Internet Providers in Buffalo, SD

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Residential Internet Statistics for Buffalo, SD
Internet Providers: 4
Internet Plans: 5
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $55.85

Internet Access in Buffalo, South Dakota

As made clear in the table below, wireless service is is the only meaningfully affordable Internet source available for Buffalo addresses.

According to the latest FCC reporting, 94.93 percent of residents are limited to a single option for home Internet, or none.

West River Cooperative Telephone Company is an alternative. They offer a top speed of 50 Mbps.

The broadband coverage data listed here is sourced via FCC coverage reports specific to the area, and is cross-validated through private databases to output more detailed results than can be accessed through the FCC directly. Information about speed and pricing of current Internet plans is sourced by manually collecting tens of thousands of data points each year.

According to the latest FCC data, Viasat Internet and HughesNet are the strongest providers in Buffalo as measured by coverage. As the interactive map below demonstrates, the more common companies frequently compete at addresses around Buffalo.

Internet Statistics 2021

600 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 Buffalo, South Dakota

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Consolidated Telcom 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
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 Buffalo, South Dakota

  • West River Cooperative Telephone Company - Fiber - 100.0% Availability in Buffalo - Speeds up to 150 Mbps
  • Consolidated - Fiber - 5.1% Availability in Buffalo - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Buffalo - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Buffalo - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Buffalo

Buffalo Internet Competition Map. Click for interactive map.
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Buffalo is the 279th most connected city in South Dakota ahead of Baker, but behind Belle Fourche, Hettinger, Bowman, 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 Buffalo 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 and Video Streaming Around Buffalo

Data from our researchers suggests that top ISPs in Buffalo place a limit on data use for their home Internet plans. Data caps are a public issue since customers see them as a strategy to limit streaming, while providers maintain that they are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage heavy network congestion. In either case, the issue is over-the-top streaming, which can consume 1–7GB/hr.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Buffalo

Provider Type Coverage Speed
West River Cooperative Telephone Company Fiber 100% 150 Mbps
Consolidated Telcom Fiber 5.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps

Compare Buffalo to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Buffalo 9.8 Mbps 4 $1.12 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +405.6 Mbps ) 16 ( +12 ) $0.70 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( +109.1 Mbps ) 17 ( +13 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( +106.4 Mbps ) 15 ( +11 ) $0.27 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( +117.6 Mbps ) 23 ( +19 ) $0.27 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( +117.8 Mbps ) 8 ( +4 ) $0.37 ( $0.00 )