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The Best High-Speed Internet Provider for Rapid City, SD

While only 84% of South Dakota residents have access to high-speed internet services from leading service providers, 100% of the residents of Rapid City, SD have access to high-speed internet, with four companies competing for the high-speed internet dollar. While there aren’t as many provider options as in some larger Midwest cities, you can still get great internet service in Rapid City if you make the right choice.

So what’s the best high-speed internet provider in Rapid City, SD? Let’s look at the speeds to see who comes out on top.

Internet Speeds for Rapid City, SD

Out of the four internet providers in Rapid City, SD, Vast Broadband has the fastest available speeds, with its top service for the area offering 125 Mbps downloads—with 200 Mbps available in some Vast Broadband areas. Serving what was formerly the WOW! Cable service area, Vast Broadband is available in about 95% of homes.

Available in 100% of homes in Rapid City proper, up next in terms of speed is Midcontinent Communications with a top available speed of 100 Mbps. If you live in an area where Vast is not available, this is the fastest option.

Coming in third place at 80 Mbps is Centurylink, with HughesNet satellite internet bringing up the rear with a top speed of 25 Mbps.

Who to Choose

With a combination of speed and affordability, Vast Broadband offers the best option for high-speed internet in Rapid City, SD. If you live in an area not served by Vast Broadband, Midcontinent Communications is the way to go, and if you’re in a rural area not reached by wired internet services, HughesNet offers a satellite option.

Check back often to the TV, Internet and Phone Blog for more recommendations and evaluations for high-speed internet and cable TV services in a city near you.

2016-17’s Most Popular Shows, 18-49

With so many options available to viewers, from internet streaming options to online gaming, it makes sense that the ratings for the top shows on TV would be down. But there are still a lot of popular shows on broadcast and cable TV, and in the coveted, high-spending 18-49 demographic, the leading show was not a broadcast show, it was AMC’s The Walking Dead. Below, courtesy of Nielsen as reported by Indiewire, are the rest of the top 50.

1 The Walking Dead AMC 8.0
2 NFL Sunday Night Football NBC 6.9
3 NFL Thursday Night Football NBC/NFL Network 5.2
4 NFL Thursday Night Football CBS/NFL Network 5.0
5 The Big Bang Theory CBS 4.9
6 This Is Us NBC 4.8
7 Empire Fox 4.3
8 NFL Monday Night Football ESPN 3.9
9 Modern Family ABC 3.7
10 Grey’s Anatomy ABC 3.5
11 American Horror Story FX 3.4
12 The Bachelor ABC 3.1
13 The Voice (Monday + Tuesday) NBC 3.0
14 Designated Survivor ABC 2.9
15 How To Get Away With Murder ABC

Scandal ABC

2.6
17 Survivor CBS

Talking Dead AMC

NCIS CBS

Chicago Fire NBC

The Goldbergs ABC

2.5
22 Law & Order: SVU NBC

Criminal Minds CBS

Black-ish ABC

Lethal Weapon Fox

Chicago PD  NBC

2.4
27 Bull CBS

Kevin Can Wait CBS

Speechless ABC

2.2
30 The Simpsons Fox

American Housewife ABC

The Middle ABC

Dancing With the Stars ABC

The Blacklist NBC

Timeless NBC

Chicago Med NBC

24: Legacy Fox

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta 6 VH1

2.1
39 Scorpion CBS

Star Fox

Hunted CBS

Family Guy Fox

2.0
43 Life in Pieces CBS

Mom CBS

The Good Place NBC

NCIS: New Orleans CBS

The Flash The CW

Gotham Fox

Saturday Night Football ABC

1.9
50 Lucifer Fox

Blue Bloods CBS

The Great Indoors CBS

The Mick Fox

NCIS: Los Angeles CBS

Blindspot NBC

Hawaii Five-O CBS

60 Minutes CBS

South Park Comedy Central

Prison Break Fox

Little Big Shots NBC

1.8

 

NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV – Week 10 Schedule

The only way for NFL fans to catch every game, every Sunday on their home TVs is with NFL Sunday Ticket, exclusively available from DIRECTV. NFL Sunday Ticket and DIRECTV are both available from Mid-America Satellite. Check back each week for the times and listings for Sunday’s games on NFL Sunday Ticket right here at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog.

