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Internet Service in Montana

Sparsely populated Montana is a challenge for Internet service providers. However, despite the challenge, 91.3% of those living there can get speeds of 10 Mbps on downloads, using wired or wireless Internet. Yet this is much lower than the national average.

In Big Sky Country, DSL is available to 85% of the population, cable Internet to 68.3%, wireless Internet to 96.9%, and fiber Internet to only 3.4%. These levels are significantly lower than rates nationwide. In addition, less than 7% of Montanans have the choice of more than 3 Internet providers for their service.

It is understandable that 32.3% of Montana residents have no Internet available for personal use.

0.30%

Population with faster than 1.00 gbps available.

98.40%

Population with only 100.00 mbps speeds or less available.

77.50%

Population with only 25.00 mbps speeds or less available.

21.80 mbps

Average internet download speed across the state

9.80%

Population with no wired internet access available.

90.20%

Population with wired internet access available.

34.00%

Population underserved with minimum service options available

19

Average broadband score for Montana

Broadband in Montana

Largest Cities in MontanaProvidersMax Speeds (mbps)Avg. Speeds (mbps)Broadband Score
Baker, MT730.00 mbps3.00 mbps12.31 mbps1.49 mbps17
Belgrade, MT141.00 gbps1.00 gbps79.50 mbps64.83 mbps50
Big Sky, MT10100.00 mbps11.00 mbps13.03 mbps2.62 mbps14
Bigfork, MT10100.00 mbps5.00 mbps19.62 mbps1.72 mbps26
Billings, MT171.00 gbps1.00 gbps27.17 mbps15.91 mbps53
Bozeman, MT201.00 gbps1.00 gbps24.88 mbps14.28 mbps33
Choteau, MT730.00 mbps3.00 mbps14.43 mbps1.43 mbps14
Colstrip, MT1130.00 mbps11.00 mbps9.77 mbps2.03 mbps20
Columbia Falls, MT9100.00 mbps5.00 mbps22.02 mbps1.77 mbps23
Columbus, MT10100.00 mbps5.00 mbps20.10 mbps2.00 mbps34
Conrad, MT8100.00 mbps3.00 mbps15.05 mbps1.50 mbps19
Cut Bank, MT1130.00 mbps3.00 mbps9.72 mbps1.35 mbps24
Deer Lodge, MT9100.00 mbps5.00 mbps21.07 mbps1.74 mbps22
Dillon, MT9100.00 mbps5.00 mbps21.97 mbps2.08 mbps26
East Helena, MT13100.00 mbps11.00 mbps15.74 mbps2.18 mbps26
Forsyth, MT1030.00 mbps3.00 mbps13.31 mbps1.59 mbps29
Frenchtown, MT16100.00 mbps16.00 mbps7.53 mbps2.41 mbps15
Gallatin Gateway, MT15225.00 mbps225.00 mbps23.94 mbps17.06 mbps25
Glasgow, MT630.00 mbps5.00 mbps14.97 mbps1.97 mbps13
Glendive, MT830.00 mbps3.00 mbps12.85 mbps1.52 mbps22
Great Falls, MT181.00 gbps1.00 gbps13.11 mbps2.39 mbps25
Hamilton, MT12100.00 mbps16.00 mbps18.33 mbps3.02 mbps28
Hardin, MT950.00 mbps3.00 mbps13.47 mbps1.57 mbps28
Havre, MT9200.00 mbps150.00 mbps22.63 mbps2.40 mbps26
Helena, MT16100.00 mbps40.00 mbps13.13 mbps1.88 mbps26
Kalispell, MT11100.00 mbps100.00 mbps19.66 mbps2.09 mbps26
Lakeside, MT9100.00 mbps100.00 mbps21.99 mbps2.02 mbps23
Lame Deer, MT830.00 mbps11.00 mbps12.22 mbps2.90 mbps13
Laurel, MT16100.00 mbps11.00 mbps13.23 mbps1.96 mbps40
Lewistown, MT1030.00 mbps3.00 mbps9.90 mbps1.23 mbps26
Libby, MT750.00 mbps3.00 mbps20.29 mbps1.80 mbps18
Livingston, MT11100.00 mbps5.00 mbps18.37 mbps1.98 mbps26
Lolo, MT17100.00 mbps16.00 mbps13.62 mbps2.67 mbps28
Malta, MT7200.00 mbps150.00 mbps43.03 mbps15.16 mbps28
Miles City, MT9100.00 mbps10.00 mbps11.98 mbps1.49 mbps26
Missoula, MT181.00 gbps1.00 gbps13.81 mbps2.91 mbps28
Pablo, MT13100.00 mbps11.00 mbps15.52 mbps2.02 mbps22
Plentywood, MT61.00 gbps1.00 gbps25.57 mbps11.20 mbps19
Polson, MT14100.00 mbps20.00 mbps15.15 mbps2.14 mbps26
Red Lodge, MT1030.00 mbps5.00 mbps12.70 mbps2.21 mbps24
Ronan, MT9100.00 mbps5.00 mbps19.75 mbps1.67 mbps22
Rosebud, MT730.00 mbps3.00 mbps12.14 mbps1.43 mbps13
Roundup, MT630.00 mbps3.00 mbps13.64 mbps1.65 mbps17
Shelby, MT9100.00 mbps3.00 mbps14.03 mbps1.53 mbps23
Sidney, MT730.00 mbps3.00 mbps14.49 mbps1.73 mbps22
Stevensville, MT1130.00 mbps16.00 mbps10.95 mbps2.79 mbps20
Three Forks, MT1030.00 mbps20.00 mbps13.50 mbps3.90 mbps20
Townsend, MT9100.00 mbps5.00 mbps22.94 mbps1.89 mbps22
Whitefish, MT13100.00 mbps11.00 mbps16.15 mbps2.18 mbps26
Wolf Point, MT730.00 mbps5.00 mbps12.61 mbps1.68 mbps21
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Top 10 Providers (by Coverage) in Montana
ProviderAvg. Speeds
Viasat25.00 mbps
Exede25.00 mbps
HughesNet25.00 mbps
CenturyLink17.15 mbps
Charter94.62 mbps
Southern Montana Telephone Company7.76 mbps
Telesystem20.00 mbps
Wisp West12.00 mbps
Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative5.65 mbps
3 Rivers Communications58.12 mbps