Best Lead Internet Service Providers

There are a total of 6 companies providing internet service to a significant portion of Lead, South 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 Lead:

Rank Provider Tech Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Availability
1Midcontinent CommunicationsCable1000 Mbps20 Mbps99.9%
2Vast BroadbandCable, Fiber1000 Mbps1000 Mbps99.6%
3Celerity Networkswireless40 Mbps8 Mbps67.9%
4CenturyLinkDSL40 Mbps3 Mbps67.0%
5ViaSatSatellite100 Mbps3 Mbps100%
6HughesNetSatellite25 Mbps3 Mbps100%
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Lead SD 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 Lead which have access to at least two internet service providers with a particular internet access speed:

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Broadband Internet Speeds

How does the average download speed for broadband internet in Lead compare to Lawrence County? The average speed in Lead is 54.83 Mbps which is faster than Lawrence County overall.
On a statewide basis this download speed is faster than the South Dakota average of 24.34 Mbps.

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Lead Internet Access Facts

  • Fiber optic internet is available to 14.2% of Lawrence County residents

  • The average internet download speed in Lawrence County is 30.88 Mbps based upon 36280 samples taken in the past year

  • The average download speed in Lead is 125.3% faster than the average in South Dakota and 69.2% faster than the national average of 32.4 Mbps

  • The average upload speed in Lead is 6.33 Mbps. This is 1.9% faster than the Lawrence County average and 45.4% slower than the national average of 11.56 Mbps

  • Cable internet is available to 99.8% of the Lead population

  • There are 6 residential internet providers in Lead, SD providing service to at least 15% of the city

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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 Lead 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 Lead, South Dakota.

How do the internet speeds in Lead compare to other cities in South Dakota?

Click through to see how the Lead broadband speeds compare to these other cities throughout the state: Blackhawk, Elk Point, Flandreau, Lennox, Rapid Valley, Sioux Falls, Yankton

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 Lead, South Dakota?

The following zip codes were used: 57732 and 57754

Who has the fastest internet service in Lead?

Midcontinent Communications and Vast Broadband with a download speed of 1000 Mbps provide the fastest internet service in Lead.

Is there DSL internet service near me?

Yes, there is 1 DSL provider in Lead - CenturyLink.

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.

What is fixed wireless internet service?

Fixed wireless internet is typical used in rural areas where there are no buried telephone or cable lines. An antenna is attached to the home or business which transmits and receives data from access point towers. Download speeds are typically much better than with satellite.




Lead 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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