Here’s the Sunday afternoon schedule for Week 10 of NFL action:

  • 1pm EDT
    • Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers – Channel 705
    • Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars – Channel 706
    • Denver Broncos at New Orleans Saints – Channel 707
    • Los Angeles Rams at New York Jets – Channel 708
    • Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles – Channel 709
    • Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Channel 710
    • Green Bay Packers at Tennessee Titans – Channel 711
    • Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins – Channel 712
  • 4:05pm EDT
    • Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers – Channel 713
  • 4:25pm EDT
    • San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals – Channel 714
    • Dallas Cowboys at Pittsburgh Steelers – Channel 715

Enjoy the games!

NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV – Week 6 Schedule

The only way for NFL fans to catch every game, every Sunday on their home TVs is with NFL Sunday Ticket, exclusively available from DIRECTV. NFL Sunday Ticket and DIRECTV are both available from Mid-America Satellite. Check back each week for the times and listings for Sunday’s games on NFL Sunday Ticket right here at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog.

Here’s the Sunday afternoon schedule for Week 6 of NFL action:

  • 1pm EDT
    • Jacksonville Jaguars at Chicago Bears – Channel 705
    • Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami Dolphins – Channel 706
    • Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots – Channel 707
    • Baltimore Ravens at New York Giants – Channel 708
    • Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans – Channel 709
    • San Francisco 49ers at Buffalo Bills – Channel 710
    • Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions – Channel 711
    • Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – Channel 712
    • Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins – Channel 713
  • 4:05pm EDT
    • Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders – Channel 714
  • 4:25pm EDT
    • Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers – Channel 715
    • Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks – Channel 716

Enjoy the games!

Declining Landline Phone Usage Means Layoffs for CenturyLink

Citing the need to lower costs, Monroe, Louisiana based CenturyLink is cutting 3,000 jobs, meaning it is cutting between seven and eight percent of its total workforce. The reason? The decline in landline phone business, as many more customers are choosing to go entirely with their cell phones and leave home phone dedicated lines behind.

More from the Denver Post:

CenturyLink said it is seeking to first trim its headcount on a voluntary basis. Employees who take voluntary severance packages can participate in outplacement assistance programs.

Company spokesman Mark Molzen said most of the layoffs are expected to be done by Dec. 16.

CenturyLink, which acquired Denver’s Qwest in 2011, has been cutting staff locally. In 2011, the company employed 7,400 people in Colorado. Earlier this year, the company employed 5,300 in the state.

The company has gone prior rounds of job cuts. In August 2015, it announced its decision to cut 1,000 workers nationwide, which includedabout 150 in Colorado.

Though staff has shrunk, the company said that its TV business has grown. As of June 30, the company had 311,000 customers, up from 258,000 the prior year and up 9,000 from first quarter.

In August, CenturyLink said subscribers to its TV service Prism TV have grown with about 500,000 homes in the Denver area that can order the cable-like video service. The company also has made its high-speed gigabit internet service available to about 160,000 homes in the Denver area.

Changes in technology continue to hurt the legacy business of major telecom providers. As long as there is a need for high speed internet providers, though, they should be okay.

Canadian Company Gets into the High Speed Internet Game in Connecticut

The fastest internet speeds in the state of Connecticut don’t come from any of the usual suspects, with high speed internet providers being left behind, and no, it’s not Google Fiber coming to bring gigabit speeds to the Constitution State. Instead, Atlantic Broadband, a Canadian company, will be the first ultra high speed provider for Connecticut, with more than 37,000 homes and businesses in Eastern Connecticut receiving the service that launched last week.

More from the Hartford Courant:

Bringing so-called gigabit service to Connecticut is an important step as state officials seek to establish the high-speed service in the state, insisting it will boost business and economic development, speeding up streaming, video and online transactions.

David Isenberg, president of Atlantic Broadband, said the high-speed service “will transform the way people communicate, work and play online” and could have a positive impact on the local economy and attract new businesses.

A “gig” refers to internet speeds of one gigabit-per-second, with one gig about 100 times faster than the average household Internet speed. A gigabit is equal to 1,000 megabits.

