Rice Lake, WI High Speed Internet Service

There are a total of 5 companies providing internet service to a significant portion of Rice Lake, Wisconsin 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 Rice Lake:

Rank Provider Tech Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Availability
1SpectrumCable940 Mbps35 Mbps100.0%
2CenturyLinkDSL, Fiber940 Mbps940 Mbps45.3%
3ChibardunDSL150 Mbps25 Mbps95.8%
4ViaSatSatellite100 Mbps3 Mbps100%
5HughesNetSatellite25 Mbps3 Mbps100%
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Rice Lake WI Internet Access Options

Studies have shown that the competition from having two or more broadband internet providers in a community leads to lower prices and better overall service.
The chart below graphs the segment of the population which has a choice of internet providers at four different ranges of download speeds.

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Broadband Internet Speeds

How does the average download speed for broadband internet in Rice Lake compare to Barron County? The average speed in Rice Lake is 26.78 Mbps which is faster than Barron County overall.
On a statewide basis this download speed is faster than the Wisconsin average of 26.43 Mbps.

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Rice Lake Internet Access Facts

  • There are 5 residential internet providers in Rice Lake, WI providing service to at least 15% of the city

  • The average download speed in Rice Lake is 1.3% faster than the average in Wisconsin and 17.3% slower than the national average of 32.4 Mbps

  • DSL internet is available to 53.2% of the Barron County population

  • The average internet download speed in Rice Lake is 26.78 Mbps based upon 52328 measurements taken in the last 12 months

  • Cable internet is available to 100.0% of the Rice Lake population

  • Fiber optic internet is available to 1.4% of Rice Lake 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 Rice Lake 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 Spectrum as the top provider for Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

How do the internet speeds in Rice Lake compare to other cities in Wisconsin?

Click through to see how the Rice Lake broadband speeds compare to these other cities throughout the state: Amery, Chilton, Como, Palmyra, Somerset, Tainter Lake, Thiensville

What locations were used in calculating broadband internet coverage for Rice Lake, Wisconsin?

The following zip codes were used: 54822 and 54868

Who has the fastest internet service in Rice Lake?

Spectrum and CenturyLink with a download speed of 940 Mbps provide the fastest internet service in Rice Lake.

Is there DSL internet service near me?

Yes, there are 2 DSL providers in Rice Lake - CenturyLink and Chibardun.

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 5 companies that provide internet service to at least 15% of Rice Lake, WI residents.




Rice Lake 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.


Spectrum

  • 125+ channels
  • Flexible packages
  • 85,000 OnDemand titles
  • All plans feature sports, breaking news, movies plus Spectrum Originals
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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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