Nashville Internet | Service Providers in Nashville

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About Internet Service in Nashville

When it comes to Nashville’s Internet connectivity, it’s easy to see why they fall behind other, similar sized cities; the city is below the national average and is not even in the top 50 for download speeds for the state of Wisconsin. A number of additional providers may soon set up shop in Nashville, which could help spur improvements in distribution and connectivity, resulting in faster speeds.

Nashville County Quick Facts

  • Total Area (sq miles): 461
  • Population: 612,658
  • Housing Units: 280,344
Nashville Education Levels Overall U.S. Education Levels
H.S. Graduates 81.3% 80.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 30.8% 24.8%
Nashville Resident Incomes Overall U.S. Incomes
Median Income $50,438 $58,283
Poverty Rate 20.0% 15.8%
Below $25k 26.2% 24.1%
$25k-$50k 34.4% 30.0%
$50k-$100k 29.7% 30.6%
$100k-$200k 12.2% 16.5%
$200k or more 3.4% 4.2%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Access in Nashville

City Connectivity

Unlike other major cities in Tennessee with virtually no fiber presence, such as Memphis and Knoxville, Nashville boasts a modest 4.4%; this is below the U.S. rate, but ahead of many U.S. cities with comparable populations. Interestingly, Nashville’s DSL and cable accessibility ― 97% and 97.1%, respectively ― are both lower than other large metro areas, many of which boast 100% or slightly lower in both categories.

City Accessibility Rates Overall U.S. Rates
DSL 97.0% 89.7%
Fiber 4.4% 23.3%
Cable 97.1% 88.6%
Wireless 100.0% 99.0%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Speed in Nashville

Nashville’s downstream and upstream speeds are both the fifth highest among the 10 Tennessee cities with the most unique IP addresses. Tennessee is fast for a major city, but other metro areas in the state ― most notable Chattanooga and Clarksville ― boast significantly quicker connections.

  • Upload Speed: 6.52 Mbps
  • Download Speed: 23.03 Mbps
  • Source: NetIndex.com

Nashville-Area Providers

The National Broadband Map lists the following ISPs as Nashville’s four leading broadband providers for private residences. Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are all tied for the fastest average downstream speed of 10-25 Mbps, though most of the city tends to be on the quicker end of the spectrum.

For Nashville, the final list of ISPs looks like this:

Comcast

  • Service Areas: Throughout Denver
  • Service Tiers: Economy Plus, Performance Starter, Extreme 105
  • Downstream Speeds: 3 Mbps, 6 Mbps, 105 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $19.95, $49.95, $79.99
  • Features and Limitations: Nashville residents should consider a service plan with Comcast if connection speed is their top priority. At a rate of 105 Mbps, the Extreme 105 package is just about the fastest option anywhere ― and also one of the most expensive. Customers can opt for an Internet and cable bundle that downloads up to 50 Mbps; these options range from $39.99 to $54.99 per month. Otherwise, the two cheaper plans are not nearly as cost-effective as cheaper plans with faster connections offered by other ISPs.

Verizon

  • Service Areas: Throughout Nashville
  • Service Tiers: High Speed Internet, High Speed Internet Enhanced
  • Downstream Speeds: 0.5 Mbps to 15 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $19.99, $29.99
  • Features and Limitations: Verizon’s ‘Enhanced’ plan can download up to a rate of 15 Mbps, though this speed might be much slower in some areas. If your residence is located in an area with strong coverage, then this plan is relatively cost-effective ― and a much better bargain than Verizon’s standard package in terms of speed and cost.

AT&T

  • Service Areas: Throughout Nashville
  • Service Tiers: Four plans determined by downstream speeds (see next entry)
  • Downstream Speeds: 768 Kbps, 1.5 Mbps, 3 Mbps, 6 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $19.95, $24.95, $29.95, $34.95
  • Features and Limitations: Either of AT&T’s two lowest-tier plans will be the most practical option for users who don’t download a lot of data, and thus do not require a speedy connection. Otherwise, the downstream is a little slow for the monthly price-tag.

T-Mobile

  • Service Areas: Throughout Nashville
  • Service Tiers: (Data Caps) 500 MB, 2.5 GB, 4.5 GB, 6.5 GB, 8.5 GB, 10.5 GB
  • Downstream Speeds: All T-Mobile service plans include access to the 4G LTE Mobile Data Network, which is equipped for downstream speeds of roughly 15 to 20 Mbps.
  • Monthly Price: $20, $30, $40, $50, $60, $70
  • Features and Limitations: T-Mobile’s downstream is slightly faster than that of Verizon ― roughly 15 to 20 Mbps. However, the speed will be the same for all plans, which are priced based on the amount of data downloaded per month. So if you don’t download a lot of music, pictures, and other sizable media files, then T-Mobile’s cheap plans are a good bargain. Otherwise, heavy web users will have to pay the price for more data.

City Subscriber Resources

  • Nashville Information Technology Services (ITS) Department: This branch of the municipal government oversees web-based city projects and initiatives, and also provides information about cyber security, online theft, and other concerns for community members.
  • Nashville Area PC User Group: Members of this local outfit meet regularly to discuss network administration, software self-installation, and other practical matters related to the Nashville web community.
  • Nashville Geeks: This self-proclaimed ‘geeky’ networking group consists of local programmers, designers, and developers who share common interests related to computer science and software technology.