Internet Service Providers in
Charlotte, NC

Providers in Charlotte, NC

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Fiber Internet 70% coverage in Charlotte, NC Reliability data not available
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Fiber Internet 58% coverage in Charlotte, NC Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
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Fiber Internet 65% coverage in Charlotte, NC Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
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Fiber Internet 91% coverage in Charlotte, NC Thumbs Up Somewhat reliable
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Cable Internet 99% coverage in Charlotte, NC Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
Speeds up to245 Mbps
5G Home Internet 86% coverage in Charlotte, NC Reliability data not available
Speeds up to150 Mbps
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Satellite Internet 93% coverage in Charlotte, NC Thumbs Up Somewhat reliable
Speeds up to300 Mbps
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5G Home Internet 99% coverage in Charlotte, NC Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
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DSL Internet 52% coverage in Charlotte, NC Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
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Satellite Internet 99% coverage in Charlotte, NC Thumbs Up Somewhat reliable
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Fiber Internet 86% coverage in Charlotte, NC Reliability data not available
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Fiber Internet 62% coverage in Charlotte, NC Reliability data not available
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Fiber Internet 50% coverage in Charlotte, NC Reliability data not available
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DSL & Fiber Internet 43% coverage in Charlotte, NC Reliability data not available
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Fiber Internet 4% coverage in Charlotte, NC Reliability data not available
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Charlotte, NC provider recommendations

Google Fiber: Best internet for most people

Google Fiber pros and cons

pro
Pros
pro Fastest and most reliable internet
pro Symmetrical upload/download speeds
pro No contracts or fees
con
Cons
con Not available everywhere
con Not the cheapest

Google Fiber is only available in a select few cities, and Charlotte is one of them. This is great news because Google’s internet service offers the fastest, most reliable internet around at a very reasonable price point. Plus, the company scores high for customer service and doesn’t have any annoying fees or contracts.

While Google Fiber isn’t available for every household in Charlotte, it is quickly expanding. The company has announced that it’s expanding service to nearby areas, like Huntersville, as well.

Best Google Fiber internet plan for most people: 1 Gig Internet for $70.00/mo.

Google Fiber’s lowest tier plan is more powerful than most top-shelf plans from other companies. It gives you 1,000Mbps of symmetrical download/upload speed, which is more than enough bandwidth for a medium-large household that streams, games, and works-from-home. At $70, it’s not the cheapest plan, but there are no annoying fees, and you’ll get a Nest Wi-Fi Pro modem-router for free.

AT&T Internet: Most bang for your buck

AT&T Internet pros and cons

pro
Pros
pro Lots of plans to choose from
pro Cheaper fiber plans available in some areas
pro Good availability
con
Cons
con Fiber not available in many areas
con DSL plans are slow and have data caps

AT&T Internet is one of Charlotte’s biggest internet providers. It offers two different kinds of service, depending on your location: fiber or DSL. AT&T’s fiber internet service is very fast, reliable, and affordable. Meanwhile, the DSL service is rather slow and clunky.

For those who can get AT&T’s fiber internet, it’s a great deal. There are several plans to choose from that are cheaper than Google Fiber, while still offering most of the same benefits. But, AT&T’s DSL service is a little bit too slow and expensive to be worth it for most customers. (If you’re looking for an alternative, check out the T-Mobile 5G Home Internet service below.)

Best AT&T Internet plan for most people: AT&T Internet 300, 300Mbps for $55.00/mo.

Spectrum Internet: Best low-price cable internet plans

pro
Pros
pro Very fast download speed
pro Low prices
pro No contracts or data caps
con
Cons
con Not as fast or reliable as fiber internet

If you can’t get fiber internet (because of availability or price), then cable internet is probably your next best option. With Spectrum Internet in Charlotte, you can get superfast download speeds that are perfect for big households that have a lot of devices streaming at once.

Spectrum’s prices are not quite as low as we’d like, but they are still fair. If you’re interested in bundling your TV and internet services together in Charlotte, you may be able to save a few dollars a month with Spectrum.

