Internet Service in North Dakota

Internet Access in North Dakota

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Coverage by County

86.8%
77.7%

73.3

22nd

Broadband Speeds

95.2%

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

92.6%

of North Dakotans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

98.4%

of North Dakotans have access to wireline service

45.9%

of North Dakotans have access to fiber-optic service

71.1%

of North Dakotans have access to cable service

67.7%

of North Dakotans have access to DSL service

Largest Competing Providers In North Dakota

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Coverage by County in North Dakota

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Adams 100.0%
Barnes 95.6%
Benson 99.6%
Billings 60.2%
Bottineau 99.9%
Bowman 100.0%
Burke 85.4%
Burleigh 99.7%
Cass 95.7%
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 94.1%
Grant 96.9%
Griggs 92.2%
Hettinger 100.0%
Kidder 100.0%
LaMoure 100.0%
Logan 100.0%
McHenry 99.9%
McIntosh 100.0%
McKenzie 86.5%
McLean 96.4%
Mercer 100.0%
Morton 98.1%
Mountrail 91.8%
Nelson 100.0%
Oliver 100.0%
Pembina 100.0%
Pierce 100.0%
Ramsey 100.0%
Ransom 99.3%
Renville 99.0%
Richland 92.1%
Rolette 99.0%
Sargent 100.0%
Sheridan 100.0%
Sioux 97.9%
Slope 99.0%
Stark 99.2%
Steele 74.3%
Stutsman 98.2%
Towner 88.2%
Traill 85.8%
Walsh 91.5%
Ward 98.8%
Wells 100.0%
Williams 97.3%

Internet Speed in Top North Dakota Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Fargo 71.3 MBPS 15 Providers
2. Bismarck 75.7 MBPS 12 Providers
3. Grand Forks 93.5 MBPS 13 Providers
4. Minot 82.4 MBPS 8 Providers
5. West Fargo 143.4 MBPS 13 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in North Dakota

The State of Broadband in North Dakota, 2021

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 2/2/2021.

