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Internet providers in Brainerd, MN

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Brainerd, MN internet providers

Provider
Spectrum $49.99 300 - 1,000 Mbps **Cable100%
CenturyLink $50.00 *** 10 - 940 MbpsDSL96%
Consolidated Telecommunications Company $35.00 50 - 2,000 MbpsDSL73%
Consolidated Telecommunications Company $35.00 50 - 2,000 MbpsFiber-optic18%
HughesNet $64.99 25 - 25 MbpsSatellite100%
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Brainerd internet service at a glance

At 100%, broadband coverage in Brainerd 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 Brainerd area will have access to cable, which covers 100% of Brainerd residents. Fiber-optic internet is also an option for many, offering service to 60% of the area. DSL is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 35% of those living in Brainerd.

There are five internet providers serving the Brainerd area, and 99.78% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Brainerd's five internet providers, prices start at $35 and available download speeds reach up to 2,000 Mbps.

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Average internet speeds in Brainerd

ProviderDownload speedUpload speedInternet type
Consolidated Telecommunications Company 86 Mbps 52 Mbps DSL
Spectrum 149 Mbps 11 Mbps Cable

Top high-speed internet providers in Brainerd

The largest internet providers in Brainerd are Spectrum, CenturyLink, and Consolidated Telecommunications Company bringing cable and DSL options to Brainerd.

Cable internet from Spectrum is available to nearly all Brainerd residents, covering 100% of households. Many will also have the option of DSL from CenturyLink, which covers 96% of the area. Brainerd’s third most-available internet provider, Consolidated Telecommunications Company, offers DSL to around 73% of Brainerd residents.

Spectrum cable internet

Provider
Spectrum
Starting price*
$49.99/mo.
Max download speed

1,000 Mbps**

(wireless speeds may vary)

Max upload speed

5 Mbps

Average availability

100%

Cable from Spectrum offers broadband to all households in Brainerd covering 100% of the area.

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

Internet prices for Spectrum start at $49.99/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Brainerd, $53.99.

Spectrum customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 300 Mbps**, which comes to an estimated $0.17 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Brainerd, $0.55.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Spectrum offers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps** and upload speeds up to 5 Mbps in Brainerd. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Brainerd's providers, 105 Mbps.

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CenturyLink DSL internet

Provider
CenturyLink
Starting price*
$50/mo.
Max download speed

940 Mbps

Max upload speed

40 Mbps

Average availability

96%

DSL from CenturyLink offers broadband to nearly all households in Brainerd covering 96% of the area.

DSL internet from CenturyLink uses telephone lines in Brainerd 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 $50/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Brainerd, $53.99.

CenturyLink 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 Brainerd, $0.55.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, CenturyLink offers download speeds up to 940 Mbps and upload speeds up to 40 Mbps in Brainerd. These download speeds are available to 96% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Brainerd's providers, 105 Mbps.

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Consolidated Telecommunications Company DSL internet

Provider

Consolidated Telecommunications Company

Starting price*
$35/mo.
Max download speed

2,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

1 Mbps

Average availability

73%

DSL from Consolidated Telecommunications Company offers broadband to most households in Brainerd covering 73% of the area.

DSL internet from Consolidated Telecommunications Company uses telephone lines in Brainerd 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 Consolidated Telecommunications Company start at $35/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in Brainerd, $53.99.

Consolidated Telecommunications Company customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 50 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.70 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Brainerd, $0.55.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Consolidated Telecommunications Company offers download speeds up to 2,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1 Mbps in Brainerd. These download speeds are available to 73% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Brainerd's providers, 105 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

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

Satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat offers 100% availability in Brainerd and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are significantly higher than average in Brainerd at $64.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Viasat starting prices are significantly higher than average in Brainerd at $69.99/mo. for speeds up to 150 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many Brainerd residents, however, as service typically comes with high latency and low data allowances.

Fixed wireless is another popular internet option for those in rural areas. Those living in or just outside of Brainerd may have access to fixed wireless internet service from HughesNet, with plans starting at $64.99 and available download speeds up to 25 Mbps. Fixed wireless service is less likely to come with the high latency of satellite internet, but monthly data limits can still be an issue compared to Brainerd cable, DSL, and fiber-optic internet providers.

Internet provider frequently asked questions

Consolidated Telecommunications Company is the fastest internet provider in Brainerd with download speeds up to 2,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 73% of households in Brainerd. The next fastest internet provider in Brainerd is Consolidated Telecommunications Company, offering download speeds up to 2,000 Mbps to 18% of the area.

Consolidated Telecommunications Company offers the cheapest internet in Brainerd with plans starting at $35/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Brainerd, $53.99.

Consolidated Telecommunications Company is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Brainerd, covering 18% of the city.

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.

Wi-Fi extenders are handy when your router can’t project a strong signal to everywhere in your home that you need it. Your internet provider may offer Wi-Fi extenders for an added monthly cost, or you can purchase one online or from most electronics retailers.

Cable internet will nearly always offer faster speeds than DSL, but typically at a higher price point. So if you’re shopping for cheap internet plans, DSL may be your better option but if you want speed, consider cable internet.