Best Spectrum Internet plan for most people: Internet Ultra, up to 500Mbps for $69.99/mo.

Spectrum’s Internet Ultra plan is a good mix of performance and value. With 500Mbps, no data cap, and no contract, it offers plenty of power for most households. At $69.99, it’s still cheaper than some of the pricier fiber internet plans in Charlotte.

T-Mobile 5G Home Internet: Ideal for smaller households

T-Mobile Internet pros and cons

pro
Pros
pro Straight-forward prices and policies
pro Easy to install yourself
pro Low prices and no contracts
con
Cons
con Not as fast as cable or fiber
con Speed and reliability may vary

If you don’t live in an area with superfast fiber internet (or you don’t want to pay for it), then T-Mobile 5G Home Internet is a great alternative. It’s available in many more rural areas and offers a wireless connection that’s fast enough for most small apartments and households.

With T-Mobile, you get straightforward prices with no hidden fees or sneaky contracts. You can install the service yourself without shelling out for a professional. While 5G Home Internet can’t compete with wired fiber and cable connections, it is often even faster than DSL connections.

Best T-Mobile 5G Home Internet plan for most people: $50 home internet, 72–245Mbps for $50.00/mo.

T-Mobile Home Internet has just one plan for everyone. Thankfully, it’s a very solid offering. You’ll get 72 to 245Mbps speeds for just $50 a month, with no data caps or hidden fees. It’s a great option for couples or small families who just want to marathon their Netflix at night and scroll through Instagram when they should be doing their chores.

Google Fi
Google Fiber Webpass
pro Speeds up to 1000 Mbps
pro Fiber connections
Google Fiber
Google Fiber
pro Speeds up to 5000 Mbps
pro Fiber connections

Tech type availability in Charlotte, NC

Fiber availability

67%

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Renowned for its reliability, fiber can reach download and upload speeds up to 10,000Mbps. While it isn’t available everywhere, it’s the best internet you can get.

Cable availability

100%

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Cable is bread-and-butter internet—widely available, often affordable, and very fast, delivering download speeds that range anywhere from 25Mbps to 1,200Mbps.

DSL availability

70%

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DSL maxes out at 100Mbps, but many DSL customers get much slower speeds than that. DSL is becoming obsolete, but it’s still a solid option in rural areas.

Satellite availability

95%

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Satellite is available practically everywhere, even in the most remote parts of the country. It’s costly and comes with strict data limits and slow speeds, so use it as a last resort.

Fastest internet plans and providers in
Charlotte, NC

The fastest internet providers can get you gigabit or even multi-gigabit speeds. Not everyone needs a 1,000Mbps connection or faster, but it’s worth the investment if you’re a power user or live in a large household.

Provider
Max Download Speed
Connection Type
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Hotwire Communications
10000 MbpsFiber
Easy Internet Now
5000 MbpsFiber
Earthlink
5000 MbpsFiber

Internet availability faster than 100Mbps by region

Charlotte

100%

North Carolina

96%

How much speed do you need?

Take a look below at what you can do with different speeds commonly offered by internet service providers (ISPs). You can read more about the average user’s speed needs in our internet speed guide.

Internet Speed
No. of people
No. of devices
Activities
5–25Mbps 1–2 1–5 Casual web browsing • Emails • Social media • Streaming SD video • Streaming music
25–50Mbps 2–4 4–7 Streaming HD and 4K video • Streaming music • Online gaming • Light work from home
50–100Mbps 4–6 7–10 Streaming 4K video • Online gaming • Working from home • Using home security devices
100–500Mbps 6+ 10+ Streaming 4K video • Online gaming • Running a home office • Using home security and smart home devices
500–1,000Mbps 10+ 15+ Running a home office or creative profession • Streaming in 4K • Live streaming • Online gaming • Using home security and smart home devices

To get these numbers, we used the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadband speed guide, our streaming internet speed guide, and our Zoom internet speed guide.

Internet provider averages in
Charlotte, NC

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Average download speed

139 Mbps
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Average upload speed

58 Mbps
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Average latency time

29 ms

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