Internet providers in Bismarck, ND

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Bismarck, ND internet providers

Provider
CenturyLink $65.00 20 - 1,000 MbpsFiber-optic2.375%
CenturyLink $45.00 20 - 100 MbpsDSL74%
Midcontinent Communications $49.95 10 - 1,000 MbpsCable99%
HughesNet $59.99 25 - 25 MbpsSatellite100%
Viasat $50.00 12 - 5 MbpsSatellite100%
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Bismarck internet service at a glance

At 100%, broadband coverage in Bismarck is comparable to the rest of North Dakota - 99%, and comparable to broadband coverage across the U.S. - 95%.

The vast majority of those living in the Bismarck area will have access to cable, which covers 99% of Bismarck residents. DSL internet is also an option for many, offering service to 95% of the area. Fiber-optic is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 2.380% of those living in Bismarck.

There are five internet providers serving the Bismarck area, and 94.34% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Bismarck's five internet providers, prices start at $29.95 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

Top high-speed internet providers in Bismarck

The largest internet providers in Bismarck are CenturyLink, Midcontinent Communications, and HughesNet bringing DSL, cable, and satellite options to Bismarck.

DSL internet from CenturyLink is available to most Bismarck residents, covering 74% of households. Many will also have the option of cable from Midcontinent Communications, which covers 99% of the area. Bismarck’s third most-available internet provider, HughesNet, offers satellite to around 100% of Bismarck residents.

CenturyLink DSL internet

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

100 Mbps

Max upload speed

40 Mbps

Average availability

74%

DSL from CenturyLink offers broadband to most households in Bismarck covering 74% of the area.

DSL internet from CenturyLink uses telephone lines in Bismarck 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 Bismarck, $46.98.

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 Bismarck, $2.61.

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 Bismarck. These download speeds are available to 74% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Bismarck's providers, 430 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

99%

Cable from Midcontinent Communications offers broadband to all households in Bismarck covering 99% of the area.

Midcontinent Communications’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Bismarck 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 Bismarck, $46.98.

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 Bismarck, $2.61.

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 Bismarck. These download speeds are available to 99% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Bismarck's providers, 430 Mbps.

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HughesNet satellite internet

Provider
HughesNet
Starting price*
$59.99/mo.
Max download speed

25 Mbps

Max upload speed

3 Mbps

Average availability

100%

Satellite from HughesNet offers broadband to all households in Bismarck covering 100% of the area.

HughesNet satellite internet offers reliable connection in areas of Bismarck where other internet types may not be available, but service is likely to come with low monthly data allowances and high latency, making streaming binges and real-time online gaming impractical.

Internet prices for HughesNet start at $59.99/mo.*, which is significantly higher than the average starting price for internet in Bismarck, $46.98.

HughesNet customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 25 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $2.40 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Bismarck, $2.61.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, HughesNet offers download speeds up to 25 Mbps and upload speeds up to 3 Mbps in Bismarck. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Bismarck's providers, 430 Mbps.

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Internet provider frequently asked questions

CenturyLink is the fastest internet provider in Bismarck with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 2.375% of households in Bismarck. The next fastest internet provider in Bismarck is Midcontinent Communications, offering download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to 99% of the area.

Northern Skies offers the cheapest internet in Bismarck with plans starting at $29.95/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Bismarck, $46.98.

CenturyLink is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Bismarck, covering 2.375% of the city.

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.

Using your own router is a good way to cut internet costs without having to downgrade your internet plan. You can also try negotiating for a lower price with your current provider, or switch to another internet provider to take advantage of introductory pricing and special promotions.

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.