Internet Service Providers in Montana

Montana Internet Coverage and Availability

Internet Availability by County

72.4%
0.7%

67.2

50th

High-Speed Internet Access

72.5%

of Montanans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

5.8%

of Montanans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Internet Access

96.5%

of Montanans have access to wireline service

20.5%

of Montanans have access to fiber-optic service

64.4%

of Montanans have access to cable service

90.9%

of Montanans have access to DSL service

Compare Internet Providers in Montana

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Metro & Rural County Coverage

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Beaverhead 82.1%
Big Horn 53.0%
Blaine 98.6%
Broadwater 11.0%
Carbon 36.0%
Carter 52.6%
Cascade 94.1%
Chouteau 99.2%
Custer 93.9%
Daniels 99.3%
Dawson 90.3%
Deer Lodge 78.5%
Fallon 80.0%
Fergus 84.7%
Flathead 91.4%
Gallatin 88.7%
Garfield 47.7%
Glacier 61.6%
Golden Valley 92.7%
Granite 36.3%
Hill 97.0%
Jefferson 53.9%
Judith Basin 89.3%
Lake 84.7%
Lewis and Clark 91.4%
Liberty 84.0%
Lincoln 25.8%
McCone 50.1%
Madison 73.5%
Meagher 98.5%
Mineral 39.7%
Missoula 94.2%
Musselshell 52.3%
Park 57.0%
Petroleum 42.3%
Phillips 88.2%
Pondera 33.8%
Powder River 38.7%
Powell 57.2%
Prairie 61.5%
Ravalli 74.5%
Richland 86.2%
Roosevelt 81.6%
Rosebud 48.6%
Sanders 52.2%
Sheridan 84.5%
Silver Bow 90.1%
Stillwater 71.8%
Sweet Grass 95.3%
Teton 61.1%
Toole 63.0%
Treasure 49.3%
Valley 85.5%
Wheatland 96.8%
Wibaux 7.2%
Yellowstone 94.6%

Internet Speed in Top Montana Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Billings 112.1 MBPS 17 Providers
2. Missoula 117.2 MBPS 19 Providers
3. Great Falls 59.5 MBPS 17 Providers
4. Bozeman 79.9 MBPS 20 Providers
5. Helena 32.3 MBPS 15 Providers

Fastest Major Providers in Montana

Provider Avg. download speed
Spectrum 117.4 MBPS
CenturyLink 22.9 MBPS
MontanaSky Networks 14.6 MBPS
Montana Internet Corporation 12.6 MBPS
WispWest.net 11.5 MBPS

High-Speed Internet in Montana, 2022

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 11/22/2021.

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.

Internet for Rural Areas in Montana

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.

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.

