Internet providers in Rapid City, SD

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Rapid City internet service at a glance

At 100%, broadband coverage in Rapid City is comparable to the rest of South Dakota - 98%, and comparable to broadband coverage across the U.S. - 95%.

The vast majority of those living in the Rapid City area will have access to cable, which covers 100% of Rapid City residents. DSL internet is also an option for many, offering service to 96% of the area. Fiber-optic is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 5.260% of those living in Rapid City.

There are six internet providers serving the Rapid City area, and 97.91% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Rapid City's six internet providers, prices start at $49 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

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Top high-speed internet providers in Rapid City

The largest internet providers in Rapid City are CenturyLink, HughesNet, and ViaSat, Inc. bringing DSL and satellite options to Rapid City.

DSL internet from CenturyLink is available to most Rapid City residents, covering 58% of households. Many will also have the option of satellite from HughesNet, which covers 100% of the area. Rapid City’s third most-available internet provider, ViaSat, Inc., offers satellite to around 100% of Rapid City residents.

CenturyLink DSL internet

Provider
CenturyLink
Starting price*
$49/mo.
Max download speed

100 Mbps

Max upload speed

40 Mbps

Average availability

58%

DSL from CenturyLink offers broadband to about half of households in Rapid City covering 58% of the area.

DSL internet from CenturyLink uses telephone lines in Rapid City 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 $49/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Rapid City, $53.00.

CenturyLink customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 12 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $4.08 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Rapid City, $4.08.

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 Rapid City. These download speeds are available to 58% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Rapid City's providers, 377 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 Rapid City covering 100% of the area.

HughesNet satellite internet offers reliable connection in areas of Rapid City 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 higher than the average starting price for internet in Rapid City, $53.00.

HughesNet customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 2 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $30.00 per Mbps, significantly lower than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Rapid City, $4.08.

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 Rapid City. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Rapid City's providers, 377 Mbps.

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ViaSat, Inc. satellite internet

Provider

ViaSat, Inc.

Starting price*
$50/mo.
Max download speed

5 Mbps

Max upload speed

1 Mbps

Average availability

100%

Satellite from ViaSat, Inc. offers broadband to all households in Rapid City covering 100% of the area.

ViaSat, Inc. satellite internet offers reliable connection in areas of Rapid City 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 ViaSat, Inc. start at $50/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Rapid City, $53.00.

ViaSat, Inc. customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 12 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $4.17 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Rapid City, $4.08.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, ViaSat, Inc. offers download speeds up to 5 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1 Mbps in Rapid City. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Rapid City's providers, 377 Mbps.

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Rapid City, SD internet providers

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Provider
CenturyLink $49/mo. 12 - 1,000 MbpsFiber-optic5.262%
CenturyLink $49/mo. 12 - 100 MbpsDSL58%
Midcontinent Communications - -Cable99%
Clarity Telecom, LLC - -Cable96%
Clarity Telecom, LLC - -DSL1.053%
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Internet provider frequently asked questions

CenturyLink is the fastest internet provider in Rapid City with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 5.262% of households in Rapid City. The next fastest internet provider in Rapid City is Midcontinent Communications, offering download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to 99% of the area.

CenturyLink offers the cheapest internet in Rapid City with plans starting at $49/mo. This is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Rapid City, $53.00.

CenturyLink is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Rapid City, covering 5.262% of the city.

The only broadband internet type that requires a phone line is DSL and dial-up, which use phone lines to deliver service. Other internet types, such as cable, fiber-optic and satellite, require no phone line for broadband service.

If you suspect your slow speeds are the result of your internet provider throttling your connection, the easiest way to determine if you’re being throttled is to perform two speed tests. Run the first test on your regular network, then run the second one on a VPN. If the two speeds are drastically different (and the VPN test was higher), your internet provider may be throttling your speeds.

Speeds of 10 Mbps and higher are good for gaming, but what you really want to consider when choosing an internet service for gaming is latency, or ping. Latency is the measure of how long it takes for your device to communicate with the server and is the main contributor to lag. The higher the ping, the more likely you are to experience lagging. Shoot for an internet service with latency below 100 ms.