Internet Providers in Ekalaka, Montana

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Residential Internet Statistics for Ekalaka, MT
Wired Internet Providers: 3
Average Speed Test Result: 1.39 Mbps
Top Advertised Speed: 1,000 Mbps
No Broadband Access: 41.53%

Internet Access in Ekalaka, Montana

DSL is the only wired network option that has widespread availability within Ekalaka proper. According to the latest data, it can be accessed by 82.95 percent of residents. DSL Internet service is delivered via twisted copper landline phone lines you see on telephone poles. This is the reason it usually is provided by traditional phone operators, such as Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative.

Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) is the most widely available Internet choice for Ekalaka residents. The provider is accessible for virtually one hundred percent of Ekalaka. HughesNet is also a common choice, with coverage in practically one hundred percent of local addresses with predominantly Satellite service. HughesNet's fastest package for Ekalaka is 25 megabits per second.

Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative provides an alternative. They offer 82 percent local coverage and a maximum speed of 8 Mbps.

The Internet coverage information listed here is sourced from FCC reports, and is through privatized databases to create more useful results than governmental websites. Information about pricing and speed of specific Internet plans is sourced through our research and analysis team, who gather tens of thousands of data points every year.

For a detailed look at broadband competition around Ekalaka, click to initialize the map below. Averaged across all addresses, the average amount of broadband competition is 1.42 providers per census block. This leaves 48.23 percent of consumers with inadequate Internet coverage.

Internet Statistics 2021

300 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 Ekalaka, Montana

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative 1,000 Mbps DSL and Fiber 8s
West River Cooperative Telephone Company 60 Mbps Fiber 2m 16s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 35 Mbps Satellite 3m 54s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Ekalaka, Montana

  • Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative - 83.0% Availability in Ekalaka - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • West River Cooperative Telephone Company - 4.8% Availability in Ekalaka - Speeds up to 60 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Ekalaka - Speeds up to 35 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Ekalaka - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Ekalaka

Ekalaka Internet Competition Map. Click for interactive map.
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Ekalaka is the 153rd most connected city in Montana ahead of Baker, but behind Miles City, Belle Fourche, Hettinger, and Bowman.

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

Approximately 100 people in Carter 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: 58% of people living in Ekalaka 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 52% of Ekalaka 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 Carter County, approximately 400 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 in Ekalaka

Data from our researchers shows that popular ISPs in the area place some sort of limit on streaming for their residential broadband plans. Data caps are disliked because customers view caps as a strategy for limiting "cord cutting", while providers insist that they are a necessary tool as they struggle to manage network traffic. In either case, the problem is the same: video streaming, which can use 1–7GB/hour.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Ekalaka

Provider Type Coverage Speed
Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative DSL and Fiber 83.0%+ 1,000 Mbps
West River Cooperative Telephone Company Fiber 4.8%+ 60 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 35 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps

Compare Ekalaka to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Ekalaka 1.4 Mbps 5 $1.18 ( + $0.00 )
New York 349.1 Mbps ( +347.7 Mbps ) 15 ( +10 ) $0.18 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 107.1 Mbps ( +105.7 Mbps ) 18 ( +13 ) $0.20 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 99.7 Mbps ( +98.3 Mbps ) 15 ( +10 ) $0.33 ( $0.00 )
Houston 111.7 Mbps ( +110.3 Mbps ) 21 ( +16 ) $0.21 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 115.3 Mbps ( +113.9 Mbps ) 9 ( +4 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )