This tiny, close knit community has expensive homes. A large number of residents are members of the armed services. Among civilians, retail and healthcare are the largest employers. Nearly 10% of residents telecommute. Much of the local economy is based on tourism. The wealthy, well-educated residents of North Topsail Beach depend on their internet to connect with employers and clients as well as family members deployed overseas. In addition, the tourist industry must offer high-speed connectivity to travelers. 100% of North Topsail Beach residents have access to high-speed services, compared with 91% of North Carolina on the whole.
Charter provides cable internet services to 100% of North Topsail homes. CenturyLink reaches 98% of residents with DSL services. Fiber optics are not currently offered, but residents can also elect satellite internet from HughesNet.
Businesses in the area have the same connection options as residents.