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Internet providers in Hillsborough, NC

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Hillsborough, NC internet providers

Provider
Spectrum $49.99 300 - 1,000 Mbps **Cable100%
CenturyLink $50.00 *** 10 - 940 MbpsDSL90%
CenturyLink $50.00 *** 10 - 940 MbpsFiber-optic10%
HughesNet $64.99 25 - 25 MbpsSatellite100%
Viasat $69.99 12 - 150 MbpsSatellite100%
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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 58% of the area. Fiber-optic is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 9.280% 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 $49.99 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

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Average internet speeds in Hillsborough

ProviderDownload speedUpload speedInternet type
Viasat 26 Mbps 1 Mbps Satellite
Spectrum 164 Mbps 13 Mbps Cable
CenturyLink 43 Mbps 26 Mbps DSL

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

1,000 Mbps**

(wireless speeds may vary)

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 lower than the average starting price for internet in Hillsborough, $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 Hillsborough, $0.66.

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 Hillsborough. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Hillsborough's providers, 359 Mbps.

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CenturyLink DSL internet

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

940 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 $50/mo.*, which is lower than the average starting price for internet in Hillsborough, $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 Hillsborough, $0.66.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, CenturyLink offers download speeds up to 940 Mbps and upload speeds up to 40 Mbps in Hillsborough. These download speeds are available to 90% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Hillsborough's providers, 359 Mbps.

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CenturyLink fiber-optic internet

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

940 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 $50/mo.*, which is lower than the average starting price for internet in Hillsborough, $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 Hillsborough, $0.66.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, CenturyLink offers download speeds up to 940 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 offers 100% availability in Hillsborough and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are higher than average in Hillsborough at $64.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Viasat starting prices are significantly higher than average in Hillsborough at $69.99/mo. for speeds up to 150 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many Hillsborough residents, however, as service typically comes with high latency and low data allowances.

Internet provider frequently asked questions

Spectrum is the fastest internet provider in Hillsborough with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps*. These speeds are available to 100% of households in Hillsborough. The next fastest internet provider in Hillsborough is CenturyLink, offering download speeds up to 940 Mbps to 90% of the area.

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

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

Each video streaming service has varying recommended speeds, but speeds up to 10 Mbps will often handle streaming on one device. For HD and 4K streaming, consider faster speeds of at least 25 Mbps to reduce buffering and maintain optimal picture quality.

The only broadband internet type that requires a phone line is DSL and dial-up, which use phone lines to deliver service. Other internet types, such as cable, fiber-optic and satellite, require no phone line for broadband service.

Wi-Fi extenders are handy when your router can’t project a strong signal to everywhere in your home that you need it. Your internet provider may offer Wi-Fi extenders for an added monthly cost, or you can purchase one online or from most electronics retailers.