• Xfinity from Comcast[1] and AT&T Internet are the most commonly available wired broadband providers in Nashville.
  • The top speed test result we’ve observed in Nashville is 91.95 Mbps, while the average speed recorded by speed tests is 42.47 Mbps.
  • Dark fiber is available in Nashville through NESnet.

Best Residential Internet Providers

After comparing all the providers serving zip codes within Nashville city limits and some surrounding areas, we selected these as the most common and high-quality options for home Internet.

Residential Internet Providers Available in Nashville

Fiber is slowly becoming an option for residential service in select areas. However, cable and DSL are still the most common options by a longshot. Here’s a full list of providers in Nashville, including all technology types in addition to wireless alternatives.

ProvidersPricingAvailabilityPhone
$4999+ 100%
Satellite
(888) 387-7910
$3000+ 100%
Satellite
(877) 255-5702
$2499+ 98%
Cable
(855) 436-3540
$4000+ 96%
DSL
(855) 435-4578
$4499+ 7%
DSL
(855) 837-8791

Best Business Internet Providers

Nashville’s tech scene is growing fast, and business broadband is becoming more competitive and widely available as it happens. Here’s our pick for the best overall option in terms of value, customer support, and local reputation.

Business Internet Providers Available in Nashville

Cable may be the most common option for Nashville business broadband, but there are plenty of other technologies and brands to choose from. See the table below for a bird’s-eye view.

ProvidersPricingAvailabilityPhone
$6999+ 100%
Satellite
(888) 387-7910
$9999+ 100%
Satellite
(877) 255-5702
$6995+ 96%
Cable
(855) 436-3540
$5000+ 99%
DSL
(855) 435-4578
$7000+ 19%
DSL
(855) 837-8791
N/A 5%
DSL
(866) 424-5544
N/A 3%
Cable
(703) 442-5500
N/A 4%
Copper
(877) 757-5799
N/A 11%
Copper
(800) 421-3887
N/A 3%
DSL
(866) 226-4244

Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Nashville

Nashville’s Internet market isn’t bad for a city of its size, but could still use improvement. Outlying neighborhoods and low-density areas still have trouble getting more than one or two options for true broadband in many cases. As you can see, the density of options follows population density.

Provider Competition Map

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Nashville Internet Speed Overview

We found the top speed recorded for plans in the Nashville area to be 91.95 Mbps. The average speed is 42.47 Mbps according to speed text data originating from Nashville zip codes.

Average Speed90th Percentile Speed
42.47 Mbps91.95 Mbps

Average Residential download speeds within Nashville

Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Nashville

Data caps and equipment fees are the top issues customers should understand when comparing Nashville Internet options.

Data Caps

Data caps are a drag, but they’re here to stay for the time being. Cord cutters, gamers, and anyone who does a lot of streaming or downloading needs to be aware of how their data habits fit into the plans offered by Nashville providers. Not every local option has caps, but some of the best value plans do.

Double check what your provider’s data policies are before you sign up for a contract, and be sure you understand what you’ll pay extra if you use too much data in a given month. Policies vary from ISP to ISP — some leverage fees, while other simply add-on “a la carte” data bundles.

Modem Rental Fees

Cable, DSL, and fiber Internet plans have one thing in common: using a router device to broadcast connectivity within your home. Internet providers usually bundle the router and/or modem along with your plan for an extra $5–10/month. If you want to save money, go ahead and purchase your own. Installing and activating service with your own router is surprisingly simple, and all the main providers in Nashville have instructions on their sites or by phone support for making it happen.

Local Information

Dark Fiber in Nashville

Dark Fiber in Nashville comes courtesy of nesNET, which primarily serves businesses and institutions through their extensive dark fiber network. The network is also available for special-use circumstances — like when they partnered with the local symphony to stream a highly-trafficked Béla Fleck concert. See their site for network locations and pricing.

Municipal Broadband

Nashville isn’t currently a good candidate for municipal broadband due to the high cost of making it happen and a variety of strict regulations placed on public-owned networks in the state of Tennessee.

Will Nashville Get Google Fiber Service?

Google Fiber, and most other fiber providers, have been slowing down their expansion of late. Reasoning aside, that means that Nashville residents are unlikely to get FTTH (Fiber to the Home) service from Google anytime soon.


Experts

Jameson Zimmer

Jameson Zimmer

Jameson Zimmer is a technology and telecom expert hailing from Charlottesville, Virginia. His work with data-driven companies like BroadbandNow has helped bring attention to consumer issues like municipal broadband.

James Webb

James Webb

James Webb is a tech and gadgets expert with a focus on educational content development. He draws on his background in the startup world to make complicated technologies and topics easy to understand for normal folks.

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