Best Rapid City Internet Service Providers

There are a total of 7 companies providing internet service to a significant portion of Rapid City, 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 Rapid City:

Rank Provider Tech Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Availability
1Midcontinent CommunicationsCable1000 Mbps20 Mbps99.0%
2Vast BroadbandCable, Fiber1000 Mbps1000 Mbps95.5%
3CenturyLinkDSL, Fiber940 Mbps940 Mbps55.6%
4Western Communicationswireless30 Mbps4 Mbps100.0%
5Celerity Networkswireless40 Mbps8 Mbps70.5%
6ViaSatSatellite100 Mbps3 Mbps100%
7HughesNetSatellite25 Mbps3 Mbps100%
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Rapid City 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 Rapid City 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 Rapid City are compared to Pennington County? Also, curious how the speeds compare to South Dakota overall?
Average download speeds in Rapid City of 37.34 Mbps are faster than the Pennington County average download speeds and faster than the statewide average for South Dakota.

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Rapid City Internet Access Facts

  • DSL internet is available to 100.0% of Rapid City residents

  • The average upload speed in Rapid City is 8.42 Mbps. This is 39.4% faster than the average in South Dakota and 27.4% slower than the national average of 11.56 Mbps

  • DSL internet is available to 46.5% of the Pennington County population

  • Cable internet is available to 84.3% of Pennington County residents

  • Fiber optic internet is available to 28.3% of Rapid City residents

  • The average download speed in Rapid City is 76.5% faster than the Pennington County average and 15.2% 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 Rapid City 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 Rapid City, South Dakota.

Who has the fastest internet service in Rapid City?

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

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

The following zip codes were used: 57701, 57702, 57703 and 57709

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

Click through to see how the Rapid City broadband speeds compare to these other cities throughout the state: Box Elder, Clear Lake, Gettysburg, Hill City, Mobridge, Salem, Spearfish

Is there DSL internet service near me?

Yes, there is 1 DSL provider in Rapid City - 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.

How many broadband service providers are there near me?

Currently there are 7 companies that provide internet service to at least 15% of Rapid City, SD residents.

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 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.




Rapid City 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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