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

  • The average download speed in Fargo is 34.6% faster than the Cass County average 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 upload speed in Fargo is 6.89 Mbps. This is 7.2% faster than the Cass County average and 40.6% slower than the national average of 11.56 Mbps

  • 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 87.0% of Cass County residents

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

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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.

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 Mbps?

Mbps is an abbreviation for Megabits Per Second and represents the rate of data transmission. A larger value for download Mbps or upload Mbps means a file will take less time to be sent than it will with an internet connection with a lower Mbps.

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 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

Who has the fastest internet service in Fargo?

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

Is there DSL internet service near me?

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

What is an internet data cap?

Some internet providers on their lowest end plans limit the amount of data that can be downloaded in a month. Like cellular phone plans, when that usage limit is hit, an additional charge is added to the customer's bill. Data caps are typically 1TB or more. In a month you could send 40,000 emails, streaming music 24 hours a data, surf the web 24 hours a day plus stream HD video 12 hours a day and still not hit a 1TB limit. Fewer than 10% of customers hit their data caps in a month.




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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