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Rapid City, SD internet providers

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CenturyLink $65 12 - 1,000 MbpsFiber-optic5.262%
CenturyLink $45 12 - 100 MbpsDSL58%
MIDCO - 150 - 1,000 MbpsCable99%
Vast Broadband $39.99 100 - 200 MbpsCable96%
Vast Broadband $39.99 100 - 8 MbpsDSL1.053%
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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 $39.99 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

Top high-speed internet providers in Rapid City

The largest internet providers in Rapid City are CenturyLink, Vast Broadband, and HughesNet bringing DSL, cable, 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 cable from Vast Broadband, which covers 96% of the area. Rapid City’s third most-available internet provider, HughesNet, offers satellite to around 100% of Rapid City residents.

CenturyLink DSL internet

Provider
CenturyLink
Starting price*
$45/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 $45/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Rapid City, $48.75.

CenturyLink customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 12 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $3.75 per Mbps, higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Rapid City, $0.75.

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, 335 Mbps.

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Vast Broadband cable internet

Provider

Vast Broadband

Starting price*
$39.99/mo.
Max download speed

200 Mbps

Max upload speed

20 Mbps

Average availability

96%

Cable from Vast Broadband offers broadband to nearly all households in Rapid City covering 96% of the area.

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

Internet prices for Vast Broadband start at $39.99/mo.*, which is lower than the average starting price for internet in Rapid City, $48.75.

Vast Broadband customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 100 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.40 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Rapid City, $0.75.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Vast Broadband offers download speeds up to 200 Mbps and upload speeds up to 20 Mbps in Rapid City. These download speeds are available to 96% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Rapid City's providers, 335 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 significantly higher than the average starting price for internet in Rapid City, $48.75.

HughesNet customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 25 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $2.40 per Mbps, higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Rapid City, $0.75.

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, 335 Mbps.

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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 MIDCO, offering download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to 99% of the area.

Vast Broadband offers the cheapest internet in Rapid City with plans starting at $39.99/mo. This is slightly less than the average starting price for internet in Rapid City, $48.75.

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

Fiber and cable internet are similar internet service types, but fiber offers a few advantages over cable. Fiber internet can deliver faster upload and download speeds than cable in most areas, and is less vulnerable to slowed speeds during peak usage times. Cable does have the advantage over fiber in terms of availability, covering 89% of U.S. households compared to fiber’s 38%.

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.

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.