Compare Internet Services in North Carolina (NC)

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Internet Speed and Connection in North Carolina


Percentage with access to 100 Mbps download or faster


Percentage with access to
1 Gbps download or faster


37 Mbps

Average Speed

Average Mbps download speed

Top 3 Metro Locations in North Carolina

Being close to a metro area means that you might have access to a larger pool of fast internet options. Below are the top 3 metro locations per state.

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia – Population 2,569,213

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News – Population 1,728,733

Raleigh – Population 1,362,540

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North Carolina breakdown of Internet coverage

The largest metro area in North Carolina is Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia with a population of 2,569,213.00. This is followed by the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metro area, with a population of 1,728,733.00. This matters because according to the FCC data, areas with the highest population density tend to offer higher speeds and have access to more Internet providers.

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Data from FCC Broadband Deployment

Number of fixed residential broadband providers


Coverage by Internet type

92% get DSL

92% get Cable

34% get Fiber

100% get Satellite

Broadband government information

The e-NC Authority will continue to track broadband policy issues for the state, educate state leaders about broadband usage and deployment, serve as a technical resource to state organizations, preserve partnerships with local level broadband technology programs and the Indian Commission, and maintain strong relationships with broadband Internet service providers.

NC Internet news

As part of a longstanding project to connect essential community anchor institutions across the country, and facilitate closer collaboration and long-term benefits for education, research, healthcare, public safety, and government services, the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID) proposes a comprehensive 50-state network benefitting approximately 121,000 community anchors.

Most popular cities with Internet around North Carolina

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