Internet Providers in Lake Benton, MN

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Residential Internet Statistics for Lake Benton, MN
Internet Providers: 7
Internet Plans: 10
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $109.47

Internet Access in Lake Benton, Minnesota

According to the most recent coverage data, there are two primary Internet options in Lake Benton: Viasat Internet and HughesNet. Viasat mostly offers Satellite service, with download speeds as high as 35 Mbps and coverage in near one hundred percent of the local area. HughesNet predominantly offers Satellite. Their Internet services have coverage in close to one hundred percent of the area.

Broadband competition available for Lake Benton is strong, with the average home having 3-4 Internet service providers available to them. Internet access isn't distributed equally, however — as a notable 46.53 percent of area residents still have only one option for broadband services.

In terms of network types, there are basically two options in Lake Benton: fiber or cable. Fiber is frequently used to replace aging DSL networks, since replacing DSL telephone wires with fiber is often cheaper than maintaining the older DSL wiring. Aside from expense, fiber is better for consumers because of the significantly higher download speeds and performance. Fiber has advertised speeds up to 100 Mbps in Lake Benton, while DSL tends to cap out below 100 Mbps.

Remember that since FCC data is collected twice a year and only published 6+ months after filing, availability listed in the results above may not reflect the most recent upgrades or regional changes.

While the main ISPs are Viasat and HughesNet, Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative is also in the area with service for 55 percent of census blocks and a recorded top speed of 100 Mbps. Providers such as MVTV Wireless can connect their customers to 50 Mbps or more via direct wireless relays. Explore the interactive map on the page below to see how many options residents have at the census block level, or check our speed data to see how Viasat compares with other Lake Benton options in speed tests.

Internet Statistics 2021

500 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 Lake Benton, Minnesota

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB Availability
Mediacom Cable 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s 53.3%
Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative 1,000 Mbps Fiber and DSL 8s 55.5%
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s 100.0%
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s 100.0%

Internet Providers in Nearby Cities

Internet Provider Competition Map For Lake Benton

Lake Benton Internet Competition Map. Click for interactive map.
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Lake Benton is the 520th most connected city in Minnesota ahead of Brookings, but behind Pipestone, Flandreau, Tyler, and Minneota.

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

Approximately 600 people in Lincoln 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: 56% of people living in Lake Benton 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 53% of Lake Benton 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.

In Lincoln County, approximately 2,000 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.

Data Caps Among Lake Benton Broadband Providers

Internet providers have decided to impose "data caps" onto consumer broadband plans recently. The trend holds true in the Lake Benton market, with local ISPs such as Mediacom featuring capped plans. This doesn't matter for the majority of Internet users, but it can be an issue for those that share their connection with multiple other family or "power users" who consume a lot of high-def video. For context, an HD video stream uses around 3 Gigabytes of data per hour, according to Netflix guidelines. Standard Definition (SD) video consumes closer to 1GB/hour.