Broadband Service in Montana

Internet Access in Montana

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Coverage by County

72.4%
0.7%

54.0

50th

Broadband Speeds

70.9%

of Montanans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

4.8%

of Montanans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

96.5%

of Montanans have access to wireline service

16.3%

of Montanans have access to fiber-optic service

64.6%

of Montanans have access to cable service

91.4%

of Montanans have access to DSL service

Largest Competing Providers In Montana

  1. Spectrum vs CenturyLink

Coverage by County in Montana

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Beaverhead 81.1%
Big Horn 49.1%
Blaine 98.6%
Broadwater 10.7%
Carbon 34.7%
Carter 53.6%
Cascade 89.3%
Chouteau 99.2%
Custer 93.7%
Daniels 99.2%
Dawson 90.3%
Deer Lodge 77.0%
Fallon 80.0%
Fergus 84.6%
Flathead 78.2%
Gallatin 87.6%
Garfield 47.7%
Glacier 62.4%
Golden Valley 92.7%
Granite 30.6%
Hill 97.2%
Jefferson 45.1%
Judith Basin 85.2%
Lake 71.4%
Lewis and Clark 90.4%
Liberty 84.0%
Lincoln 22.6%
McCone 48.3%
Madison 71.1%
Meagher 98.5%
Mineral 38.2%
Missoula 90.7%
Musselshell 52.3%
Park 57.0%
Petroleum 42.3%
Phillips 85.2%
Pondera 33.8%
Powder River 59.7%
Powell 54.6%
Prairie 61.5%
Ravalli 67.0%
Richland 86.2%
Roosevelt 79.7%
Rosebud 64.5%
Sanders 35.0%
Sheridan 85.5%
Silver Bow 89.7%
Stillwater 67.8%
Sweet Grass 92.7%
Teton 47.9%
Toole 22.8%
Treasure 69.9%
Valley 83.2%
Wheatland 96.8%
Wibaux 7.4%
Yellowstone 93.8%

Internet Speed in Top Montana Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Billings 72.4 MBPS 14 Providers
2. Missoula 66.4 MBPS 16 Providers
3. Great Falls 50.0 MBPS 13 Providers
4. Bozeman 61.2 MBPS 16 Providers
5. Helena 38.8 MBPS 13 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Montana

Provider Avg. download speed
Spectrum 83.6 MBPS
CenturyLink 19.2 MBPS
Montana Internet Corporation 12.0 MBPS
MontanaSky Networks 11.5 MBPS
WispWest.net 9.8 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Montana, 2021

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 2/2/2021.

In comparison to the other fifty States, Montana is ranked nearly dead last in terms of internet access. The low amount of broadband infrastructure can likely be attributed to the fact that Montana has a great deal of rural and wilderness areas as well as a relatively low population despite its large geographic size. To put this in perspective, Montana has roughly the same population as Rhode Island. Montana’s average statewide download speed is 81.4 Mbps, but coverage remains spotty throughout the state.

The Digital Divide in Montana

As with the rest of the world, not all Montana residents have equal access to the internet. This creates a ‘digital divide’ between those who have access to a reasonably priced high-speed internet service and those who do not. Considering two important factors will aid in gauging the technological gap that exists between residents living in different parts of Montana; availability and affordability.

There are 120 internet providers operating in Montana. While 77.9% of Montanans have access to wired broadband with download speeds of 25mbps, there remain 203,000 people in Montana without access to a wired connection capable of these speeds. Additionally, 205,000 residents only have one internet provider to choose from, leaving them with no options in the case they are dissatisfied with their provider or would like to change to another plan. Another 36,000 people do not have any wired internet providers offering service at their home address.

At this time, a mere 0.7% (less than 7,500) of Montana’s residents have access to a wired broadband plan that costs $60 or less per month, according to the latest affordability data.

Best-Connected Cities

Still, some cities in Montana are remarkably well-connected, with some areas even offering gigabit broadband coverage. When it comes to speed, price, and availability, the best ranking cities in Montana with the highest-ranking listed first are Billings, Great Falls, Kalispell, Missoula, Butte.

