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Overview of internet satisfaction and availability in Tennessee

Spectrum, Xfinity, Xtreme Powered by Mediacom, and WOW! Internet offers cable internet in Tennessee, but you may see just two in any given area with speeds reaching up to 1,000–1,200Mbps. If you want faster speeds, AT&T and Earthlink offer identical fiber internet plans at 5,000Mbps, followed by Google Fiber in select areas with 2,000Mbps. Other internet options in Tennessee include fiber internet from Vyve Broadband and Brightspeed, satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat, and wireless 5G Home Internet supplied by T-Mobile.

Internet providers received an average satisfaction rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars from customers in Tennessee.

That ranks Tennessee 13th nationwide for internet customer satisfaction.

Learn more about our methodology

Internet customer satisfaction in Tennessee

 3.8/5 average customer satisfaction rating
 13th national ranking for customer satisfaction

$77.04 average price per payment for internet, per household

90.1% of the time, advertised speeds meet household needs

3.8/5 average customer service rating of internet services

3.9/5 average reliability rating of services state-wide

Population:
7,001,803 people

2.48 average people per household

$55,933 average income per household

42 average age per household

53% of population employed

84

2% lower than national average

Ranked 42nd nationally

83

8% higher than national average

Ranked 22nd nationally

98%

13% higher than national average

Ranked 34th nationally

77%

2% lower than national average

Ranked 39th nationally

Average download speed
147.3 Mbps

7% higher than national average
Ranks 14th nationally

Average upload speed
77.6 Mbps

30.5% higher than national average
Ranks 4th nationally
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Fastest internet providers in Tennessee

Provider Avg download speed Avg upload speed Availability Order online
Vyve Broadband 276.35 Mbps 26.64 Mbps 51.54% View Plans for Vyve Broadband
Google Fiber 225.25 Mbps 162.66 Mbps 58.73%
Ben Lomand Connect 208.62 Mbps 226.06 Mbps 87.05% View Plans for Ben Lomand Connect
Cumberland Connect 200.95 Mbps 176.99 Mbps 99% View Plans for Cumberland Connect
United Communications 196.72 Mbps 179.2 Mbps 39.55% View Plans for United Communications
98% of people in Tennessee have access to 100Mbps or faster broadband, ranking 33rd nationally.

Internet by tech type

Internet tech type Avg download speed % of people with access % availability Learn more
5G Home 245 Mbps 96.22% 81.56% See all providers for 5G Home
Cable 1031.84 Mbps 95.59% 85.72% See all providers for Cable
DSL 311.48 Mbps 49.83% 82.6% See all providers for DSL
Fiber 2656.42 Mbps 82.69% 78.13% See all providers for Fiber
Fixed Wireless 43.15 Mbps 23.83% 75.67% See all providers for Fixed Wireless
LTE Home 124.5 Mbps 0.33% 98.5% See all providers for LTE Home
Satellite 100 Mbps 97.99% 100% See all providers for Satellite

Best cities for internet in Tennessee

Cities in Tennessee with the fastest internet

City Avg download speed Avg upload speed Fiber availability Fastest provider
Paris 306.96 Mbps 27.31 Mbps 95% Spectrum
Henderson 264.04 Mbps 207.3 Mbps 59% AT&T
Dandridge 214.36 Mbps 172.63 Mbps 85% AT&T
White House 207.33 Mbps 145.79 Mbps 82% Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative Corporation
Portland 206.39 Mbps 106.93 Mbps 92% Cumberland Connect
Jefferson City 201.2 Mbps 150.72 Mbps 54% Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative Corporation
Nolensville 201.01 Mbps 157.47 Mbps 53% United Communications
Sparta 200.73 Mbps 193.31 Mbps 81% Ben Lomand Connect

Paris is the best city in Tennessee for internet, shooting to the top of the list thanks to a combination of record-setting average download speeds, wide fiber-optic internet availability, and the presence of a reliable and well-rated internet provider. Henderson and Dandridge also earn top rankings, according to our data.

The most connected cities in Tennessee

City Population Percent with access to high speed internet Percent with access to fiber internet Percent with access to 3+ providers
Memphis 694,407 100% 100% 100%
Nashville 459,738 100% 100% 100%
Knoxville 391,360 100% 100% 100%
Chattanooga 210,667 100% 100% 100%
Johnson City 96,017 100% 100% 100%
Lynchburg, Moore County 6,540 100% 100% 100%
Murfreesboro 192,542 100% 100% 100%
Kingsport 86,182 100% 100% 100%

Memphis is the most internet-connected city in Tennessee. Memphis makes it to the top of the list due to the high number of its residents who have access not only to high-speed internet, but also to fiber internet specifically. A large number of Memphis's residents also have access to three or more internet providers—an uncommon number of options compared to the rest of the state. Nashville and Knoxville also make it to the top of our list.

Top cities in Tennessee

Memphis

Population: 694,407

Median income: $45,750

128.12 Mbps
avg. download speed

52.45 Mbps
avg. upload speed

100% have access to high speed internet

100% have access to fiber internet

100% have access to 3 or more providers

Fastest ISP

Nashville

Population: 459,738

Median income: $67,008

145.74 Mbps
avg. download speed

73.79 Mbps
avg. upload speed

100% have access to high speed internet

100% have access to fiber internet

100% have access to 3 or more providers

Fastest ISP
Google Fiber Webpass

Knoxville

Population: 391,360

Median income: $56,256

168.43 Mbps
avg. download speed

82.24 Mbps
avg. upload speed

100% have access to high speed internet

100% have access to fiber internet

100% have access to 3 or more providers

Fastest ISP

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Methodology

HighSpeedInternet.com relies on proprietary and exclusive data to analyze the customer and provider trends presented on this page. We analyze millions of results from our speed test tool to determine average statewide speeds, fastest speeds, and availability. Our annual customer satisfaction survey provides us with data for developing the satisfaction rating. We also draw from data provided to us directly by internet providers to determine available tech types and average speeds.

Tennessee FAQs

What is a good internet speed?

A good internet speed is 100Mbps per person. We get that number based on a household of five using a 500Mbps cable internet plan with ease. But you may only need a little speed, especially if all you do online is browse websites occasionally and check your email. Our 100Mbps-per-person estimate ensures everyone has enough bandwidth to stream movies and download console games quickly without buffering and slowdowns.

What are the best internet providers in Tennessee?

Earthlink is our top-rated national internet provider in overall customer satisfaction according to our latest survey, beating Spectrum, AT&T, Xfinity, and Mediacom. However, Xfinity takes the top spot in speed satisfaction even though it doesn't offer multi-gig fiber speeds.

On a regional level, Google Fiber takes the top spot in overall customer satisfaction, followed by T-Mobile and WOW! Internet. Google Fiber leads in speed satisfaction, too, so grab it if you want fast fiber speeds.

What are the fastest internet providers in Tennessee?

For now, AT&T and Earthlink have the fastest speeds in Tennessee with 5,000Mbps (5Gbps) fiber internet. If you can get it, Google Fiber is your second-best bet for speed, with fiber speeds maxing out at 2Gbps—or 8Gbps when it becomes available in your area. Xfinity and WOW! Internet are the fastest cable internet providers in the state, with speeds of up to 1.2Gbps.

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