In Montana, approximately 91.60% of the state has internet service with speeds of 15 Mbps available for purchase through internet service providers; however, approximately 32.60% of the state’s residents have little to no internet connection readily available to them. Some of those with limited internet access have dial-up or legacy copper DSL internet service, but their internet is so slow that streaming, video conferencing, online gaming and other activities requiring high-speed internet are out of reach.
Wireless providers reach 97.20% of the state of Montana, but other forms of internet technology are less widely available in Montana than in other states. Only 85.30% of the population of Montana has access to DSL internet service. Cable internet is available to 68.60%, while only 3.70% have access to fiber internet. Less than 7.30% of Montana is served by three or more wired internet providers (DSL, cable and fiber internet).