Best Madison Internet Service Providers

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

Rank Provider Tech Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Availability
1Midcontinent CommunicationsCable1000 Mbps20 Mbps100.0%
2Vast BroadbandCable, Fiber1000 Mbps1000 Mbps99.6%
3Interlakes Wirelesswireless75 Mbps25 Mbps100.0%
4ViaSatSatellite100 Mbps3 Mbps100%
5LTD Broadbandwireless250 Mbps250 Mbps23.4%
6HughesNetSatellite25 Mbps3 Mbps100%
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Madison SD 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 Madison 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

Curious how fast the average internet speeds in Madison are compared to Lake County? Also, curious how the speeds compare to South Dakota overall?
Average download speeds in Madison of 41.13 Mbps are faster than the Lake County average download speeds and faster than the statewide average for South Dakota.

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Madison Internet Access Facts

  • Cable internet is available to 58.3% of Lake County residents

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

  • Fiber optic internet is available to 35.2% of Lake County residents

  • DSL internet is available to 100.0% of Madison residents

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

  • The average download speed in Madison is 69% faster than the average in South Dakota and 26.9% faster than the national average of 32.4 Mbps

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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 Madison 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 Madison, South Dakota.

Who has the fastest internet service in Madison?

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

What locations were used in calculating broadband internet coverage for Madison, South Dakota?

The following zip codes were used: 57042, 57246, 57252, 57264, 57265, 57269, 57466 and 57475

What is fiber internet service?

Fiber internet service transmits data by sending pulses of light over thin glass fiber optic cable. In most cases fiber internet service download speeds will be faster than cable or DSL, however, fiber service is limited with less than half of Americans living in an area with fiber coverage.

What internet download speed do I need?

Consider the following general rules of thumb when determining the download speed you need for your new Madison 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

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

Click through to see how the Madison broadband speeds compare to these other cities throughout the state: Canton, Colonial Pine Hills, Hot Springs, Parkston, Volga, Webster, Whitewood

Is there fiber internet service near me?

Yes, there is 1 fiber internet provider in Madison - Vast Broadband.

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 Madison, South Dakota?

Midcontinent Communications and Interlakes Wireless provides broadband internet service to 100.0% of Madison.




Madison 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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