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Internet providers in Bemidji, MN

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Bemidji, MN internet providers

Provider
CenturyLink $45.00 20 - 100 MbpsDSL84%
Paul Bunyan Communications $60.00 250 - 1,000 MbpsFiber-optic100%
Midcontinent Communications $49.95 10 - 1,000 MbpsCable98%
Paul Bunyan Communications $60.00 250 - 50 MbpsDSL22%
HughesNet $59.99 25 - 25 MbpsSatellite100%
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Bemidji internet service at a glance

At 100%, broadband coverage in Bemidji is comparable to the rest of Minnesota - 97%, and comparable to broadband coverage across the U.S. - 95%.

The vast majority of those living in the Bemidji area will have access to fiber-optic, which covers 100% of Bemidji residents. Cable internet is also an option for many, offering service to 98% of the area. DSL is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 96% of those living in Bemidji.

There are five internet providers serving the Bemidji area, and 99.46% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Bemidji's five internet providers, prices start at $45 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

Top high-speed internet providers in Bemidji

The largest internet providers in Bemidji are CenturyLink, Paul Bunyan Communications, and Midcontinent Communications bringing DSL, fiber-optic, and cable options to Bemidji.

DSL internet from CenturyLink is available to most Bemidji residents, covering 84% of households. Many will also have the option of fiber-optic from Paul Bunyan Communications, which covers 100% of the area. Bemidji’s third most-available internet provider, Midcontinent Communications, offers cable to around 98% of Bemidji residents.

CenturyLink DSL internet

Provider
CenturyLink
Starting price*
$45/mo.
Max download speed

100 Mbps

Max upload speed

40 Mbps

Average availability

84%

DSL from CenturyLink offers broadband to nearly all households in Bemidji covering 84% of the area.

DSL internet from CenturyLink uses telephone lines in Bemidji to deliver service, which often leads to lower prices and higher availability, though download speeds are likely to be slower than cable or fiber-optic internet.

Internet prices for CenturyLink start at $45/mo.*, which is lower than the average starting price for internet in Bemidji, $52.99.

CenturyLink customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 20 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $2.25 per Mbps, higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Bemidji, $0.47.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, CenturyLink offers download speeds up to 100 Mbps and upload speeds up to 40 Mbps in Bemidji. These download speeds are available to 84% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Bemidji's providers, 436 Mbps.

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Paul Bunyan Communications fiber-optic internet

Provider

Paul Bunyan Communications

Starting price*
$60/mo.
Max download speed

1,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

1,000 Mbps

Average availability

100%

Fiber-optic from Paul Bunyan Communications offers broadband to all households in Bemidji covering 100% of the area.

Fiber-optic service from Paul Bunyan Communications is popular for its fast download and upload speeds, even during peak usage times, but may be less available throughout Bemidji than other internet types.

Internet prices for Paul Bunyan Communications start at $60/mo.*, which is higher than the average starting price for internet in Bemidji, $52.99.

Paul Bunyan Communications customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 250 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.24 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Bemidji, $0.47.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Paul Bunyan Communications offers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1,000 Mbps in Bemidji. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Bemidji's providers, 436 Mbps.

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Midcontinent Communications cable internet

Provider

Midcontinent Communications

Starting price*
$49.95/mo.
Max download speed

1,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

20 Mbps

Average availability

98%

Cable from Midcontinent Communications offers broadband to nearly all households in Bemidji covering 98% of the area.

Midcontinent Communications’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Bemidji residents in densely populated areas may experience slowed speeds during peak usage times.

Internet prices for Midcontinent Communications start at $49.95/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Bemidji, $52.99.

Midcontinent Communications customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 10 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $5.00 per Mbps, significantly higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Bemidji, $0.47.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Midcontinent Communications offers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 20 Mbps in Bemidji. These download speeds are available to 98% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Bemidji's providers, 436 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

If you live in the heart of Bemidji, you’ll likely have options from fiber-optic, cable, and DSL internet providers. For those in rural areas or just outside Bemidji, however, satellite or fixed wireless internet may be the best internet option.

Satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat offers 100% availability in Bemidji and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are higher than average in Bemidji at $59.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Viasat starting prices are about average in Bemidji at $50/mo. for speeds up to 5 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many Bemidji residents, however, as service typically comes with high latency and low data allowances.

Internet provider frequently asked questions

Paul Bunyan Communications is the fastest internet provider in Bemidji with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 100% of households in Bemidji. The next fastest internet provider in Bemidji is Midcontinent Communications, offering download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to 98% of the area.

CenturyLink offers the cheapest internet in Bemidji with plans starting at $45/mo. This is slightly less than the average starting price for internet in Bemidji, $52.99.

Paul Bunyan Communications is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Bemidji, covering 100% of the city.

Downgrading services or cutting extras, such as Wi-Fi extenders or premium tech support, can lower your monthly internet bill. You can also try to negotiate with your internet provider for a lower rate. Switching internet providers and bundling internet with other services is another common way to lower internet costs.

Wi-Fi connects your device to a router, but that router needs to be connected to the internet for your device to also be connected to the internet. You need an internet service provider to get Wi-Fi.

There are benefits to using your own router vs. buying or renting one from your internet provider, such as lower monthly costs and more product options. If you choose to use your own router, keep in mind that your internet provider’s tech support may not be able to fully assist you with your personal router. Select providers may not give you the option to use your own router.