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Internet providers in 56401

Find internet providers serving the 56401 area. Compare plan pricing and speeds from fiber-optic, cable and DSL providers.

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56401 internet providers

Provider
Frontier $54.99 VariesDSL3.880%
Spectrum $49.99 300 - 1,000 Mbps **Cable64%
CenturyLink $50.00 *** 10 - 940 MbpsDSL45%
Consolidated Telecommunications Company $35.00 50 - 2,000 MbpsFiber-optic49%
Consolidated Telecommunications Company $35.00 50 - 2,000 MbpsDSL29%
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56401 internet service at a glance

At 95%, broadband coverage in the 56401 ZIP code 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 56401 ZIP will have access to cable, which covers 71% of households. Fiber-optic internet is also an option for many, offering service to 64% of the area. DSL is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 13% of those living in the 56401 ZIP code.

There are seven internet providers serving the 56401 area, and 77.33% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among seven internet providers in 56401, 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
Spectrum 149 Mbps 11 Mbps Cable
Frontier 1 Mbps 1 Mbps DSL
SCI 72 Mbps 11 Mbps Cable
Consolidated Telecommunications Company 86 Mbps 52 Mbps Fiber-optic

Top high-speed internet providers in 56401

The largest internet providers serving the 56401 ZIP code are Spectrum, CenturyLink, and Consolidated Telecommunications Company bringing cable, DSL, and fiber-optic options to the area.

Cable internet from Spectrum is available to most in the 56401 ZIP code, covering 64% of households. Some will also have the option of DSL from CenturyLink, which covers 45% of the area. Brainerd’s third most-available internet provider, Consolidated Telecommunications Company, offers fiber-optic to around 49% of residents in the 56401 ZIP code.

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

64%

Cable from Spectrum offers broadband to most households in the 56401 ZIP code, covering 64% of the area.

Spectrum’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but 56401 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, $54.16.

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 56401 ZIP code. These download speeds are available to 64% 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

45%

DSL from CenturyLink offers broadband to about half of households in the 56401 ZIP code, covering 45% of the area.

DSL internet from CenturyLink uses telephone lines 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, $54.16.

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 56401 ZIP code. These download speeds are available to 45% 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 fiber-optic internet

Provider

Consolidated Telecommunications Company

Starting price*
$35/mo.
Max download speed

2,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

250 Mbps

Average availability

49%

Fiber-optic from Consolidated Telecommunications Company offers broadband to about half of households in the 56401 ZIP code, covering 49% of the area.

Fiber-optic service from Consolidated Telecommunications Company is popular for its fast download and upload speeds, even during peak usage times, but may be less available throughout 56401 ZIP code than other internet types.

Internet prices for Consolidated Telecommunications Company start at $35/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in Brainerd, $54.16.

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 250 Mbps in 56401 ZIP code. These download speeds are available to 49% 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 have limited cable, DSL and fiber-optic internet options in the 56401 ZIP code, satellite and fixed wireless providers may be available.

Satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat offers 100% availability in 56401 and the greater Brainerd area. 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 in the 56401 ZIP, 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, fiber-optic, and DSL internet providers.

Internet providers in 56401 frequently asked questions

Consolidated Telecommunications Company is the fastest internet provider in the 56401 ZIP code with download speeds up to 2,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 49% of households in 56401. The next fastest internet provider in the 56401 ZIP code is Consolidated Telecommunications Company, offering download speeds up to 2,000 Mbps to 29% of the area.

Consolidated Telecommunications Company offers the cheapest internet in the 56401 ZIP with service starting at $35/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Brainerd, $54.16.

Consolidated Telecommunications Company is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider serving the 56401 ZIP code, covering 49% of the city.

Each video streaming service has varying recommended speeds, but speeds up to 10 Mbps will often handle streaming on one device. For HD and 4K streaming, consider faster speeds of at least 25 Mbps to reduce buffering and maintain optimal picture quality.

Download speeds of 25 Mbps and above are considered broadband speeds, and can handle most online activities including streaming and gaming. For households with multiple devices using a Wi-Fi connection, speeds of 100 Mbps and higher are likely to offer a better online experience. Learn more about what speeds are best for your home.

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.