Fargo, North Dakota Broadband Internet Service

There are a total of 7 companies providing internet service to a significant portion of Fargo, North Dakota and meet the minimum accepted broadband definition of 25 Mbps download speed. Our proprietary ranking calculation takes into account different aspects of useable download speed, upload speed and coverage area. For example, an increase of 100 Mbps download speed from 200 Mbps to 300 Mbps is much more significant for users than an increase from 1000 Mbps to 1100Mpbs. Also, for nearly all users download speed is much more important than upload speed. Our ranked ordering of internet service providers in Fargo:

Rank Provider Tech Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Availability
1Midcontinent CommunicationsCable, wireless1000 Mbps20 Mbps98.3%
2SparklightCable, Fiber2000 Mbps2000 Mbps96.2%
3CenturyLinkDSL, Fiber940 Mbps940 Mbps76.3%
4VAL-ED Joint Venture L.L.P.DSL, Fiber1000 Mbps1000 Mbps21.6%
5Cass Clay Wirelesswireless200 Mbps50 Mbps31.1%
6ViaSatSatellite100 Mbps3 Mbps100%
7HughesNetSatellite25 Mbps3 Mbps100%
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Fargo ND Internet Access Options

When it comes to high speed internet availability, download speeds and overall customer satisfaction, cities with more than a single provider more often than not lead in all of these categories.
Does Fargo have more than a single option at 25 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 250 Mbps and 1000 Mbps? The diagram below shows a summary:

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Broadband Internet Speeds

How does the average download speed for broadband internet in Fargo compare to Cass County? The average speed in Fargo is 33.06 Mbps which is faster than Cass County overall.
On a statewide basis this download speed is slower than the North Dakota average of 36.25 Mbps.

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Fargo Internet Access Facts

  • There are 7 residential internet providers in Fargo, ND providing service to at least 15% of the city

  • The average download speed in Fargo is 8.8% slower than the average in North Dakota and 2% faster than the national average of 32.4 Mbps

  • DSL internet is available to 64.4% of the Cass County population

  • The average internet download speed in Fargo is 33.06 Mbps based upon 322784 measurements taken in the last 12 months

  • Cable internet is available to 96.1% of the Fargo population

  • Fiber optic internet is available to 23.8% of Fargo residents

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Internet Access Technologies

DSL, Cable, Fiber and Fixed Wireless are four common types of technology used to provide internet access. The following chart shows the percentage of Fargo residents who have access to each of these technology types.


Internet Service FAQs

Who has the best internet service near me?

Our proprietary algorithm that takes into consideration download speed, upload speed, availability and overall value ranks Midcontinent Communications as the top provider for Fargo, North Dakota.

Who has the fastest internet service in Fargo?

Sparklight with a download speed of 2000 Mbps provides the fastest internet service in Fargo.

What locations were used in calculating broadband internet coverage for Fargo, North Dakota?

The following zip codes were used: 58047, 58078, 58102, 58103, 58104, 58105, 58106, 58107, 58108, 58109, 58121, 58122, 58124, 58125 and 58126

How do the internet speeds in Fargo compare to other cities in North Dakota?

Click through to see how the Fargo broadband speeds compare to these other cities throughout the state: Carrington, Crosby, Devils Lake, Horace, Mandan, West Fargo, Wishek

What is DSL internet service?

DSL provides internet service via phone lines but at speeds typically 100x or more than old fashioned dial-up service over those same phone lines. Download speeds are typically slower than cable, but DSL is more likely to be available in a remote location than cable.

Which internet service provider offers the most coverage in Fargo, North Dakota?

Midcontinent Communications provides broadband internet service to 98.3% of Fargo.

What is cable internet service?

Cable internet service streams data through the same coaxial cables used for cable television. In nearly all instances cable internet will be faster than DSL. Cable internet is available to nearly 90% of Americans but does not have as much coverage in remote areas as DSL.

What download speed do I need to stream movies?

For HD movies and shows Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu all recommend a minimum of 5 Mbps. Streaming 4K/UHD content requires a minimum of 25 Mbps for Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu.

What internet download speed do I need?

Consider the following general rules of thumb when determining the download speed you need for your new Fargo internet service.

Speed Devices Typical Usage
25+ Mbps1-2 devicesWeb browsing
Music streaming
HD video streaming
100+ Mbps3-5 devicesVideo conferencing
4K video streaming
Online gaming
1000+ Mbps6+ devicesMultiple video or 4K streams
Zero latency gaming

Is there DSL internet service near me?

Yes, there are 2 DSL providers in Fargo - CenturyLink and VAL-ED Joint Venture L.L.P..




Fargo Cable TV, Satellite TV and Streaming Services

Our ranking of internet service plans can make choosing a new provider fairly easy. Selecting a TV provider is more difficult as additional variables are involved. If you are a heavy TV viewer and/or watch in multiple rooms at the same time, a traditional cable TV package or satellite TV provider may be the best option for you. However, if you live in a rental property or a heavily wooded area, satellite TV may not be a viable option. Streaming TV packages can be a good option for many, especially if your internet plan does not have a data limit. Read through the pros and cons of the various TV packages available to you and chose the best match to your viewing needs.


Sparklight

  • 100+ channels
  • 200 hours of cloud DVR
  • 2 TV plans
  • No cable box required. Streams on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Google-powered smart TVs or similiar
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DISH

  • 290+ channels
  • Satellite coverage virtually anywhere
  • 4 video package tiers
  • Access to apps, Google assistant and 2000 hour smart DVR
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Hulu Live TV

  • 75+ channels
  • Access to premium Hulu originals
  • Includes Disney+ and ESPN+
  • 2 simultaneous streams supported on a broad array of devices
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YouTube TV

  • 85+ channels
  • Unlimited cloud DVR
  • Local network coverage
  • Sports plus, Spanish plus and premium movie add-ons
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DIRECTV stream

  • 140+ channels
  • Unlimited cloud DVR
  • Local network and sports coverage
  • Unlimited streams in-home. TV to go with the DIRECTV app
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fuboTV

  • 180+ channels
  • 1000 hours of cloud DVR
  • Local network coverage
  • Extensive sports coverage plus sports add-on packages
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