Internet Providers in Bison, SD

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Residential Internet Statistics for Bison, SD
Internet Providers: 3
Internet Plans: 1
Fastest Speed Available: 150 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $71

Internet Access in Bison, South Dakota

Data on BroadbandNow is based on the FCC's bi-annual provider coverage reporting. We also use direct provider coverage reports to further validate and enhance that information. Plane and pricing information is collected manually through our data science team. To date, we've analyzed and verified 74 Internet plans in the area around Bison since founding in 2014. Speed test data in the graph below is limited to 348 records as of 2021. This gives a snapshot of what some subscribers are getting in the area, but trends low since tests are usually run to diagnose home networking issues.

Coverage from the two biggest providers, Viasat Internet and HughesNet, as a rule, will overlap. As a result, the decision between Viasat and HughesNet is common.

Due to the lack of Internet infrastructure, satellite broadband are the only technologies with broad coverage for most households in Bison and the surrounding area.

Zooming in on the less developed neighborhoods in Bison, data shows that as many as 500 people have only one or fewer choices for broadband Internet.

Outside of the Internet providers listed above, West River Cooperative Telephone Company is another option to consider. They have wired broadband in near one hundred percent of the Bison area.

Internet Statistics 2021

500 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 Bison, South Dakota

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
West River Cooperative Telephone Company 150 Mbps Fiber 54s
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Bison, South Dakota

  • West River Cooperative Telephone Company - Fiber - 100.0% Availability in Bison - Speeds up to 150 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Bison - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Bison - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Bison

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Bison is the 304th most connected city in South Dakota ahead of Mc Laughlin, but behind Hettinger, Bowman, Eagle Butte, and Lemmon.

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

Fiber Availability: 100% of people living in Bison 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 Cap Issues and Cord Cutting Around Bison

Data collected by our researchers shows that popular ISPs in Bison use data caps on residential broadband connections. Data caps are disliked since subscribers view caps as a strategy to stop streaming. Providers insist caps are a necessary strategy as they struggle to manage network congestion. Either way, the culprit is the same: streaming services, which easily consumes anywhere from 1–7GB/hr.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Bison

Provider Type Coverage Speed
West River Cooperative Telephone Company Fiber 100% 150 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps

Compare Bison to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Bison 13.1 Mbps 3 $3.03 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +402.3 Mbps ) 16 ( +13 ) $0.70 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( +105.8 Mbps ) 17 ( +14 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( +103.1 Mbps ) 15 ( +12 ) $0.27 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( +114.3 Mbps ) 23 ( +20 ) $0.27 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( +114.5 Mbps ) 8 ( +5 ) $0.37 ( $0.00 )