Internet Service Providers in
Durham, NC

Providers in Durham, NC

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Speeds up to8000 Mbps
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Fiber Internet 70% coverage in Durham, NC Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
Speeds up to5000 Mbps
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Fiber Internet 45% coverage in Durham, NC Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
Speeds up to1000 Mbps
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Cable Internet 99% coverage in Durham, NC Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
Speeds up to300 Mbps
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5G Home Internet 99% coverage in Durham, NC Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
Speeds up to150 Mbps
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Satellite Internet 96% coverage in Durham, NC Thumbs Up Somewhat reliable
Speeds up to100 Mbps
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Satellite Internet 99% coverage in Durham, NC Thumbs Up Somewhat reliable
Speeds up to5000 Mbps
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DSL & Fiber Internet 99% coverage in Durham, NC Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
Speeds up to940 Mbps
DSL & Fiber Internet 99% coverage in Durham, NC Reliability data not available
Speeds up to245 Mbps
5G Home Internet 77% coverage in Durham, NC Reliability data not available
Speeds up to10 Mbps
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Fixed Wireless Internet 99% coverage in Durham, NC Reliability data not available
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Speeds up to10000 Mbps
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Fiber Internet 50% coverage in Durham, NC Reliability data not available
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Mobile Internet Available in Durham, NC Reliability data not available
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Mobile Internet Available in Durham, NC Reliability data not available
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Durham, NC provider recommendations

Google Fiber: Fastest option

Google Fiber Internet pros and cons

pro
Pros
pro Fast fiber up to 8Gbps
pro No contracts
pro Free installation
con
Cons
con No budget plans
con Not widely available

If you want fast fiber and furious fiber, you’re in luck. The elusive Google Fiber and its 8Gbps maximum speeds are available in Durham.

Google Fiber can only be found only at certain addresses. Plans also vary depending on where you live; the fastest options aren’t available for all homes—but that’s okay because Google Fiber’s 1Gbps plan is the perfect pick. It costs $70 per month and gives you enough bandwidth to cover pretty much anything you throw at it.

You can’t get fiber without a fiber line, so be prepared for some yard digging. But hey, the installation is free.

Best Google Fiber internet plan for most people: 1 Gig, 100Mbps for $70.00/mo.

A gig is Google Fiber’s minimum, and since that’s about twice as much speed as a residence needs, you’re all set and then some. You can play high-res video games, stream in 4K (maybe even 8K), take 100-person conference calls, and set up the fanciest home security cameras you can find.

Spectrum: Most perks included

Spectrum Internet pros and cons

pro
Pros
pro Lower promo prices than competitors
pro Spectrum Mobile deals
pro Free antivirus and modem with some plans
con
Cons
con Monthly router fee
con Price hikes after a year

If you want to get the most out of your internet subscription, consider signing up for Spectrum home internet.

Spectrum’s cable service includes free antivirus software, a modem, and a 12-month Unlimited Mobile line on qualifying plans. It doesn’t offer a free router, though—if you want Wi-Fi instead of Ethernet, you need to either rent a Spectrum router or provide a compatible device. But you can partially offset the cost of the router by signing up for Spectrum’s autopay, which nets you a discount.

Spectrum prices start low, but users experience price hikes after 12 months. While the price hikes are modest compared to some, your service area determines the exact amount.

Best Spectrum internet plan for most people: Internet Ultra, 500Mbps for $44.99/mo.

The Internet Ultra plan has more than enough megabits per second for typical internet use. You can work at home for a healthcare company by day, then stream movies and play games by night, all with minimal lag and buffering.

T-Mobile 5G Home Internet: Solid starter option

T-Mobile 5G Home Internet pros and cons

pro
Pros
pro One price
pro No data caps or contracts
pro Wireless service
con
Cons
con Slower than other providers
con One plan only

If this is your first internet rodeo and you want to start with a straightforward service, T-Mobile 5G Home Internet is a good fit. The wireless, 5G network-based setup is painless. And while there’s just one plan to choose from, there’s also only one price, and it’s a good one: $50 a month.

T-Mobile 5G Internet has no data caps, so feel free to stream Bull Durham repeatedly in 4K while Alexa reads you a recipe for homemade biscuits. And there are no contracts either, so if you find the 245Mbps max isn’t enough, you can easily cancel your no-contract service and switch to something else.

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

While a 245Mbps max speed is low compared to some other internet options, you can complete most online tasks with no problems unless you have a bigger-than-average household. Just stay away from downloading long movies from your favorite streaming service.

Google Fiber
Google Fiber
pro Speeds up to 8000 Mbps
pro Fiber connections
ATT
AT&T
pro Speeds up to 5000 Mbps
pro Fiber connections

Tech type availability in Durham, NC

Fiber availability

61%

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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

95%

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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

98%

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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
Durham, 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
Google Fiber
8000 MbpsFiber
Frontier
5000 MbpsFiber

Internet availability faster than 100Mbps by region

Durham

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
Durham, NC

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Average download speed

145 Mbps
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Average upload speed

62 Mbps
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Average latency time

27 ms

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