Internet Providers in Bemidji, Minnesota

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Residential Internet Statistics for Bemidji, MN
Wired Internet Providers: 6
Average Speed Test Result: 69.41 Mbps
Top Advertised Speed: 5,000 Mbps
No Broadband Access: 0.08%

Internet Access in Bemidji, Minnesota

3-4 Internet Service Providers, or "ISPs." are available for the average Bemidji resident. This is actually a good amount of competition in comparison to similar-sized cities in Minnesota. Competition between two or more broadband providers in a city often results in lower pricing.

Paul Bunyan Telephone and CenturyLink can also provide coverage in Bemidji, often competing for the same customers.

Coverage from the two most common companies, Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) and HughesNet, in general, will overlap. As residents might expect, the decision between Viasat and HughesNet is common.

The plans listed above are manually gathered through our data analysis team.

In summary, Bemidji's Internet infrastructure follows a common pattern in Minnesota cities: strong access to cable and DSL, with the catch that most houses or apartments are stuck with a single company for setting up either service. This pattern results from the fact that Broadband Internet providers started as cable television and landline telephone corporations. So, they already own pre-existing wired networks to deliver broadband bundles. Fiber is growing as an alternative. While not all "Fiber" plans are 100% "Fiber to the Home" connections, 98.22 percent of Bemidji has coverage by fiber stretching at least as far as the building property.

  • There are 8 internet providers in Bemidji with 8 of those offering residential service
  • Bemidji is the 260th most connected city in Minnesota ahead of Shevlin, Blackduck, Laporte, and Bagley, but behind Cass Lake.
  • Explore internet access for communities within Bemidji: Turtle River
  • The fastest zip code in Bemidji for February 2021 is 56601. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

900 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.

This data is calculated from FCC datasets which providers are legally required to supply twice a year. We further validate this data for accuracy.

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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Bemidji, Minnesota

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Paul Bunyan Telephone 1,000 Mbps Fiber and DSL 8s
Midco 5,000 Mbps Cable and Fiber 1s
CenturyLink 940 Mbps DSL and Fiber 8s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Bemidji, Minnesota

  • Paul Bunyan Telephone - 98.2% Availability in Bemidji - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Midco - 76.8% Availability in Bemidji - Speeds up to 5,000 Mbps
  • CenturyLink - 79.0% Availability in Bemidji - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Bemidji - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Bemidji - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Providers in Nearby Cities

Internet Provider Competition Map For Bemidji

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Bemidji is the 260th most connected city in Minnesota ahead of Shevlin, Blackduck, Laporte, and Bagley, but behind Cass Lake.

The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.

Approximately 200 people in Beltrami County don't have access to any wired internet.

This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.

Fiber Availability: 98% of people living in Bemidji have residential fiber service available to them.

Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.

Approximately 97% of Bemidji residents are serviced by multiple wired providers.

This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.

As of this month, 56601 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Bemidji.

Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.

In Beltrami County, approximately 300 people do not have access to 25 Mbps wired broadband.

25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.

Broadband Access for Education in Bemidji

Bemidji State University and Oak Hills Christian College are the biggest universities in Bemidji. For the 5,127 combined students living in the area, strong internet access is a must for accessing online course materials and conducting research. Students living surrounding Bemidji State University and Oak Hills Christian College are likely to be choosing between the major providers outlined above. Speed test records from the zip where both campuses are located show an average speed of 69.82 Mbps. Average speeds can be different since they reflect household network issues, and the real speed you can achieve shouldn't be less than 10–30percent below the advertised speeds here. FCC and US Government reports often cite the need to better internet service access for college and high school students. There is a recognized correlation between increased high-speed internet service access and increased education/employment opportunities, especially in small cities and rural areas.

Data Cap Issues Around Bemidji

Data from our researchers suggests that common providers in the area use data caps on home broadband packages. Data caps are controversial since subscribers see caps as a strategy for limiting "cord cutting". Providers insist data caps are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage network traffic. Either way, the problem is the same: video streaming, which easily eats up anywhere from 1–7GB per hour.

Internet access in Bemidji neighborhoods

We've gathered data on Internet availability for all these neighborhoods within Bemidji: Turtle River.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Bemidji

Provider Type Coverage Speed
Paul Bunyan Telephone Fiber and DSL 98.2%+ 1,000 Mbps
Midco Cable and Fiber 76.8%+ 5,000 Mbps
CenturyLink DSL and Fiber 79.0%+ 940 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Paul Bunyan Telephone Fiber 100% 1,000 Mbps
CenturyLink Business DSL and Fiber 62.6%+ 940 Mbps
Midco Business Cable and Fiber 27.6%+ 1,000 Mbps

Compare Bemidji to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Bemidji 69.4 Mbps 8 $0.29 ( + $0.00 )
New York 349.1 Mbps ( +279.7 Mbps ) 15 ( +7 ) $0.46 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 107.1 Mbps ( +37.7 Mbps ) 18 ( +10 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 99.7 Mbps ( +30.3 Mbps ) 15 ( +7 ) $0.29 ( + $0.00 )
Houston 111.7 Mbps ( +42.3 Mbps ) 21 ( +13 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 115.3 Mbps ( +45.9 Mbps ) 9 ( +1 ) $0.34 ( + $0.00 )