In Tennessee, approximately 98.20% of the state has internet service with speeds of 15 Mbps available for purchase through internet service providers; however, approximately 48.00% 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 99.60% of the state of Tennessee, but other forms of internet technology are less widely available in Tennessee than in other states. Only 90.70% of the population of Tennessee has access to DSL internet service. Cable internet is available to 86.90%, while only 25.10% have access to fiber internet. Less than 48.00% of Tennessee is served by three or more wired internet providers (DSL, cable and fiber internet).