Worst-Connected Cities

At the other end of the spectrum, the worst-connected towns in Montana are Otter, Angela, Ingomar, Saltese, and Silver Gate, with the latter being the lowest-ranking.

See how Montana’s connectivity compares with other States nationwide here.

Governmental Initiatives

Montana has been the beneficiary of a variety of federal grants aimed at improving the State’s broadband infrastructure. From 2010-2014, the Montana Department of Commerce was awarded $6,084,826 to help form Montana Broadband Program with a focus on supporting expanded internet acAngelacess, especially in rural and tribal areas of the State.

Other programs, such as the Broadband for Montana Schools Program and Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program have aimed at helping schools and public libraries gain access to better internet with the objective of enriching education and employment opportunities.

The above information has been curated from a mix of public and private datasets. Find out more about our data here.

Sources: Data collected via the FCC, NTIA, and other sources. For a full list of data sources please visit our data page.

Montana Cities

Average speed over time
Absarokee 71.0%
8 providers
Alberton 67.0%
6 providers
Anaconda 79.3%
11 providers
Arlee 45.9%
8 providers
Ashland 42.8%
7 providers
Augusta 92.5%
7 providers
Bainville 98.7%
7 providers
Baker 81.2%
5 providers
Ballantine 16.1%
8 providers
Belfry 74.4%
8 providers
Belgrade 88.4%
12 providers
Belt 83.3%
10 providers
Big Sandy 100.0%
7 providers
Big Sky 94.5%
8 providers
Big Timber 94.0%
8 providers
Bigfork 72.4%
10 providers
Billings 96.7%
14 providers
Black Eagle 99.8%
10 providers
Bonner 65.3%
9 providers
Boulder 19.9%
10 providers
Box Elder 99.2%
6 providers
Bozeman 96.4%
16 providers
Bridger 6.0%
11 providers
Broadus 70.3%
6 providers
Broadview 100.0%
9 providers
Brockton 61.5%
6 providers
Browning 59.7%
7 providers
Busby 66.1%
9 providers
Butte 90.7%
14 providers
Cascade 26.9%
10 providers
Charlo 27.8%
9 providers
Chester 95.4%
7 providers
Chinook 100.0%
6 providers
Choteau 48.5%
8 providers
Circle 71.7%
5 providers
Clancy 85.8%
11 providers
Clinton 85.4%
8 providers
Clyde Park 0.0%
9 providers
Colstrip 33.3%
11 providers
Columbia Falls 85.1%
10 providers
Columbus 60.1%
13 providers
Condon 18.0%
6 providers
Conrad 9.6%
10 providers
Corvallis 77.5%
13 providers
Crow Agency 98.6%
7 providers
Culbertson 89.4%
7 providers
Custer 86.7%
7 providers
Cut Bank 75.6%
9 providers
Darby 28.9%
9 providers
Deer Lodge 60.9%
8 providers
Denton 70.7%
8 providers
Dillon 80.5%
9 providers
Dixon 40.5%
6 providers
Dodson 77.4%
6 providers
Drummond 38.2%
6 providers
East Helena 84.0%
10 providers
Ekalaka 58.5%
6 providers
Emigrant 0.0%
7 providers
Ennis 94.4%
9 providers
Eureka 74.9%
6 providers
Fairfield 28.4%
7 providers
Fishtail 46.3%
7 providers
Florence 92.8%
12 providers
Forsyth 86.0%
10 providers
Fort Benton 99.9%
9 providers
Fort Peck 80.8%
8 providers
Fort Shaw 90.2%
7 providers
