What's the best internet service in the Blackfoot / Bingham County area?
We are often asked for information on local internet service providers (ISPs). We believe the best ISP is the one that best meets your needs.There is no one service provider that is best for every person and business – each has their strengths and weaknesses. So, we’ve put together this list of internet service providers and some major stats as a reference, and to promote competition that we hope benefits consumers. Check it out, do your own research, and happy web surfing! And if you need a hand with your network or other tech, give us a call!
Notes & Disclaimers
About different internet service types
Cable internet is provided through copper cabling that is pre-run to many homes, especially in town. You do not have to purchase television service from the cable company to purchase internet service (though they will offer bundles for both services). This service is generally very reliable, but service can vary depending on the condition and quality of the lines to your home or business. In Bingham county, Sparklight is the only cable internet provider.
DSL (Telephone line)
DSL (“Digital Subscriber Line”) internet service is provided through copper cabling that is pre-run into most homes and businesses for landline phone service. You do not have to purchase telephone service from the phone company to purchase internet service (though they will offer bundles for both services). This service is generally very reliable, but service can vary depending on the condition and quality of the lines to your home or business. Speeds offered will vary quite a bit depending on equipment installed in your area, so don’t assume what speeds are offered without having them check for your address. They also are often upgrading equipment, so speeds offered will often change over time. In Bingham County, CenturyLink is the only DSL internet provider.
Fiber Optic internet service is provided through flexible fiber optic lines that carry light signals. Currently fiber optic is the fastest signal medium. Generally to get fiber optic internet service, the lines have to be run. Speeds are high, and reliability is good, but getting the lines run will likely mean an installation fee and/or service contract. Fiber internet service is growing quickly, and there are a handful of providers available. Availability of fiber service is highly dependent on how close existing fiber lines and junctions are to your home or business.
Cellular internet service is provided wirelessly through the cellular phone networks. Many people can use cellular data through their smartphones by turning on a Hotspot (aka Tethering) feature. Cellular providers also offer dedicated hotspots and modems to provide internet service for home or business internet service through a WiFi or Ethernet connection. Data caps are common, but unlimited data is usually available, especially as service providers increase competition with other ISPs.
Wireless internet service is similar to cellular internet service in that it is transmitted wirelessly from towers, but the signal is picked up by an antenna at your home or building, providing a wired connection to your router for internet service. Speeds and reliability will vary by your location and provider. Trees and other obstacles can be troublesome, but reliability is usually good if you have a clear line of sight to a near enough tower.
Traditional satellite internet service is usually among the most expensive, and among the lower speeds. However, it is the most broadly available, sometimes making it the only viable option in remote places.
A new generation of satellite internet providers (the most well known probably being Starlink) are ramping up, using ultra-low orbit satellites to improve on latency and speed for their service. Speeds are competitive with many wireless and even wired service providers. Prices tend to be higher, but especially for customers outside of town, these services may very well be the best option very soon, if not already.
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