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Internet Providers in Duluth, Minnesota
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Internet Access in Duluth, Minnesota
3-4 Internet Service Providers, or "ISPs." are available at the average Duluth resident. This is a strong amount of choice in comparison to other cities. Competition of two or more broadband providers in a city often results in lower regional pricing.
Viasat Internet is the most widely available option in Duluth. The provider is accessible for near one hundred percent of Duluth addresses. HughesNet is also a common option, with coverage in close to one hundred percent of residents with Satellite service. HughesNet's fastest plan in Duluth is 25 Mbps download.
When we're looking at network technology available across the city, the most prevalent physical wire Internet tech varieties are DSL and Fiber (97.50 percent coverage) and Cable (78.87 percent coverage). Cable connections are marketed by traditional residential television providers, using existing coaxial cable networks.  Cable often makes sense for local residents due to the strong mix of speed and value.
CenturyLink provides an alternative. They offer 97 percent local availability and a maximum speed of 140 Mbps. Wired Internet isn't the only option for Internet access in Duluth. For example, fixed wireless providers such as AirFiber can reach 30 Mbps or more using direct wireless hardware. Outside of residential Internet, there are 11 providers in Duluth offering enterprise-level technologies like T1 and MPLS. We list every provider with explicit business services online, but consumer-focused companies often offer unlisted business plans as well.
The broadband availability statistics here and elsewhere on BroadbandNow are drawn from a mix of governmental data and private data collected directly from telecom industry sources, or through private third parties. Statistics about speed and performance data is sourced from M-Labs. Our researchers have hand-sourced price on 579 Internet packages within Duluth to date.
- There are 22 internet providers in Duluth with 15 of those offering residential service
- Duluth is the 85th most connected city in Minnesota ahead of Esko, Saginaw, Carlton, Superior, and South Range.
- Explore internet access for communities within Duluth: Proctor and Hermantown
- The fastest zip code in Duluth for July 2021 is 55803. (see all below).
Internet Statistics 2021
6.2% of consumers in Duluth7,000 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 Duluth, Minnesota
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|Mediacom Cable||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s||13.6%|
|Zito Media||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s||1.6%|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,200 Mbps||Cable||6s||0.3%|
|CenturyLink||940 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||97.5%|
|SCI Broadband||250 Mbps||Cable||32s||2.3%|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s||100.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|702 Communications||500 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||16s||0.7%|
|Consolidated Communications (Formerly Fairpoint Communications)||20 Mbps||DSL||6m 49s||5.0%|
|Nextera Communications||5 Mbps||DSL||27m 18s||5.1%|
|Telephone Associates||5 Mbps||DSL||27m 18s||0.8%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
Internet Provider Competition Map For Duluth
The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.
This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.
Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.
This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.
Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.
25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.
Internet Access for Education in Duluth
University Of Minnesota-Duluth and The College Of Saint Scholastica are the biggest universities in Duluth. For the 15,297 combined students living in the area, fast internet access is a must for accessing online course materials and conducting research. University Of Minnesota-Duluth residential buildings have 3-4 internet providers servicing the area on average, whereas The College Of Saint Scholastica has nearer to 3. University Of Minnesota-Duluth students that live surrounding campus can expect to get downstream speeds of around 59.06 Mbps, according to speed test data in the University Of Minnesota-Duluth zip code. Speeds close to The College Of Saint Scholastica average out to 80.08 Mbps over 13,592 tests run in the past year. FCC and US Government reports regularly cite the need to improve internet availability for college and high school attendees.
Data Cap Issues and Video Streaming Around Duluth
Data from our researchers suggests that popular providers in the area place some sort of limit on streaming on home Internet packages. Data caps are a public issue lately since subscribers view them as a tactic for limiting streaming. Providers insist that caps are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage heavy network congestion. Either way, the problem is video streaming, which can use one to seven Gigabytes/hour.
Compare Duluth to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Duluth||73.9 Mbps||17||$0.29 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +460.5 Mbps )||17||$0.41 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( +74.9 Mbps )||17||$0.22 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( +86.7 Mbps )||15 ( -2 )||$0.25 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( +95.6 Mbps )||23 ( +6 )||$0.24 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( +88.2 Mbps )||8 ( -9 )||$0.30 ( + $0.00 )|