Internet Providers in Bison, South Dakota

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Residential Internet Statistics for Bison, SD
Wired Internet Providers: 2
Average Speed Test Result: 12.46 Mbps
Top Advertised Speed: 60 Mbps
No Broadband Access: 0.58%

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 68 Internet plans in the area around Bison since founding in 2014. Speed test data in the graph below is limited to 422 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 (formerly Exede) 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 300 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 99 percent of Bison.

Internet Statistics 2021

300 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 60 Mbps Fiber and DSL 2m 16s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 35 Mbps Satellite 3m 54s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Bison, South Dakota

  • West River Cooperative Telephone Company - 99.4% Availability in Bison - Speeds up to 60 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Bison - Speeds up to 35 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Bison - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Bison

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Bison is the 109th most connected city in South Dakota ahead of Lemmon and Mc Laughlin, but behind Hettinger, Bowman, and Eagle Butte.

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

Fiber Availability: 99% 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.

Approximately 33% of Bison 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.

In Perkins County, approximately 39 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 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 and DSL 99.4%+ 60 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 35 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 12.5 Mbps 4 $1.41 ( + $0.00 )
New York 349.1 Mbps ( +336.6 Mbps ) 15 ( +11 ) $0.18 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 107.1 Mbps ( +94.6 Mbps ) 18 ( +14 ) $0.20 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 99.7 Mbps ( +87.2 Mbps ) 15 ( +11 ) $0.33 ( $0.00 )
Houston 111.7 Mbps ( +99.2 Mbps ) 21 ( +17 ) $0.21 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 115.3 Mbps ( +102.8 Mbps ) 9 ( +5 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )