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Internet providers in Helena, MT

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Helena, MT internet providers

Provider
Spectrum $49.99 300 - 1,000 Mbps **Cable100%
CenturyLink $50.00 *** 10 - 940 MbpsDSL78%
Montana Internet $65.00 8 - 1,000 MbpsDSL100%
Montana Internet $65.00 8 - 1,000 MbpsFiber-optic13%
BCIIDAHO $58.00 15 - 1,000 MbpsWired3.520%
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Helena internet service at a glance

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

The vast majority of those living in the Helena area will have access to cable, which covers 100% of Helena residents. DSL internet is also an option for many, offering service to 18% of the area. Fiber-optic is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 5.710% of those living in Helena.

There are six internet providers serving the Helena area, and 99.96% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Helena's six internet providers, prices start at $49.99 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

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Average internet speeds in Helena

ProviderDownload speedUpload speedInternet type
BCIIDAHO 23 Mbps 12 Mbps Wired
Spectrum 100 Mbps 12 Mbps Cable
CenturyLink 33 Mbps 9 Mbps DSL
Viasat 8 Mbps 2 Mbps Satellite

Top high-speed internet providers in Helena

The largest internet providers in Helena are Spectrum, CenturyLink, and Montana Internet bringing cable and DSL options to Helena.

Cable internet from Spectrum is available to nearly all Helena residents, covering 100% of households. Many will also have the option of DSL from CenturyLink, which covers 78% of the area. Helena’s third most-available internet provider, Montana Internet, offers DSL to around 100% of Helena 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 Helena covering 100% of the area.

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

Internet prices for Spectrum start at $49.99/mo.*, which is lower than the average starting price for internet in Helena, $59.66.

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 Helena, $0.82.

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 Helena. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Helena's providers, 366 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

78%

DSL from CenturyLink offers broadband to most households in Helena covering 78% of the area.

DSL internet from CenturyLink uses telephone lines in Helena 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 lower than the average starting price for internet in Helena, $59.66.

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 Helena, $0.82.

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 Helena. These download speeds are available to 78% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Helena's providers, 366 Mbps.

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Montana Internet DSL internet

Provider

Montana Internet

Starting price*
$65/mo.
Max download speed

1,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

1 Mbps

Average availability

100%

DSL from Montana Internet offers broadband to all households in Helena covering 100% of the area.

DSL internet from Montana Internet uses telephone lines in Helena 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 Montana Internet start at $65/mo.*, which is higher than the average starting price for internet in Helena, $59.66.

Montana Internet customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 8 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $8.13 per Mbps, significantly higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Helena, $0.82.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Montana Internet offers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1 Mbps in Helena. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Helena's providers, 366 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

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

Satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat offers 100% availability in Helena and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are higher than average in Helena at $64.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Viasat starting prices are significantly higher than average in Helena at $69.99/mo. for speeds up to 150 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many Helena 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 Helena 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 Helena cable, DSL, and fiber-optic internet providers.

Internet provider frequently asked questions

Spectrum is the fastest internet provider in Helena with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps*. These speeds are available to 100% of households in Helena. The next fastest internet provider in Helena is Montana Internet, offering download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to 100% of the area.

Spectrum offers the cheapest internet in Helena with plans starting at $49.99/mo. This is slightly less than the average starting price for internet in Helena, $59.66.

Montana Internet is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Helena, covering 13% of the city. BCIIDAHO also offers fiber internet in Helena and is available to 2.289% of households.

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.

Take a speed test to see what download and upload speeds you are getting. For the best results, perform the test over a wired connection. View our speed test guide for a full breakdown of your results. If you want faster speeds, consider these tips for boosting internet speed, or shop for faster internet plans in your area.

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