Internet Providers in Grand Forks, ND

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Residential Internet Statistics for Grand Forks, ND
Internet Providers: 13
Internet Plans: 8
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $56.59

Internet Access in Grand Forks, North Dakota

Viasat Internet has the strongest coverage footprint in Grand Forks. HughesNet is also widely available.

Looking at the network technology types within Grand Forks, you essentially see two choices: cable (providers such as Midco) and DSL (think CenturyLink).

Keep in mind that since FCC data is collected biannually and only published six or more months after filing, availability shown here may not be complete.

Midco is another commonly available Internet choice for Grand Forks. They offer Cable service available to 96 percent of the area.

In summary, Internet coverage is far from perfect in Grand Forks. As it stands, only 4,000 Grand Forks locals have access to fewer than one providers.

Internet Statistics 2021

4,000 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 Grand Forks, North Dakota

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Midco 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit 940 Mbps Fiber 8s
CenturyLink 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Grand Forks, North Dakota

  • CenturyLink - DSL - 93.6% Availability in Grand Forks - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Midco - Cable - 96.8% Availability in Grand Forks - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit - Fiber - 11.3% Availability in Grand Forks - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Grand Forks - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Grand Forks - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Grand Forks

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Grand Forks is the 143rd most connected city in North Dakota ahead of Crookston, Grand Forks Afb, East Grand Forks, and Thompson, but behind Warren.

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

Approximately 1,000 people in Grand Forks 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: 6% of people living in Grand Forks 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 91% of Grand Forks 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, 58201 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Grand Forks.

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

In Grand Forks County, approximately 4,000 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.

Internet for Education in Grand Forks

Economic development reports often spot a large correlation between broadband access and improved education. For education, personal Internet access is virtually a requirement as colleges such as move web-based platforms to share student work.

Data Cap Issues and Cord Cutting in Grand Forks

Data from our market research team shows that top ISPs in Grand Forks use data caps for their home broadband plans. Data caps are disliked since subscribers view caps as a tactic to discourage video streaming, while providers insist they are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage network traffic. Either way, the culprit is streaming services, which easily uses anywhere from one to seven Gigabytes per hour.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Grand Forks

Provider Type Coverage Speed
CenturyLink DSL 93.6%+ 100 Mbps
Midco Cable 96.8%+ 1,000 Mbps
Midco Fixed Wireless 44.3%+ 50 Mbps
CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit Fiber 11.3%+ 940 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
CenturyLink Business DSL 99.7%+ 100 Mbps
Midco Business Fixed Wireless 99.8%+ 50 Mbps
Midco Business Cable 35.5%+ 1,000 Mbps
Dakota Carrier Network Fiber 35.3%+ 1,000 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Fiber 9.1%+ 940 Mbps
Allstream Copper 3.3%+ -- Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 1.5%+ 1.5 Mbps
Consolidated Communications (Formerly Fairpoint Communications) Copper 0.4%+ -- Mbps
GTT Communications Copper 0.4%+ -- Mbps
Syringa Networks Fiber 0.1%+ 100 Mbps

Compare Grand Forks to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Grand Forks 99.2 Mbps 6 $0.74 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +316.2 Mbps ) 15 ( +9 ) $0.54 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( +19.7 Mbps ) 17 ( +11 ) $0.23 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( +17 Mbps ) 14 ( +8 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( +28.2 Mbps ) 23 ( +17 ) $0.24 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( +28.4 Mbps ) 8 ( +2 ) $0.34 ( $0.00 )

Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Grand Forks

Great service.

I have had service for many years. It works and service has been great.

Best cable company I have ever had

Midco has made great improvements in their products and offerings during the last 6 years we have been with them. For the price (not on contract) the internet speed is a great value. Their customer service staff and service technicians have always been great.