Internet Providers in Alpena, South Dakota

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Residential Internet Statistics for Alpena, SD
Wired Internet Providers: 3
Average Speed Test Result: 47.31 Mbps
Top Advertised Speed: 500 Mbps
No Broadband Access: 10.85%

Internet Access in Alpena, South Dakota

Consumers will find 8 Internet service providers (ISPs) in Alpena. There are 2 mobile providers, and 6 offer wired or wireless residential broadband.

Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) and HughesNet are Alpena's most widely available wired broadband choices.

DSL Internet providers connect customers to broadband services via phone wires, which explains why DSL is typically sold through companies that historically offered phone connections. DSL network technology is available for 94.57 percent of Alpena homes. Refer to the speed graphs directly below for more information about how the promised speed, latency, and etc line up with actual speedsrecorded by local subscribers.

We should note here that since FCC availability data is processed twice a year and only published 6+ months after, data shown here may have minor inaccuracies. Our process incorporates availability data directly from some Internet providers to help reduce this delay.

To get a detailed view of broadband competition around Alpena, activate the map below and use the zoom tools to navigate. The average density of market competition is 1.28 providers covering each census block. Unfortunately, this leaves 81.78 percent of consumers with inadequate broadband coverage.

Internet Statistics 2021

400 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 Alpena, South Dakota

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Santel Communications 500 Mbps DSL and Fiber 16s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 35 Mbps Satellite 3m 54s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
CenturyLink 20 Mbps DSL 6m 49s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Alpena, South Dakota

  • Santel - 89.0% Availability in Alpena - Speeds up to 500 Mbps
  • CenturyLink - 5.6% Availability in Alpena - Speeds up to 20 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Alpena - Speeds up to 35 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Alpena - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Alpena

Alpena Internet Competition Map. Click for interactive map.
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Alpena is the 238th most connected city in South Dakota behind Huron, Mitchell, Redfield, De Smet, and Miller.

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

Fiber Availability: 18% of people living in Alpena 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.

Data Caps in Alpena

Data from our researchers shows that some of the popular ISPs currently use data caps on home Internet plans. Data caps are controversial because subscribers view caps as a strategy to discourage "cord cutting", while providers insist that caps are a necessary tool as they struggle to manage heavy network traffic. In either case, the culprit is the same: over-the-top streaming, which easily eats up anywhere from 1–7GB per hour.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Alpena

Provider Type Coverage Speed
Santel Communications DSL, Fiber, and Fixed Wireless 89.0%+ 500 Mbps
CenturyLink DSL 5.6%+ 20 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 35 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Santel Communications Fiber 5.9%+ 500 Mbps
CenturyLink Business DSL 5.4%+ 40 Mbps

Compare Alpena to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Alpena 47.3 Mbps 6 $0.38 ( + $0.00 )
New York 349.1 Mbps ( +301.8 Mbps ) 15 ( +9 ) $0.18 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 107.1 Mbps ( +59.8 Mbps ) 18 ( +12 ) $0.20 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 99.7 Mbps ( +52.4 Mbps ) 15 ( +9 ) $0.33 ( $0.00 )
Houston 111.7 Mbps ( +64.4 Mbps ) 21 ( +15 ) $0.21 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 115.3 Mbps ( +68 Mbps ) 9 ( +3 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )