Internet providers in Charlotte, NC

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1. AT&T
99% available in Charlotte
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
2. EarthLink
62% available in Charlotte
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

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3. Windstream
19% available in Charlotte
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
4. Spectrum
99% available in Charlotte
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)

Speed based on wired connection. Available Internet speeds may vary by address. Gig capable modem required for Gig speed.

5. Viasat
99% available in Charlotte
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
6. HughesNet
99% available in Charlotte
Connection:
Geo Satellite & Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
7. Pineville Communication Systems
35% available in Charlotte
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
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1. Suddenlink Communications
Available in Charlotte
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
940Mbps

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2. Viasat
99% available in Charlotte
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
3. Ooma
50% available in Charlotte
Connection:
Wireless LTE
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
4. Zayo Group
8% available in Charlotte
Connection:
DSL, Fiber, Fixed Wireless & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
5. MCNC
Available in Charlotte
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
6. RST Global Communications
Available in Charlotte
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. Verizon Wireless
Available in Charlotte
Connection:
Mobile
Verizon Wireless
4GLTE

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2. T-Mobile
Available in Charlotte
Connection:
Mobile
T-Mobile
4GLTE

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3. AT&T Wireless
Available in Charlotte
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T Wireless
5G

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How much internet speed do I need?

5+ Mbps

  • Regular browsing
  • Music streaming
  • Ideal for 1 person

10+ Mbps

  • HD video streaming
  • Casual gaming
  • Ideal for 1-2 people

20+ Mbps

  • Ultra HD streaming
  • Frequent gaming
  • Ideal for 2-4 people

40+ Mbps

  • Simultaneous HD streaming
  • Simultaneous gaming
  • Ideal for 4+

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AT&T vs. Spectrum

Compare two of the best internet providers in Charlotte, NC. Find out which is right for you.

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Spectrum vs. Windstream

We pit Spectrum against Windstream to see which is the better internet provider in the Charlotte area.

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Google Fiber vs. AT&T

Which has the better fiber internet connection? We list the pros and cons, so you can make the best choice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which internet options are available to me in Charlotte, North Carolina?

AT&T, EarthLink, and Windstream provide fiber internet services with plans that reach up to 1,000 Mbps. They also have DSL internet if you don’t need a high-speed connection. Google Fiber is available in Charlotte as well, but it does not have DSL service.

Spectrum is the only cable internet provider in Charlotte, which also has a gigabit plan.

Viasat and HughesNet provide satellite internet if you live in areas where landlines don’t reach. They’re also a good option if you’re not happy with your landline options.

What is DSL?

Short for digital subscriber line, it’s a type of internet service that runs through phone lines, like dial-up. Unlike dial-up, DSL won’t occupy your phone connection, so you can still make and receive calls while online. DSL is also much faster than dial-up, reaching speeds up to 100 Mbps with some providers. DSL connections are usually cheaper than fiber or cable.

What is Google Fiber?

Google Fiber is a fiber-optic internet service operated by Google. Fiber cables use thin glass filaments to send laser or LED pulses that translate into data. Google Fiber supports 1,000 Mbps or 2,000 Mbps, depending on the plan.

What is AT&T Fiber?

AT&T Fiber is AT&T’s fastest internet service. It’s a fiber-optic service offering speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. 

What is Charter Communications?

Charter Communications is the company that owns and operates Spectrum. Charter used to provide internet service under its own name, but it bought Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in 2016 and merged the three under the Spectrum brand.

How much is Spectrum Internet?

Spectrum Internet® plans start at $49.99 per month for 12 months. Bundles with TV or phone service start at $57.98 per month for 12 months.

How fast is Spectrum Internet?

Spectrum Internet® plans range from 200 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps.

How much is AT&T Internet?

AT&T Internet starts at $35 per month for 12 months and costs up to $60 per month.

What is Spectrum Internet Assist?

Spectrum Internet Assist is a program that offers low-income households affordable internet service starting at $14.99 per month. The service comes with 30 Mbps internet, no data caps, and the option to add Wi-Fi for an additional $5.00 per month. You can sign up for this program if a member of your household receives benefits from the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or Supplemental Security Income.

What is Spectrum Home Wi-Fi?

Spectrum Home Wi-Fi is a fancy name for the Wi-Fi portion of your Spectrum Internet® plan. For $4.99 per month, you can use a router provided by Spectrum, or enable the Wi-Fi component in its wireless gateway.

