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Internet Service in North Dakota

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Internet Access in North Dakota

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Coverage by County

North Dakota Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage by county.
86.8%
86.8% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
77.7%
77.7% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

66.3

22nd

Broadband Speeds

94.4%

of North Dakotans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

91.5%

of North Dakotans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

98.2%

of North Dakotans have access to wireline service.

51.9%

of North Dakotans have access to fiber-optic service.

69.2%

of North Dakotans have access to cable service.

68.6%

of North Dakotans have access to DSL service.

Largest Competing Providers In North Dakota

Coverage by County in North Dakota

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Adams 100.0%
Barnes 94.7%
Benson 99.6%
Billings 63.9%
Bottineau 94.6%
Bowman 100.0%
Burke 85.4%
Burleigh 99.7%
Cass 96.6%
Cavalier 100.0%
Dickey 99.8%
Divide 98.5%
Dunn 99.3%
Eddy 100.0%
Emmons 100.0%
Foster 100.0%
Golden Valley 65.4%
Grand Forks 92.2%
Grant 96.4%
Griggs 92.0%
Hettinger 100.0%
Kidder 100.0%
LaMoure 100.0%
Logan 100.0%
McHenry 95.4%
McIntosh 100.0%
McKenzie 85.5%
McLean 96.4%
Mercer 100.0%
Morton 98.1%
Mountrail 91.7%
Nelson 100.0%
Oliver 100.0%
Pembina 100.0%
Pierce 100.0%
Ramsey 100.0%
Ransom 99.3%
Renville 99.0%
Richland 89.4%
Rolette 95.4%
Sargent 100.0%
Sheridan 100.0%
Sioux 98.5%
Slope 99.0%
Stark 99.3%
Steele 74.1%
Stutsman 98.6%
Towner 88.2%
Traill 85.6%
Walsh 86.8%
Ward 96.4%
Wells 100.0%
Williams 96.7%

Internet Speed in Top North Dakota Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Fargo 60.5 MBPS 14 Providers
2. Bismarck 62.6 MBPS 11 Providers
3. Grand Forks 83.5 MBPS 12 Providers
4. Minot 81.7 MBPS 8 Providers
5. West Fargo 122.4 MBPS 13 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in North Dakota

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Sparklight (formerly Cable One) 86.1 MBPS
BEK Communications Cooperative 81.0 MBPS
Consolidated Telcom 60.6 MBPS
North Dakota Telephone Company 37.6 MBPS
CenturyLink 34.6 MBPS

The State of Broadband in North Dakota, 2020

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 9/1/2020.

In comparison with states nationwide, North Dakota ranks 22nd in terms of broadband access. With the exception of a few less-connected counties, statewide internet coverage is fairly widespread and consistent. Much higher than the national average of 25% coverage, 41.5% of North Dakotans have access to fiber-optic internet service. Average download speeds throughout the state hover at around 90.5 Mbps.

The Digital Divide in North Dakota

Access to reasonably priced high-speed internet is available to the majority of North Dakota’s residents. However, a digital divide remains between North Dakotans who have such access available at their residence and those who do not.

With 98 wired internet providers operating in North Dakota, 15,000 people still do not have access to a single internet provider, and another 186,000 North Dakotans only have access to one provider, making it impossible to switch to a better or lower-priced service, should the need arise. While 94.6% of people in North Dakota have access to wired broadband services capable of 25 Mbps speeds, 33,000 residents remain without the same kind of service.

However, current affordability data reveals that North Dakota is well above national averages when it comes to offering low-priced internet. Over three-quarters, (77.7%) of North Dakota residents have access to a monthly internet plan that costs $60 or less.

Best-Connected Cities

While North Dakota has relatively even coverage in comparison to many states, there are some cities that outshine others in regard to internet connectivity. The best-connected cities in North Dakota are New England, Taylor, Mott, Belcourt, and Cooperstown, with New England ranking the best in the state.

Worst-Connected Cities

In contrast, a handful of places in North Dakota are left poorly connected. The cities with the worst internet connection at this time are Ayr, Fairdale, Caledonia, Pillsbury, and Arvilla with the ladder ranking the lowest in the state.

Find out how North Dakota’s connection compares with other states nationwide here.

Governmental Initiatives

North Dakota’s primary broadband program known as Broadband ND works to collect data on the state’s current broadband landscape with the goal of expanding and improving existing conditions. To that end, the program has received $3,664,087 in federal grant money as well as another $10.78 million to fuel broadband infrastructure projects within the state.

Information found above has been extracted from both public and private datasets. Read more about our data here.

Sources: Data collected via the FCC, NTIA, and other sources. For a full list of data sources please visit our data page.

North Dakota Cities

Average speed over time
Belcourt 100.0% 6 providers
Bismarck 99.7% 11 providers
Devils Lake 100.0% 7 providers
Dickinson 100.0% 10 providers
Fargo 99.3% 14 providers
Grafton 80.5% 8 providers
Grand Forks 95.7% 12 providers
Jamestown 99.3% 9 providers
Mandan 97.8% 10 providers
Minot 96.5% 8 providers
Minot Afb 96.1% 7 providers
Rugby 100.0% 8 providers
Valley City 99.7% 11 providers
Wahpeton 85.3% 10 providers
West Fargo 98.9% 13 providers
Williston 96.4% 8 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.