High Speed Internet Providers – South Dakota

These days, you demand more out of your internet connections. You want always-on, reliable, broadband speed and you want it now (remember: check your bandwidth performance regularly with an Internet speed test). Consumers like you in South Dakota (SD) are also requiring high speed internet connections and many internet service providers (ISPs) are responding with different technological means of delivering broadband connections, like DSL, T1 and bonded T1 lines, satellite, and cable.

South Dakota Internet Speed Test

DSL Access
Digital subscriber line — or DSL, for short — internet connections are delivered through telephone lines. The specialized technology allows a single phone line to provide an always-on internet connection and regular phone service, simultaneously. This means that the residential internet user can be making or receiving calls and viewing websites or chatting, at the same time. Some of the DSL ISPs in South Dakota are SBC Yahoo! DSL, AT&T, Sprint, and EarthLink DSL.

Bonded T1 and T1 Lines
Many South Dakota business owners have turned to T1 or bonded T1 lines to connect their employees to the internet. Providing a lot of bandwidth, T1 and bonded T1 lines allow for multiple staff members to be uploading and downloading data without there being lag-time or slow transmission speeds. Three T1 ISPs in South Dakota are CenturyLink, MegaPath, and Qwest.

Satellite Internet
For consumers in rural parts of South Dakota, satellite internet allows for a broadband internet connection in areas where other high speed technologies — like DSL and cable — are not available. The consumer will need to purchase or rent, and have professionally installed, a satellite dish and specialized modem. They will also need to have a clear view to the skies in the south, which is where the satellites are in orbit. The largest satellite internet providers are WildBlue, StarBand, HughesNet, and SkyWay USA.

Cable Internet
Many residences, these days, are wired for cable television; that same wiring can deliver a broadband internet connection as well. All that is needed is an account and a cable modem that is connected to the user’s computer. Mediacom and Midcontinent Communications are two cable internet companies in the state.