough covering 90% of the area.

DSL internet from CenturyLink uses telephone lines in Hillsborough 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 Hillsborough, $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 Hillsborough, $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 40 Mbps in Hillsborough. These download speeds are available to 90% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Hillsborough's providers, 359 Mbps.

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CenturyLink fiber-optic internet

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

1,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

1,000 Mbps

Average availability

10%

Fiber-optic from CenturyLink offers broadband to a limited number of households in Hillsborough covering 10% of the area.

Fiber-optic service from CenturyLink is popular for its fast download and upload speeds, even during peak usage times, but may be less available throughout Hillsborough than other internet types.

Internet prices for CenturyLink start at $49/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Hillsborough, $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 Hillsborough, $2.09.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, CenturyLink offers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1,000 Mbps in Hillsborough. These download speeds are available to 10% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Hillsborough's providers, 359 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

If you live in the heart of Hillsborough, you’ll likely have options from cable, DSL, and fiber-optic internet providers. For those in rural areas or just outside Hillsborough, however, satellite or fixed wireless internet may be the best internet option.

Satellite internet from HughesNet and ViaSat, Inc. offers 100% availability in Hillsborough and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are higher than average in Hillsborough at $59.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. The starting price for ViaSat, Inc. plans is about average for Hillsborough at $50/mo. for speeds up to 12 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many Hillsborough residents, however, as service typically comes with high latency and low data allowances.

Hillsborough, NC internet providers

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Provider
Spectrum $49.99/mo. 60 - 300 Mbps Cable 100%
CenturyLink $49/mo. 12 - 1,000 Mbps Fiber-optic 10%
CenturyLink $49/mo. 12 - 100 Mbps DSL 90%
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

CenturyLink is the fastest internet provider in Hillsborough with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 10% of households in Hillsborough. The next fastest internet provider in Hillsborough is Spectrum, offering download speeds up to 300 Mbps to 100% of the area.

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

CenturyLink is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Hillsborough, covering 10% of the city.

Cable internet will nearly always offer faster speeds than DSL, but typically at a higher price point. So if you’re shopping for cheap internet plans, DSL may be your better option but if you want speed, consider cable internet.

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.

No matter where you live, your address is likely serviceable for satellite internet from providers such as HughesNet and Viasat. You will probably also have the option of at least one cable provider, such as Cox, Spectrum and Xfinity, and DSL providers such as Frontier and Verizon. Roughly a third of households will be eligible for fiber internet from AT&T, CenturyLink, Windstream or other providers.