Internet Providers in Colstrip, Montana

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Residential Internet Statistics for Colstrip, MT
Wired Internet Providers: 2
Average Speed Test Result: 28.07 Mbps
Top Advertised Speed: 60 Mbps
No Broadband Access: 66.74%

Internet Access in Colstrip, Montana

The average Colstrip census block is serviceable by an average of 2.54 broadband providers. Practically speaking, this means that most households in the city have at least 2-3 options for Internet service, and many residents can switch service if dissatisfied by a provider.

The data on this page is primarily sourced from FCC coverage reports, and is enhanced through privatized data sources and direct provider reporting to output more useful resources than is available from government websites. Address-level information isn't available for all providers. Speed and pricing data is sourced thanks to our data team, who gather tens of thousands of data points each year. We've analyzed 125 Colstrip Internet plans from 2014–present, with 16 Internet plans currently active.

Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) is the most widely available option for Colstrip residents. close to one hundred percent of Colstrip census blocks can receive Internet service from them. HughesNet is the most likely second choice, serving virtually one hundred percent of the area with Satellite service. HughesNet's fastest plan for Colstrip is 25 megabits per second.

CenturyLink provides an alternative to the primary providers (Viasat and HughesNet), serving Colstrip with a maximum download speed of 60 Mbps. Wired broadband isn't the only choice for Internet service for residents of Colstrip. fixed wireless providers such as are able to achieve 35 Mbps or more via wireless links.

DSL is the main network type present in Colstrip that residents should consider. Input your address into the search tool above to search our database for more detailed results.

Internet Statistics 2021

1,000 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.

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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Colstrip, Montana

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
CenturyLink 60 Mbps DSL 2m 16s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
Montana Opticom 7 Mbps DSL 19m 30s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Colstrip, Montana

  • CenturyLink - 97.0% Availability in Colstrip - Speeds up to 60 Mbps
  • Montana Opticom - 22.1% Availability in Colstrip - Speeds up to 7 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Colstrip - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Colstrip - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Colstrip

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Colstrip is the 94th most connected city in Montana ahead of Crow Agency and Lame Deer, but behind Hardin, Miles City, and Forsyth.

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

Approximately 400 people in Rosebud 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.

Approximately 22% of Colstrip 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 Rosebud County, approximately 3,000 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 Cap Issues and Video Streaming Around Colstrip

Data collected by our research team shows that top ISPs in the area currently use data caps on home broadband connections. Data caps are controversial because users see caps as a tactic for limiting "cord cutting". Providers explain that they are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage network traffic. In either case, the culprit is over-the-top streaming, which easily eats up one to seven Gigabytes/hr.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Colstrip

Provider Type Coverage Speed Fixed Wireless 100% 35 Mbps
CenturyLink DSL 97.0%+ 60 Mbps
Montana Opticom DSL 22.1%+ 7 Mbps
Range Telephone Cooperative Fixed Wireless 20.3%+ 50 Mbps
Choice Broadband Fixed Wireless 14.5%+ 9 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
CenturyLink Business DSL 100% 60 Mbps
Range Telephone Cooperative Fiber 3.7%+ 1,000 Mbps

Compare Colstrip to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Colstrip 28.1 Mbps 7 $3.72 ( + $0.00 )
New York 349.1 Mbps ( +321 Mbps ) 15 ( +8 ) $0.46 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 107.1 Mbps ( +79 Mbps ) 18 ( +11 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 99.7 Mbps ( +71.6 Mbps ) 15 ( +8 ) $0.29 ( $0.00 )
Houston 111.7 Mbps ( +83.6 Mbps ) 21 ( +14 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 115.3 Mbps ( +87.2 Mbps ) 9 ( +2 ) $0.34 ( $0.00 )