The small town of Boone is significantly influenced by the college student population. Residents tend to be low-income and well-educated. Almost 65% of the community lives at or below the federal poverty line. Many ride the bus to work. Boone residents use their internet to continue education goals and connect with family and friends. 100% of Boone residents can access high-speed internet, compared with 91% of all North Carolina residents.
Charter provides cable connection to 100% of Boone residents. DSL is offered to 91% of the area from AT&T. In addition, fiber optics are starting to make an appearance with Time Warner Spectrum offering the service to 1% of Boone homes along Rte. 421. This is likely to expand overtime.
Fiber optics are more prevalent in the business internet space. Level 3 Communications reaches 9% of area commercial enterprises while MCNC reaches 2%.