Internet providers in Charlotte, NC

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1. AT&T
92% available in Charlotte
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
2. Spectrum
Available in Charlotte
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
3. Windstream
7% available in Charlotte
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
4. Viasat
99% available in Charlotte
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
5. HughesNet
Available in Charlotte
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
6. Comporium Communications
Available in Charlotte
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
7. RST Fiber
Available in Charlotte
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. AT&T
92% available in Charlotte
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
2. Spectrum
Available in Charlotte
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
3. Windstream
Available in Charlotte
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
4. Viasat
99% available in Charlotte
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
5. HughesNet
Available in Charlotte
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
6. Comporium Communications
Available in Charlotte
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
7. Megapath
42% available in Charlotte
Connection:
DSL & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
8. RST Fiber
Available in Charlotte
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
9. MCNC
1% available in Charlotte
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. Xfinity Mobile
Available in Charlotte
Connection:
Mobile
Xfinity Mobile
4GLTE

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2. AT&T
Available in Charlotte
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T
4GLTE

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3. Sprint
Available in Charlotte
Connection:
Mobile
Sprint
4GLTE

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

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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

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AT&T Installation Guide

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Spectrum Installation Guide

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

There are several great Internet Service Providers in Charlotte. AT&T and Spectrum are the two largest providers available in the area. You can also get satellite internet from Viasat in Charlotte, or give Google Fiber a shot. Windstream, RST Fiber, and Comporium Communications offer service to smaller areas of the city.

What is DSL?

DSL stands 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. If you’d like a DSL connection in Charlotte, AT&T and Windstream offer DSL options.

What is Google Fiber?

Google Fiber is a fiber-optic internet service operated by Google. Fiber internet uses glass cables to send signals as pulses of light (yes, it’s as cool as it sounds). Although sought after by many, Google Fiber is available only in some major cities—Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the lucky ones. Packages for 100 Mbps and 1,000 Mbps are available in the Charlotte area, starting at $50 per month.

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, which is enough to keep your household streaming and gaming smoothly.

What is Charter Communications?

Charter Communications is the company that owns and operates Spectrum Internet. Charter used to provide internet service under its own name, but it bought Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks a few years ago and merged the three under a new brand called Spectrum.

How much is Spectrum Internet?

Spectrum Internet plans start at $44.99 per month for 12 months. Bundles with TV or phone service start at $64.98 per month for 12 months.

How fast is Spectrum Internet?

Spectrum Internet service offers speeds up to 1,000 Mbps.

How much is AT&T Internet?

AT&T Internet starts at $40 per month for 12 months and costs up to $90 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 Spectrum’s wireless internet service. You can add a wireless router to your Spectrum Internet service and set up a home Wi-Fi network to connect all your devices wirelessly.

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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

Home to everything from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport to the Billy Graham Library, Charlotte is a great place to live and work. You can’t do much of either these days without high-speed internet, and Charlotte has several great options from some of the best internet providers in the nation.

The two big cable and internet providers in Charlotte are AT&T and Spectrum. AT&T offers both DSL and fiber internet in Charlotte, and the service covers most of the city and surrounding areas, from Highland Creek all the way down to Ballantyne and Provincetowne. AT&T provides some of the fastest home internet in Charlotte and is also a reliable choice for business internet.

Spectrum covers an even larger area than AT&T, providing internet and cable to the entire metro area. The speeds are fast and the TV service is reliable with a good channel selection. Spectrum customers can also take advantage of wireless internet around Charlotte in the form of free Wi-Fi hotspots. Spectrum also offers affordable internet options for low-income households through its Spectrum Internet Assist program. (See the FAQ section above to learn how to qualify).

If you’re looking for a smaller Internet Service Provider in Charlotte, you can find Windstream in eastern communities like Villa Heights, Idlewild, East Forest, Providence Crossing, and Piper Glen Estates.

RST Fiber provides fiber internet to the southern parts of Charlotte, including Eagle Lake and Olde Whitehall. Comporium Communications can be found in neighborhoods like Harbor House and Yorkshire.

Lastly, Google Fiber provides gigabit internet service (1,000 Mbps) in Charlotte, so if you want to give the much-hyped Google internet service a try, you can. They also offer bundles with internet and TV that come with over 150 HD channels.

An honorable mention goes to Viasat, which offers nationwide satellite internet. Viasat is usually a good option for people in rural areas who don’t have faster alternatives. But if you don’t like the other options in your neighborhood, it might be something to look into. Just know that it tends to be more expensive for the speed you get than providers like AT&T or Spectrum.

 

Highest-Rated Internet Service Providers in Charlotte

When it comes to customer satisfaction, the best Internet Service Providers in Charlotte according to HSI user reviews are AT&T and Spectrum, with Windstream coming in at a close third. In our customer satisfaction survey, AT&T ranked second for overall satisfaction, while Spectrum landed in sixth. AT&T consistently landed in the top five for each individual category, too, including billing, reliability, and speed. Spectrum ranked lower, but it offers wider coverage around the city.

 

Fastest Internet Service Providers in Charlotte

AT&T offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Spectrum offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Windstream offers internet at speeds up to 100 Mbps

Viasat offers internet at speeds up to 25 Mbps

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Summary of Charlotte internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
AT&T Fiber 1000 Mbps 3.0/5
Spectrum Cable & Fiber 1000 Mbps 3.0/5
Windstream DSL 100 Mbps 2.5/5
Viasat Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
HughesNet Satellite 25 Mbps 2.5/5
Comporium Communications DSL 25 Mbps 2.5/5
RST Fiber 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.

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