Internet Providers By City in Montana

Average speed over time
Absarokee 82.4%
8 providers
Alberton 65.0%
8 providers
Anaconda 80.9%
14 providers
Arlee 46.3%
10 providers
Ashland 57.4%
8 providers
Augusta 92.5%
9 providers
Bainville 98.7%
9 providers
Baker 81.2%
7 providers
Belfry 73.9%
10 providers
Belgrade 90.1%
17 providers
Belt 83.3%
12 providers
Big Sandy 100.0%
9 providers
Big Sky 94.6%
11 providers
Big Timber 95.5%
10 providers
Bigfork 91.4%
12 providers
Billings 97.8%
17 providers
Black Eagle 99.8%
12 providers
Bonner 69.1%
12 providers
Boulder 44.8%
12 providers
Box Elder 99.2%
8 providers
Bozeman 97.4%
20 providers
Bridger 6.0%
12 providers
Broadus 39.4%
8 providers
Broadview 100.0%
11 providers
Browning 59.7%
7 providers
Busby 53.4%
11 providers
Butte 91.2%
18 providers
Charlo 42.7%
10 providers
Chester 95.4%
9 providers
Chinook 100.0%
9 providers
Choteau 78.0%
10 providers
Circle 71.7%
7 providers
Clancy 91.8%
13 providers
Clinton 88.9%
10 providers
Clyde Park 0.0%
9 providers
Colstrip 39.2%
13 providers
Columbia Falls 93.6%
14 providers
Columbus 64.1%
14 providers
Condon 27.1%
6 providers
Conrad 9.6%
12 providers
Corvallis 87.8%
15 providers
Crow Agency 98.9%
9 providers
Culbertson 88.8%
11 providers
Custer 86.7%
9 providers
Cut Bank 73.4%
10 providers
Darby 61.4%
11 providers
Deer Lodge 61.0%
9 providers
Denton 71.8%
10 providers
Dillon 80.6%
12 providers
Dixon 42.7%
10 providers
Drummond 40.1%
8 providers
East Helena 84.0%
13 providers
Emigrant 0.0%
10 providers
Ennis 94.4%
10 providers
Eureka 78.7%
8 providers
Fairfield 29.5%
10 providers
Fishtail 52.5%
8 providers
Florence 94.1%
15 providers
Forsyth 73.7%
12 providers
Fort Benton 99.9%
11 providers
Fort Peck 82.4%
8 providers
Fort Shaw 90.2%
9 providers
Frenchtown 60.0%
13 providers
Froid 88.1%
9 providers
Fromberg 0.0%
9 providers
Gallatin Gateway 61.0%
15 providers
Gardiner 0.0%
10 providers
Geraldine 99.7%
8 providers
Gildford 100.0%
8 providers
Glasgow 92.7%
9 providers
Glendive 91.5%
10 providers
Great Falls 96.6%
17 providers
Hamilton 83.8%
15 providers
Hardin 23.6%
11 providers
Harlem 99.1%
8 providers
Harlowton 100.0%
8 providers
Havre 96.4%
13 providers
Hays 96.1%
6 providers
Heart Butte 71.5%
7 providers
Helena 92.5%
15 providers
Heron 70.9%
5 providers
Highwood 97.9%
10 providers
Hinsdale 86.4%
8 providers
Hot Springs 19.4%
11 providers
Huntley 30.2%
14 providers
Huson 50.3%
12 providers
Hysham 47.6%
9 providers
Jefferson City 78.6%
11 providers
Joliet 10.3%
10 providers
Jordan 56.7%
7 providers
Judith Gap 100.0%
9 providers
Kalispell 95.2%
15 providers
Kila 72.6%
12 providers
Lakeside 95.1%
11 providers
Lame Deer 31.7%
10 providers
Laurel 94.3%
13 providers
Lavina 88.0%
9 providers
Lewistown 90.3%
12 providers
Libby 2.1%
12 providers
Lincoln 98.3%
9 providers
Livingston 74.4%
11 providers
Lodge Grass 95.6%
8 providers
Lolo 94.9%
14 providers
Malta 94.0%
11 providers
Manhattan 47.3%
16 providers
Marion 66.7%
10 providers
Mc Allister 89.7%
10 providers
Miles City 95.8%
12 providers
Missoula 97.7%
19 providers
Molt 89.0%
10 providers
Moore 78.2%
10 providers
Nashua 77.6%
7 providers
Park City 73.0%
11 providers
Plains 45.9%
13 providers
Plentywood 82.6%
7 providers
Polson 93.9%
13 providers
Poplar 75.8%
8 providers
Red Lodge 74.7%
12 providers
Reed Point 100.0%
9 providers
Rexford 48.9%
8 providers
Ronan 97.0%
12 providers
Roundup 53.7%
10 providers
Rudyard 100.0%
8 providers
Saco 70.6%
8 providers
Saint Ignatius 83.6%
10 providers
Saint Regis 39.9%
8 providers
Sand Coulee 100.0%
11 providers
Scobey 99.2%
5 providers
Seeley Lake 68.1%
10 providers
Shelby 70.4%
12 providers
Shepherd 64.6%
13 providers
Sheridan 32.0%
10 providers
Sidney 94.3%
11 providers
Somers 98.5%
10 providers
Stanford 81.0%
10 providers
Stevensville 53.4%
15 providers
Stockett 100.0%
9 providers
Sunburst 50.8%
8 providers
Superior 32.7%
9 providers
Terry 57.2%
8 providers
Thompson Falls 68.5%
10 providers
Three Forks 0.0%
15 providers
Toston 0.0%
9 providers
Townsend 15.3%
12 providers
Trego 95.1%
7 providers
Trout Creek 62.4%
6 providers
Troy 0.0%
12 providers
Twin Bridges 97.1%
11 providers
Ulm 0.0%
10 providers
Valier 62.8%
10 providers
Vaughn 43.2%
13 providers
Victor 68.8%
14 providers
West Glacier 9.5%
10 providers
West Yellowstone 67.6%
10 providers
Westby 75.3%
8 providers
White Sulphur Springs 99.7%
8 providers
Whitefish 93.2%
13 providers
Whitehall 3.3%
12 providers
Wibaux 7.2%
8 providers
Wilsall 3.0%
10 providers
Winifred 100.0%
8 providers
Wolf Creek 27.6%
9 providers
Wolf Point 78.6%
9 providers
Worden 26.5%
12 providers
Wyola 47.3%
10 providers

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