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Internet providers in Columbus, MN

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Columbus, MN internet providers

Provider
Xfinity $29.99 25 - 250 MbpsCable16%
CenturyLink $45.00 20 - 120 MbpsDSL96%
Midcontinent Communications $49.95 10 - 1,000 MbpsCable83%
HughesNet $59.99 25 - 25 MbpsSatellite100%
Viasat $50.00 12 - 25 MbpsSatellite100%
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Columbus internet service at a glance

At 99%, broadband coverage in Columbus 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 Columbus area will have access to DSL, which covers 99% of Columbus residents. Cable internet is also an option for many, offering service to 83% of the area. No fiber-optic providers are currently available in Columbus, but satellite or fixed-wireless providers may offer broadband options in your area.

There are six internet providers serving the Columbus area, and 83.33% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Columbus's six internet providers, prices start at $29.99 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

Top high-speed internet providers in Columbus

The largest internet providers in Columbus are Xfinity, CenturyLink, and Midcontinent Communications bringing cable and DSL options to Columbus.

Cable internet from Xfinity is available to many Columbus residents, covering 16% of households. Many will also have the option of DSL from CenturyLink, which covers 96% of the area. Columbus’s third most-available internet provider, Midcontinent Communications, offers cable to around 83% of Columbus residents.

Xfinity cable internet

Provider
Xfinity
Starting price*
$29.99/mo.
Max download speed

250 Mbps

Max upload speed

25 Mbps

Average availability

16%

Cable from Xfinity offers broadband to a limited number of households in Columbus covering 16% of the area.

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

Internet prices for Xfinity start at $29.99/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in Columbus, $43.15.

Xfinity customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 25 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $1.20 per Mbps, lower than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Columbus, $2.40.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Xfinity offers download speeds up to 250 Mbps and upload speeds up to 25 Mbps in Columbus. These download speeds are available to 16% of the area, and are about the same as the average max speeds from all Columbus's providers, 284 Mbps.

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CenturyLink DSL internet

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

120 Mbps

Max upload speed

40 Mbps

Average availability

96%

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

DSL internet from CenturyLink uses telephone lines in Columbus 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 about the same as the average starting price for internet in Columbus, $43.15.

CenturyLink customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 20 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $2.25 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Columbus, $2.40.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, CenturyLink offers download speeds up to 120 Mbps and upload speeds up to 40 Mbps in Columbus. These download speeds are available to 96% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Columbus's providers, 284 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

83%

Cable from Midcontinent Communications offers broadband to nearly all households in Columbus covering 83% of the area.

Midcontinent Communications’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Columbus 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 higher than the average starting price for internet in Columbus, $43.15.

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, higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Columbus, $2.40.

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 Columbus. These download speeds are available to 83% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Columbus's providers, 284 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

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

Satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat offers 100% availability in Columbus and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are significantly higher than average in Columbus at $59.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Viasat starting prices are higher than average in Columbus at $50/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many Columbus 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 Columbus may have access to fixed wireless internet service from HughesNet, with plans starting at $59.99 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 Columbus DSL and cable internet providers.

Internet provider frequently asked questions

Midcontinent Communications is the fastest internet provider in Columbus with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 83% of households in Columbus. The next fastest internet provider in Columbus is Xfinity, offering download speeds up to 250 Mbps to 16% of the area.

Communications offers the cheapest internet in Columbus with plans starting at $23.95/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Columbus, $43.15.

Yes. Fiber-optic internet is a completely different technology than DSL or cable internet, and therefore requires a different type of modem. In many cases, you can get the required modem from your internet provider at no extra cost.

Learn the penalty, if any, of canceling service with your current provider. Find other internet providers in your area and compare plans and pricing. Choose the internet provider and plan that best meets your needs. Order your new services and get your installation/activation date. Call your current internet provider and cancel service by the activation date of your new service.

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.