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Internet Providers in Great Falls, Montana
Residential Internet Statistics for Great Falls, MT
|Fastest Speed Available:||1,000 Mbps|
|Average Plan Price:||$80.39|
Most Popular Internet Providers in Great Falls, Montana:
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Internet Access in Great Falls, Montana
The average household in Great Falls can get service from 4-5 Internet providers This is a strong amount of choice in comparison to other cities in Montana. Competition between several providers in a city is correlated with more consumer-friendly regional pricing.
Montana Internet Corporation as well as CenturyLink can also provide Internet service in Great Falls, often competing for the same customers.
The packages listed on this page are manually gathered through our data science and research team.
DSL and cable are the primary broadband options around the Great Falls area. They are fighting for the same subscribers at many addresses and generally competing with each other. Cable speed tends to be stronger, but big-picture metrics we've recorded with either network system are similar.
According to the most recent FCC filings, Viasat Internet and HughesNet are the most commonly avialable ISPs in Great Falls in terms of coverage. As the map below shows, these providers often compete at addresses around Great Falls.
Internet Statistics 2021
2.8% of consumers in Great Falls1,000 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 Great Falls, Montana
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|KDS Networks||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s||2.2%|
|Blackfoot Communications||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s||1.5%|
|CenturyLink||940 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||92.9%|
|3 Rivers Telephone Cooperative||500 Mbps||Fiber||16s||1.2%|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s||100.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|Montana Internet Corporation||7 Mbps||DSL||19m 30s||99.9%|
The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.
Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.
This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.
Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.
25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.
Internet Service for Education in Great Falls
Economic development studies often highlight a strong pattern between internet service access and enhanced schooling. At the college level, personal Internet access is almost a necessity as colleges such as University Of Great Falls switch to web-based platforms to distribute student work. Looking at 6,192 speed tests recorded over the past year at addresses within 2 miles of University Of Great Falls campus, performance averages are close to 53.07 Mbps — far above the lowest speeds needed for viewing video and operating hosted or communication platforms.
Data Caps in Great Falls
Data from our research team suggests that some of the common ISPs place some sort of limit on data use on home Internet packages. Data caps are a public issue since subscribers view caps as a strategy to discourage streaming, while providers explain that data caps are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage network traffic. Either way, the culprit is over-the-top streaming, which easily consumes 1–7GB per hour.
Compare Great Falls to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Great Falls||57.4 Mbps||14||$0.75 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +477 Mbps )||17 ( +3 )||$0.89 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( +91.4 Mbps )||17 ( +3 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( +103.2 Mbps )||15 ( +1 )||$0.26 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( +112.1 Mbps )||23 ( +9 )||$0.25 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( +104.7 Mbps )||8 ( -6 )||$0.38 ( $0.00 )|