Frenchtown 0.0%
8 providers
Froid 84.6%
7 providers
Fromberg 0.0%
7 providers
Gallatin Gateway 59.4%
11 providers
Gardiner 0.0%
8 providers
Geraldine 99.7%
8 providers
Gildford 100.0%
6 providers
Glasgow 91.9%
6 providers
Glendive 91.5%
7 providers
Great Falls 92.3%
13 providers
Hamilton 78.5%
12 providers
Hardin 11.9%
9 providers
Harlem 99.1%
6 providers
Harlowton 100.0%
6 providers
Havre 96.7%
9 providers
Hays 96.1%
6 providers
Heart Butte 71.5%
7 providers
Helena 91.3%
13 providers
Heron 55.0%
5 providers
Highwood 97.9%
8 providers
Hinsdale 86.4%
6 providers
Hobson 98.9%
7 providers
Hot Springs 17.8%
7 providers
Hungry Horse 0.0%
7 providers
Huntley 57.1%
11 providers
Huson 0.0%
9 providers
Hysham 70.3%
7 providers
Jefferson City 67.3%
9 providers
Joliet 5.0%
8 providers
Jordan 56.7%
5 providers
Judith Gap 100.0%
7 providers
Kalispell 84.3%
11 providers
Kila 0.0%
8 providers
Lakeside 86.4%
8 providers
Lame Deer 75.4%
8 providers
Laurel 90.0%
10 providers
Lavina 88.0%
7 providers
Lewistown 90.3%
9 providers
Libby 1.3%
9 providers
Lincoln 98.3%
8 providers
Livingston 74.4%
9 providers
Lodge Grass 90.1%
6 providers
Lolo 93.2%
10 providers
Malta 93.8%
8 providers
Manhattan 46.3%
12 providers
Marion 1.5%
7 providers
Mc Allister 89.7%
8 providers
Miles City 95.4%
9 providers
Missoula 96.4%
16 providers
Molt 89.0%
9 providers
Moore 78.2%
8 providers
Nashua 58.3%
7 providers
Noxon 43.2%
6 providers
Park City 72.5%
9 providers
Philipsburg 31.1%
6 providers
Plains 33.1%
9 providers
Plentywood 84.0%
5 providers
Polson 80.4%
10 providers
Poplar 70.9%
6 providers
Power 100.0%
9 providers
Red Lodge 74.3%
9 providers
Reed Point 90.2%
7 providers
Rexford 48.9%
6 providers
Roberts 0.0%
8 providers
Ronan 96.9%
9 providers
Roundup 53.7%
8 providers
Rudyard 100.0%
6 providers
Saco 62.9%
6 providers
Saint Ignatius 43.5%
8 providers
Saint Regis 35.0%
6 providers
Sand Coulee 100.0%
7 providers
Savage 39.1%
6 providers
Scobey 99.0%
5 providers
Seeley Lake 58.9%
8 providers
Shelby 14.3%
9 providers
Shepherd 54.8%
10 providers
Sheridan 32.0%
8 providers
Sidney 94.3%
8 providers
Somers 87.2%
8 providers
Stanford 70.8%
8 providers
Stevensville 49.6%
12 providers
Stockett 100.0%
7 providers
Sunburst 50.8%
6 providers
Superior 31.0%
7 providers
Terry 57.2%
6 providers
Thompson Falls 29.5%
7 providers
Three Forks 0.0%
11 providers
Toston 0.0%
7 providers
Townsend 14.9%
9 providers
Trego 86.0%
6 providers
Trout Creek 53.4%
6 providers
Troy 0.0%
11 providers
Twin Bridges 84.2%
9 providers
Ulm 0.0%
8 providers
Valier 62.8%
7 providers
Vaughn 41.4%
11 providers
Victor 61.6%
10 providers
West Glacier 0.0%
7 providers
West Yellowstone 66.7%
8 providers
Westby 76.1%
8 providers
White Sulphur Springs 99.7%
6 providers
Whitefish 83.9%
10 providers
Whitehall 0.3%
9 providers
Wibaux 7.4%
8 providers
Wilsall 2.1%
10 providers
Winifred 100.0%
8 providers
Winnett 44.7%
6 providers
Wolf Creek 27.6%
9 providers
Wolf Point 77.7%
6 providers
Worden 60.5%
10 providers
Wyola 49.0%
8 providers