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Internet Access in Tennessee

Tennesee slightly outranks North Carolina with a solid spot at 17th-best state for broadband access. Over 35% of Tennesee’s residents have access to a fiber-optic connection, which is above the nation’s average of 25%. Although most of the state enjoys strong high-speed coverage, areas toward the west end have weaker coverage. Tennessee boasts and average download speed of about 132.7 Mbps.

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82.40%

Terrestrial Broadband Coverage

59.50%

Wired Low Price Plan Access

90.4

Mbps Average State Wide Speed

17th

State Broadband Access Ranking

91.6%

of Tennesseeans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

96%

of Tennesseeans have access to wireline service.

Internet Speed in Top Tennessee Cities
Top Cities
Avg Download Speed
No. Of Providers

Memphis

60.4 MBPS

26 Providers

Nashville

112.4 MBPS

22 Providers

Knoxville

97.1 MBPS

23 Providers

Chattanooga

94.2 MBPS

18 Providers

Murfreesboro

109.5 MBPS

16 Providers

The State of Broadband

Tennesee slightly outranks North Carolina with a solid spot at 17th-best state for broadband access. Over 35% of Tennesee’s residents have access to a fiber-optic connection, which is above the nation’s average of 25%. Although most of the state enjoys strong high-speed coverage, areas toward the west end have weaker coverage. Tennessee boasts and average download speed of about 132.7 Mbps.

The Digital Divide

Roughly 92% of the state’s population has access to a wired broadband connection capable of 25 Mbps speeds or faster. Tennesee offers 193 internet providers, while just under 550,000 people only have access to one provider and 274,000 people don’t have coverage at their residence.

Best-Connected Cities

Chattanooga, Clarksville, Murfreesboro, Nashville, and Knoxville are the most well-connected cities in Tennessee, with the best balance of high speeds and coverage with low pricing.

Worst-Connected Cities

Eagan, Dellrose, Frankewing, Newcomb, and Hornsby are on the opposite end of the scale with the worst- broadband speed, coverage, and pricing.

Governmental Initiatives

More than $15,865,636 in federal grants as gone toward broadband infrastructure projects within the state, with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development launching a Broadband Initiative to expand resources throughout the state.