Internet Providers in Sterling, ND

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Residential Internet Statistics for Sterling, ND
Internet Providers: 3
Internet Plans: 3
Fastest Speed Available: 2,500 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $116.5

Internet Access in Sterling, North Dakota

The average Sterling household can get Internet service from 1 providers.

Taking a look at network technologies available across the city, the most widespread hardwired Internet connection options are Satellite (virtually one hundred percent coverage) and Fiber (practically one hundred percent coverage). Fiber infrastructure uses more modern Fiber-optical lines composed of thousands of glass strands that transmit Internet data using light. Some fiber connections switch to to copper connections in the "last mile." As a result, not all fiber connections offer "gigabit" speeds.

Viasat Internet offers the largest coverage area in Sterling. They are accessible for virtually one hundred percent of Sterling. HughesNet is also a common option, providing close to one hundred percent of the area with Satellite service. The fastest plan advertised by HughesNet for Sterling is 25 Mbps.

BEK Communications Cooperative is a common alternative. They offer virtually one hundred percent coverage and a maximum speed of 2,500 Mbps.

The Internet coverage statistics here and elsewhere on BroadbandNow are drawn from governmental data from the FCC and privatized data we source directly from providers. Statistics regarding speed and performance data is sourced primarily from M-Labs, which is the speed test tool shown within our site as well as Google and Chrome queries. Our in-house market research team has hand-filed price on 58 Internet plans and bundles for Sterling as of 2021.

Internet Statistics 2021

300 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 Sterling, North Dakota

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
BEK Communications Cooperative 2,500 Mbps Fiber 3s
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Sterling, North Dakota

  • BEK Communications - Fiber - 100.0% Availability in Sterling - Speeds up to 2,500 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Sterling - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Sterling - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Sterling

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Sterling is the 238th most connected city in North Dakota ahead of Fort Yates and Linton, but behind Mandan, Bismarck, and Washburn.

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

Approximately 300 people in Burleigh 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: 100% of people living in Sterling 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.

In Burleigh County, approximately 300 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 Cord Cutting Around Sterling

Data from our market researchers suggests that some of the popular ISPs use data caps for their home Internet packages. Data caps are disliked since users view them as a tactic to discourage "cord cutting". Providers insist data caps are a necessary strategy for managing network congestion. In either case, the culprit is video streaming, which can use 1–7GB per hour.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Sterling

Provider Type Coverage Speed
BEK Communications Cooperative Fiber 100% 2,500 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
BEK Communications Cooperative Fiber 100% 2,500 Mbps
Dakota Carrier Network Fiber 92.5%+ 1,000 Mbps

Compare Sterling to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Sterling 111.4 Mbps 3 $0.09 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +304 Mbps ) 16 ( +13 ) $0.21 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( +7.5 Mbps ) 17 ( +14 ) $0.15 ( + $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( +4.8 Mbps ) 15 ( +12 ) $0.19 ( + $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( +16 Mbps ) 23 ( +20 ) $0.18 ( + $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( +16.2 Mbps ) 8 ( +5 ) $0.18 ( + $0.00 )