Internet Providers in Lakeside, Montana

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Residential Internet Statistics for Lakeside, MT
Wired Internet Providers: 4
Average Speed Test Result: 8.39 Mbps
Top Advertised Speed: 940 Mbps
No Broadband Access: 13.62%

Internet Access in Lakeside, Montana

Information shown on this page is based on the FCC's bi-annual provider territory reporting. BroadbandNow also uses direct reporting from providers and other privatized data to enhance that information, down to the census block level. Pricing and plan data shown here is aggregated manually by our data analysis team. We have collected and verified 172 Internet plans in Lakeside since 2014. Speed test data in the graph below is limited to 632 records as of 2021. This gives a snapshot of what some subscribers are getting in the area, but trends low since tests are usually run to diagnose home networking issues.

MontanaSky Networks is an alternative to the primary providers (Viasat and HughesNet), serving Lakeside with close to one hundred percent local coverage and a maximum download speed of 10 Mbps. Wired Internet isn't the only choice for Internet for residents of Lakeside. For example, fixed wireless outfits like MontanaSky Networks are able to deliver 20 Mbps over direct wireless technology. Aside from consumer broadband, there are 2 providers in Lakeside with specialized enterprise and business subscriptions like point-to-point connectivity and MPLS. We list all providers with explicit business packages on their website.

Considering network technology in use around Lakeside, we see that the most prevalent hardwired Internet connection infrastructures are DSL and Cable, with near one hundred percent and 86.38% respectively. Television providers are usually the source for cable Internet and Wifi service, thanks to the fact that they can re-purpose existing coaxial TV wires — which already connect to most homes — to connect customers to Internet service. Cable can often make sense for Lakeside residents because of the strong speeds in an attainable price range. Phone companies usually offer DSL connections, which makes technical sense because DSL sends data packets via telephone lines. Compared to other copper-based networks, the twisted copper makeup seen in phone lines outputs a lower bandwidth ceiling compared to newer wire types such as cable and several times less than fiber.

So far as coverage options, the average Lakeside home will find 3-4 providers serving their address, or precisely 3.41 providers in each census block.

According to the latest FCC data and direct provider reporting, Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) and HughesNet are the largest ISPs in Lakeside in terms of coverage area. As the interactive maps below illustrate, these providers often overlap in most blocks around Lakeside.

  • There are 8 internet providers in Lakeside with 7 of those offering residential service
  • Lakeside is the 71st most connected city in Montana ahead of Kila and Bigfork, but behind Polson, Kalispell, and Somers.

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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Lakeside, Montana

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Spectrum 940 Mbps Cable 8s
CenturyLink 940 Mbps DSL and Fiber 8s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 35 Mbps Satellite 3m 54s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
MontanaSky Networks 10 Mbps DSL 13m 39s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Lakeside, Montana

  • CenturyLink - 98.0% Availability in Lakeside - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • MontanaSky - 100.0% Availability in Lakeside - Speeds up to 10 Mbps
  • Spectrum - 86.4% Availability in Lakeside - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Lakeside - Speeds up to 35 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Lakeside - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Lakeside

Lakeside Internet Competition Map. Click for interactive map.
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Lakeside is the 71st most connected city in Montana ahead of Kila and Bigfork, but behind Polson, Kalispell, and Somers.

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

Approximately 500 people in Flathead 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: 9% of people living in Lakeside 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 100% of Lakeside 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 Flathead County, approximately 22,000 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 Caps and Video Streaming Around Lakeside

Data collected by our researchers shows that some of the common providers in the area place some sort of limit on streaming on residential Internet packages. Data caps are a public issue lately because consumers see them as a tactic for limiting streaming services, while providers explain they are a necessary tool as they struggle to manage network congestion. In either case, the culprit is video streaming, which can consume one to seven Gigabytes per hour.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Lakeside

Provider Type Coverage Speed
MontanaSky Networks DSL and Fixed Wireless 100% 20 Mbps
CenturyLink DSL and Fiber 98.0%+ 940 Mbps
Spectrum Cable 86.4%+ 940 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 35 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
CenturyLink Business DSL and Fiber 66.7%+ 940 Mbps
Spectrum Business Cable 37.5%+ 940 Mbps

Compare Lakeside to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Lakeside 8.4 Mbps 7 $0.20 ( + $0.00 )
New York 349.1 Mbps ( +340.7 Mbps ) 15 ( +8 ) $0.18 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 107.1 Mbps ( +98.7 Mbps ) 18 ( +11 ) $0.20 ( + $0.00 )
Chicago 99.7 Mbps ( +91.3 Mbps ) 15 ( +8 ) $0.33 ( + $0.00 )
Houston 111.7 Mbps ( +103.3 Mbps ) 21 ( +14 ) $0.21 ( + $0.00 )
Philadelphia 115.3 Mbps ( +106.9 Mbps ) 9 ( +2 ) $0.26 ( + $0.00 )