- Xfinity from Comcast 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 86.7 Mbps, while the average speed recorded by speed tests is 33.73 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.
XFINITY from Comcast - Top Pick
- Pricing: $4499 - $6499
- Max Down: 987 Mbps
- Max Up: 35 Mbps
Comcast Xfinity has one of the strongest hybrid fiber-coaxial cable networks in the US, making them a strong value for the average apartment or family home. Since rebranding as Xfinity, the company has made strides to improve their public image and provide faster, more transparent service.
AT&T Internet - Runner Up
- Pricing: $4000 - $8000
- Max Down: 1,000 Mbps
- Max Up: 1,000 Mbps
AT&T Internet’s hybrid DSL plans offer strong value for money within city limits as well as in the surrounding area. They get strong marks for technical support and easy installation. While AT&T has data caps on most plans, they are more than high enough to support the average user’s Netflix habit.
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.
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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.
XFINITY from Comcast - Business Pick
- Max Down: 987 Mbps
- Max Up: 35 Mbps
Comcast Business is in some ways an improved version of their residential service in the area: dedicated IP, 24/7 support, and customizable VoIP phone service are some of the flagship features. Their name recognition in the industry comes with the reliability and familiarity of working with a nationwide network.
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.
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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
Nashville Internet Speed Overview
We found the top speed recorded for plans in the Nashville area to be 86.7 Mbps. The average speed is 33.73 Mbps according to speed text data originating from Nashville zip codes.
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|33.73 Mbps||86.7 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 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.
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.
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.
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.