In North Carolina, approximately 97.20% of the state has internet service with speeds of 15 Mbps available for purchase through internet service providers; however, approximately 34.10% of the state’s residents have little to no internet connection readily available to them. Some of those with limited internet access have dial-up or legacy copper DSL internet service, but their internet is so slow that streaming, video conferencing, online gaming and other activities requiring high-speed internet are out of reach.
Wireless providers reach 99.20% of the state of North Carolina, but other forms of internet technology are less widely available in North Carolina than in other states. Only 88.30% of the population of North Carolina has access to DSL internet service. Cable internet is available to 91.80%, while only 9.80% have access to fiber internet. Less than 30.30% of North Carolina is served by three or more wired internet providers (DSL, cable and fiber internet).