Grand Forks, North Dakota Broadband Internet Service

There are a total of 3 companies providing internet service to a significant portion of Grand Forks, 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 Grand Forks:

Rank Provider Tech Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Availability
1Midcontinent CommunicationsCable, wireless1000 Mbps20 Mbps100.0%
2ViaSatSatellite100 Mbps3 Mbps100%
3HughesNetSatellite25 Mbps3 Mbps100%
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Grand Forks ND Internet Access Options

More internet service competition in a city encourages providers to continue to build out and improve their network in addition to keeping prices fair.
The following represents the percentage of population in Grand Forks which have access to at least two internet service providers with a particular internet access speed:

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Broadband Internet Speeds

For most users, the average download speed of their internet service is more important than their upload speed. However, upload speed plays at least some role for all users.
Average upload speeds in Grand Forks of 9.66 Mbps are faster than the Grand Forks County upload speeds and slower than the statewide average for North Dakota.

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Grand Forks Internet Access Facts

  • The average internet download speed in Grand Forks is 39.65 Mbps based upon 109784 measurements taken in the last 12 months

  • Cable internet is available to 99.1% of the Grand Forks population

  • Fiber optic internet is available to 1.4% of Grand Forks residents

  • There are 3 residential internet providers in Grand Forks, ND providing service to at least 15% of the city

  • The average download speed in Grand Forks is 45.2% faster than the Grand Forks County average and 22.4% faster than the national average of 32.4 Mbps

  • Cable internet is available to 85.7% of Grand Forks County 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 Grand Forks 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 Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Who has the fastest internet service in Grand Forks?

Midcontinent Communications with a download speed of 1000 Mbps provides the fastest internet service in Grand Forks.

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

The following zip codes were used: 58201, 58202, 58203, 58206, 58207 and 58208

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

Click through to see how the Grand Forks broadband speeds compare to these other cities throughout the state: Crosby, Lincoln, Linton, Lisbon, Mapleton, Minot Afb, New Salem

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 Grand Forks, North Dakota?

Midcontinent Communications provides broadband internet service to 100.0% of Grand Forks.

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 Grand Forks 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
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Is there DSL internet service near me?

Unlikely. Our records indicate there are no DSL providers that offer coverage to more than 15% of residents in Grand Forks, North Dakota.




Grand Forks 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.


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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Sling

  • 50+ channels
  • 50 hours of DVR storage
  • No annual contracts
  • Up to 4 simultaneous streams across a wide variety of devices
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