Internet Providers in Grand Island, Nebraska

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Residential Internet Statistics for Grand Island, NE
Wired Internet Providers: 6
Average Speed Test Result: 65.48 Mbps
Top Advertised Speed: 1,000 Mbps
No Broadband Access: 2.8%

Internet Access in Grand Island, Nebraska

Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) has the most availability in Grand Island. HughesNet is also a common option.

In terms of Internet availability, the average home in Grand Island will have 6-7 providers serving their location, or exactly 6.38 providers in each census block. Only 1.12 percent of Grand Island residents have one or fewer options for home Internet service.

The data on this page comes via FCC reports. Data is enhanced using privatized data sources and direct provider reporting to provide more granular results than is available from government websites. Information about speeds and pricing of individual broadband plans is sourced by our research and analysis division, who collect tens of thousands of data points each year.

KDSI Internet Services provides an second choice to the primary providers (Viasat and HughesNet). They offer practically one hundred percent coverage and a maximum speed of 6 Mbps. Wired broadband isn't actually the only choice for Internet in Grand Island. For example, fixed wireless providers like Hamilton.net can reach 15 Mbps or more via wireless technology. Outside of residential Internet, there are also 8 companies in Grand Island with specialized enterprise-level products and services like point-to-point connectivity or custom fiber loops. The small business listings above include all providers with explicit business services on their site, although some offer both home and business broadband.

To summarize, Grand Island's Internet infrastructure follows a similar pattern to other Nebraska communities: wide coverage for cable and DSL, with the catch that most houses are stuck with one company for either service. This pattern results from the fact that Broadband service providers have their roots as cable television and landline telephone corporations, and use these pre-existing networks to deliver their broadband Internet bundles.

  • There are 21 internet providers in Grand Island with 13 of those offering residential service
  • Grand Island is the 24th most connected city in Nebraska ahead of Doniphan, Aurora, Central City, and Saint Paul, but behind Wood River.
  • The fastest zip code in Grand Island for February 2021 is 68803. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

500 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 Grand Island, Nebraska

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Allo Communications 1,000 Mbps DSL and Fiber 8s
Spectrum 940 Mbps Cable 8s
CenturyLink 940 Mbps DSL and Fiber 8s
Rise Broadband 100 Mbps Fixed Wireless 1m 21s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
KDSI Internet Services 6 Mbps DSL 22m 45s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Grand Island, Nebraska

  • CenturyLink - 95.4% Availability in Grand Island - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • KDSI Internet Services - 99.9% Availability in Grand Island - Speeds up to 6 Mbps
  • Spectrum - 96.9% Availability in Grand Island - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Rise Broadband - 95.2% Availability in Grand Island - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Allo Communications - 7.5% Availability in Grand Island - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Grand Island - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Grand Island - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Grand Island

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Grand Island is the 24th most connected city in Nebraska ahead of Doniphan, Aurora, Central City, and Saint Paul, but behind Wood River.

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

Approximately 56 people in Hall 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 99% of Grand Island 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.

As of this month, 68803 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Grand Island.

Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.

In Hall 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 Around Grand Island

Data collected by our market researchers suggests that some of the common providers currently use data caps on home Internet plans. Data caps are controversial since subscribers see caps as a tactic for limiting "cord cutting". Providers insist that they are a necessary tool for managing network congestion. In either case, the problem is the same: streaming video, which can eat up 1–7GB per hour.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Grand Island

Provider Type Coverage Speed
KDSI Internet Services DSL and Fixed Wireless 99.9%+ 50 Mbps
CenturyLink DSL and Fiber 95.4%+ 940 Mbps
Hamilton.net Fixed Wireless 100% 15 Mbps
Viaero Wireless Fixed Wireless 100% 25 Mbps
Spectrum Cable 96.9%+ 940 Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 95.2%+ 100 Mbps
Allo Communications DSL and Fiber 7.5%+ 1,000 Mbps
LTD Broadband Fixed Wireless 7.5%+ 100 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 100% 100 Mbps
CenturyLink Business DSL and Fiber 98.5%+ 940 Mbps
Great Plains Communications Fiber 66.2%+ -- Mbps
Spectrum Business Cable 58.3%+ 940 Mbps
Unite Private Networks Fiber 24.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
NebraskaLink Fiber 12.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
Allo Communications Fiber 0.9%+ 1,000 Mbps
ICS Advanced Technologies Copper 0.5%+ 50 Mbps
GTT Communications Copper 0.1%+ -- Mbps

Compare Grand Island to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Grand Island 65.5 Mbps 14 $0.45 ( + $0.00 )
New York 349.1 Mbps ( +283.6 Mbps ) 15 ( +1 ) $0.46 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 107.1 Mbps ( +41.6 Mbps ) 18 ( +4 ) $0.23 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 99.7 Mbps ( +34.2 Mbps ) 15 ( +1 ) $0.30 ( $0.00 )
Houston 111.7 Mbps ( +46.2 Mbps ) 21 ( +7 ) $0.24 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 115.3 Mbps ( +49.8 Mbps ) 9 ( -5 ) $0.34 ( $0.00 )