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Internet providers in Wake Forest, NC

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Wake Forest, NC internet providers

Provider
AT&T $55.00 10 - 5,000 MbpsFiber-optic2.319%
Spectrum $49.99 300 - 1,000 Mbps **Cable100%
CenturyLink $50.00 *** 10 - 940 MbpsDSL72%
CenturyLink $50.00 *** 10 - 940 MbpsFiber-optic21%
Windstream - 200 - 2,000 MbpsDSL5.329%
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Wake Forest internet service at a glance

At 100%, broadband coverage in Wake Forest 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 Wake Forest area will have access to cable, which covers 100% of Wake Forest residents. Fiber-optic internet is also an option for many, offering service to 37% of the area. DSL is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 14% of those living in Wake Forest.

There are six internet providers serving the Wake Forest area, and 89.79% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Wake Forest's six internet providers, prices start at $49.99 and available download speeds reach up to 5,000 Mbps.

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Average internet speeds in Wake Forest

ProviderDownload speedUpload speedInternet type
Spectrum 149 Mbps 13 Mbps Cable
AT&T 246 Mbps 101 Mbps Fiber-optic
Windstream 195 Mbps 170 Mbps DSL
CenturyLink 92 Mbps 63 Mbps DSL

Top high-speed internet providers in Wake Forest

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

Cable internet from Spectrum is available to nearly all Wake Forest residents, covering 100% of households. Many will also have the option of DSL from CenturyLink, which covers 72% of the area. Wake Forest’s third most-available internet provider, CenturyLink, offers fiber-optic to around 21% of Wake Forest 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 Wake Forest covering 100% of the area.

Spectrum’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Wake Forest 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 Wake Forest, $57.99.

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 Wake Forest, $0.79.

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 Wake Forest. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Wake Forest's providers, 487 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

72%

DSL from CenturyLink offers broadband to most households in Wake Forest covering 72% of the area.

DSL internet from CenturyLink uses telephone lines in Wake Forest 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 Wake Forest, $57.99.

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 Wake Forest, $0.79.

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 Wake Forest. These download speeds are available to 72% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Wake Forest's providers, 487 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

21%

Fiber-optic from CenturyLink offers broadband to some, but not many households in Wake Forest covering 21% 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 Wake Forest than other internet types.

Internet prices for CenturyLink start at $50/mo.*, which is lower than the average starting price for internet in Wake Forest, $57.99.

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 Wake Forest, $0.79.

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 Wake Forest. These download speeds are available to 21% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Wake Forest's providers, 487 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

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

Satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat offers 100% availability in Wake Forest and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are higher than average in Wake Forest at $64.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Viasat starting prices are significantly higher than average in Wake Forest at $69.99/mo. for speeds up to 150 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many Wake Forest residents, however, as service typically comes with high latency and low data allowances.

Internet provider frequently asked questions

AT&T is the fastest internet provider in Wake Forest with download speeds up to 5,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 2.319% of households in Wake Forest. The next fastest internet provider in Wake Forest is Windstream, offering download speeds up to 2,000 Mbps to 5.329% of the area.

Spectrum offers the cheapest internet in Wake Forest with plans starting at $49.99/mo. This is slightly less than the average starting price for internet in Wake Forest, $57.99.

CenturyLink is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Wake Forest, covering 21% of the city. AT&T also offers fiber internet in Wake Forest and is available to 2.319% of households.

Available providers vary by address, but your location is likely serviceable for cable and DSL internet. Fiber internet may also be an internet option, but this technology is typically found in larger cities. Those living in rural areas not serviceable for cable, DSL or fiber internet may find satellite or fixed wireless internet to be their only options.

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.

Resetting your router and optimizing your router settings can give you an instant speed boost. Consider Wi-Fi extenders if your signal is weaker in certain areas of your home. Also, be sure to check your Wi-Fi network to see if there are any unknown devices or users connected that could be slowing your network.