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
Alexander 91.1%
7 providers
Anamoose 100.0%
8 providers
Arvilla 55.0%
7 providers
Ashley 100.0%
7 providers
Beach 87.7%
7 providers
Belcourt 100.0%
6 providers
Belfield 74.3%
9 providers
Berthold 99.9%
6 providers
Beulah 100.0%
7 providers
Binford 96.6%
9 providers
Bismarck 99.7%
12 providers
Bottineau 100.0%
8 providers
Bowbells 100.0%
7 providers
Bowdon 100.0%
8 providers
Bowman 100.0%
7 providers
Buffalo 58.6%
9 providers
Burlington 93.0%
7 providers
Cando 100.0%
7 providers
Carrington 100.0%
7 providers
Carson 96.7%
6 providers
Casselton 95.3%
9 providers
Cavalier 100.0%
7 providers
Center 100.0%
8 providers
Cooperstown 100.0%
8 providers
Crary 100.0%
6 providers
Crosby 100.0%
6 providers
Davenport 59.3%
10 providers
Dazey 84.9%
9 providers
Des Lacs 100.0%
6 providers
Devils Lake 100.0%
9 providers
Dickinson 100.0%
10 providers
Drayton 98.6%
8 providers
Dunseith 95.6%
8 providers
Edgeley 100.0%
7 providers
Edinburg 100.0%
7 providers
Edmore 100.0%
7 providers
Elgin 99.7%
6 providers
Ellendale 100.0%
7 providers
Enderlin 99.4%
10 providers
Epping 99.6%
7 providers
Fairmount 100.0%
9 providers
Fargo 97.9%
15 providers
Fessenden 100.0%
7 providers
Fingal 64.3%
12 providers
Finley 99.1%
7 providers
Flasher 100.0%
6 providers
Fordville 100.0%
7 providers
Forman 100.0%
7 providers
Fort Ransom 100.0%
6 providers
Fort Totten 100.0%
6 providers
Fort Yates 99.7%
6 providers
Gackle 100.0%
8 providers
Garrison 95.4%
8 providers
Gilby 99.0%
9 providers
Glen Ullin 100.0%
7 providers
Glenburn 100.0%
7 providers
Grafton 90.3%
8 providers
Grand Forks 98.3%
13 providers
Grenora 100.0%
7 providers
Gwinner 100.0%
6 providers
Halliday 100.0%
8 providers
Hankinson 100.0%
9 providers
Hannaford 56.8%
8 providers
Harvey 100.0%
8 providers
Hatton 61.5%
8 providers
Hazelton 100.0%
6 providers
Hazen 100.0%
7 providers
Hebron 100.0%
7 providers
Hettinger 100.0%
7 providers
Hillsboro 98.5%
7 providers
Hoople 100.0%
8 providers
Hope 80.5%
9 providers
Horace 89.6%
9 providers
Hunter 100.0%
11 providers
Jamestown 99.1%
9 providers
Jud 100.0%
8 providers
Kenmare 94.6%
7 providers
Killdeer 99.9%
8 providers
Kindred 76.5%
12 providers
Kulm 100.0%
7 providers
Lakota 100.0%
7 providers
Lamoure 100.0%
7 providers
Langdon 100.0%
7 providers
Larimore 87.0%
9 providers
Leeds 99.9%
6 providers
Lidgerwood 100.0%
10 providers
Linton 100.0%
6 providers
Lisbon 100.0%
7 providers
Maddock 100.0%
6 providers
Mandan 97.7%
11 providers
Mandaree 93.4%
6 providers
Manvel 61.5%
7 providers
Mapleton 76.4%
9 providers
Max 87.3%
7 providers
Mayville 85.8%
9 providers
Mcclusky 100.0%
6 providers
Mcville 100.0%
7 providers
Medina 100.0%
8 providers
Menoken 100.0%
9 providers
Michigan 100.0%
7 providers
Milnor 100.0%
7 providers
Minnewaukan 100.0%
6 providers
Minot 99.2%
8 providers
Minot Afb 100.0%
7 providers
Mohall 100.0%
7 providers
Mooreton 98.8%
8 providers
Mott 100.0%
8 providers
Munich 94.3%
7 providers
Napoleon 100.0%
7 providers
Neche 100.0%
8 providers
New England 100.0%
7 providers
New Rockford 100.0%
8 providers
New Salem 100.0%
8 providers
New Town 96.9%
6 providers
Northwood 73.4%
8 providers
Oakes 99.6%
7 providers
Oberon 100.0%
6 providers
Page 70.2%
9 providers
Park River 100.0%
7 providers
Parshall 95.1%
7 providers
Pembina 100.0%
7 providers
Plaza 90.5%
7 providers
Powers Lake 99.7%
7 providers
Ray 100.0%
6 providers
Regent 100.0%
7 providers
Rhame 100.0%
7 providers
Richardton 100.0%
8 providers
Rolette 100.0%
8 providers
Rolla 100.0%
7 providers
Rugby 100.0%
8 providers
Ryder 82.8%
6 providers
Saint John 100.0%
7 providers
Saint Thomas 100.0%
6 providers
Sawyer 100.0%
6 providers
Scranton 100.0%
7 providers
Sheyenne 100.0%
6 providers
Solen 99.0%
6 providers
South Heart 99.6%
9 providers
Stanley 90.6%
8 providers
Stanton 100.0%
7 providers
Steele 100.0%
6 providers
Strasburg 100.0%
6 providers
Streeter 100.0%
7 providers
Surrey 100.0%
7 providers
Taylor 100.0%
7 providers
Tioga 100.0%
6 providers
Tolna 100.0%
7 providers
Tower City 81.4%
9 providers
Towner 100.0%
8 providers
Turtle Lake 100.0%
7 providers
Underwood 100.0%
7 providers
Valley City 100.0%
11 providers
Velva 100.0%
6 providers
Wahpeton 90.1%
10 providers
Walhalla 100.0%
8 providers
Washburn 100.0%
8 providers
Watford City 96.1%
6 providers
West Fargo 99.0%
13 providers
Westhope 100.0%
6 providers
Williston 97.0%
8 providers
Willow City 99.6%
9 providers
Wilton 100.0%
7 providers
Wimbledon 99.2%
11 providers
Wishek 100.0%
6 providers
Wyndmere 100.0%
7 providers
Zap 100.0%
7 providers