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What is the best internet provider in Charlotte?

Internet Provider Types in Charlotte


Cable

100%
Coverage


DSL

97%
Coverage


Fiber

1%
Coverage

Internet Speed Availability in Charlotte


3 Mbps

100%
Availability


10 Mbps

100%
Availability


25 Mbps

100%
Availability

Broadband Internet Availability

(Internet faster than 25 Mbps)

100%
Charlotte
91%
North Carolina
79%
USA

Charlotte residential internet coverage

AT&T, Spectrum, and Google Fiber are the largest internet providers in Charlotte. 

Overall, Google Fiber is the fastest internet provider in the area. Its fiber connections reach up to 1,000 Mbps or 2,000 Mbps, depending on the plan.

AT&T is the best fiber internet alternative in Charlotte, with speeds ranging from 300 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps. But unlike Google Fiber, AT&T offers slower DSL internet plans that use existing telephone lines—75 Mbps and 100 Mbps. AT&T’s service area covers most of the city and surrounding areas, from Highland Creek all the way down to Ballantyne and Provincetowne.

EarthLink is another fiber internet provider, but its coverage isn’t quite as widespread as AT&T. Its DSL internet plans top out at 45 Mbps while its fiber services support up to 1,000 Mbps.

Windstream rounds out the fiber providers list supporting up to 1,000 Mbps. Like EarthLink, its availability isn’t as widespread as AT&T. Windstream is mostly in eastern communities like Villa Heights, Idlewild, East Forest, Providence Crossing, and Piper Glen Estates. 

Spectrum is a cable internet provider with a larger footprint than AT&T in the Charlotte area. Top speeds range from 200 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps, but its fastest plan is expensive. Customers can take advantage of Spectrum’s Wi-Fi hotspots scattered throughout the city.

Finally, Viasat and HughesNet provide satellite internet to areas where landlines can’t reach. They’re also a good alternative if you’re not happy with the land-based providers. Satellite internet is slower and more expensive, however.

 

Highest-rated internet service providers in Charlotte

EarthLink and AT&T ranked the highest in our annual customer satisfaction survey. Both are rated highly both overall and in the individual categories of speed, price, reliability, and customer service. But of the two, EarthLink customers are happier with their internet.

Spectrum didn’t rank quite so well. It landed in the bottom half of the list in each category, swapping places with other cable internet providers.

 

Fastest internet service providers in Charlotte

AT&T offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Windstream offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

EarthLink offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Spectrum offers internet at speeds up to 100 Mbps

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Summary of Charlotte internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
AT&T Fiber 1000 Mbps 2.5/5
EarthLink Fiber 1000 Mbps 3.5/5
Windstream DSL 1000 Mbps 2.5/5
Spectrum Cable 1000 Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
3.0/5
Viasat Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
HughesNet Geo Satellite & Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
Pineville Communication Systems DSL & Fiber 1000 Mbps N/A

Availability and speeds displayed are not guaranteed and are subject to change.

Technology Type

DSL:

DSL provides internet service via phone cables and is up to ten times faster than dial-up service.

Cable:

Cable provides internet speeds faster than DSL through the same cables used for cable TV.

Satellite:

Satellite internet is widely available, but offers slower speeds due to a far-traveling signal.

Fiber:

Fiber relies on glass strands to relay digital code and is much faster than both DSL and cable.

Customer reviews of internet providers in Charlotte

Spectrum

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Travis | 08-14-2019

All of it is garbage and they dont prorate their bills. Cancelled as soon as I could and had to pay a full months worth for 1 day of garbage internet speed. I'll never have spectrum again due to poor quality of a product.

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AT&T

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Rashmi D | 05-22-2019

The worst company for services & resolves problem. Please do not change your existing providers

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AT&T

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Cathy D | 02-14-2019

AT and T is the absolute worst!!! Customer Service is awful! Service is awful! Pricing is expensive! Customer Service Reps that set up accounts will tell you one price and once you get the bill, it is a very different story! I regret the day that I decided to do business with AT & T! Individuals that work for AT & T will always make excuses for their horrific business practices instead of taking ownership and fixing the problem(s) I should have researched AT & T before doing business with this company! STAY AWAY!!! STAY AWAY!!

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