Nationally, internet speeds average about nine megabits per second, according to Comptroller Kevin Lembo, who is working with state Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz to broaden high-speeed service in Connecticut.

Atlantic Broadband, a subsidiary of Cogeco Communications Inc., a cable operator in Quebec and Ontario, says customers may download a two-hour HD movie in 32 seconds and send a large file 250 megabits in size to the office in 40 seconds.

Residential service costs $89.99 a month and businesses pay $249.99 a month.

Paul Cianelli, president of the New England Cable and Telecommunications Association, called Atlantic Broadband’s new service the “first foray” in Connecticut into high-speed residential internet service.

The major players in the US, such as Comcast and Charter, are not in danger yet, but the more that companies like this make inroads and offer superior services, the more people who are already looking to get away from the big cable providers—particularly those who have already, or want to, get rid of their cable TV service, will be ready to cut that cord.

NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV – Week 2 Schedule

The only way for NFL fans to catch every game, every Sunday on their home TVs is with NFL Sunday Ticket, exclusively available from DIRECTV. NFL Sunday Ticket and DIRECTV are both available from Mid-America Satellite. Check back each week for the times and listings for Sunday’s games on NFL Sunday Ticket right here at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog.

Here’s the Sunday afternoon schedule for Week 2 of NFL action:

  • 1pm EDT
    • Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns – Channel 705
    • Tennessee Titans at Detroit Lions – Channel 706
    • Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans – Channel 707
    • Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots – Channel 708
    • Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers – Channel 709
    • San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers – Channel 710
    • New Orleans Saints at New York Giants – Channel 711
    • Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins – Channel 712
  • 4:05pm EDT
    • Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals – Channel 713
    • Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams – Channel 714
  • 4:25pm EDT
    • Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos – Channel 715
    • Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Raiders – Channel 716
    • Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers – Channel 717

Enjoy the games!

High Speed Internet Infrastructure Could Bring Opportunity to Flint, MI

The city of Flint, MI has been in the national news for reasons that aren’t the best, the town often used as an example of the decay of the American manufacturing economy and the increase in poverty and unemployment. Now, though, the city is taking steps to change that image, with the city teaming with Kettering University to bring new high speed internet infrastructure to Flint and surrounding areas.

More from Mlive.com:

New internet applications could improve health care, education, public safety and advanced manufacturing, said John Geske, department head and professor of Computer Science at Kettering University.

There could be possibilities of street lights and traffic lights controlled by high-speed internet.

Kettering University and the city of Flint are at the forefront of innovation throughout the country through the national US Ignite initiative.

“(The initiative is trying to bring) high-speed internet into communities so these communities have the ability to develop some really next-generation applications that might have really high societal value,” Geske said. “It’s a very big deal. We’ve been really successful. Kettering has been really successful in leading the community to this high-generation, high-speed networking.”

This will not change the high-speed internet service available to homes throughout Flint, at least not at first, but will lead to more ability to use the internet in public spaces such as schools and libraries. High speed internet infrastructure will also likely attract start-up tech firms and other companies who will be attracted by the tech-friendly environment.

NHL Playoffs to Air on USA Network This Year

Exposure to the NHL has steadily grown after a steep drop-off with the addition of the Winter Classic and other outdoor games, as well as the prevalence of hockey on broadcast television via weekend games on NBC. Since NBC holds the rights to the NHL in the United States, they are able to place professional hockey games on any of their cable television networks as well as on their main broadcast network.

In order to bring more exposure to the playoffs this year, NHL games will appear not only on NBC, NHL Network, and NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus and Outdoor Life Network), but on the more popular USA Network as well. USA has a lot of loyal viewership through its broadcasting of original hour long series and WWE Raw every Monday; it’s likely NBC hopes that these loyal viewers will see promotions for upcoming games and stay tuned.

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo!’s Puck Daddy blog thinks it’s a good move:

“But let’s be real: USA Network has the viewership — sixth-highest rated cable network in last week’s ratings — and the properties that could be really valuable in promoting the playoffs. Unless you don’t think a preview of a first-round Game 7 before the main event on MONDAY NIGHT RAW wouldn’t be beneficial.

Smart move on its surface for the NHL. Now, how do we get Henrik Lundqvist to guest on “Suits”?”

Hockey is still well behind Major League Baseball, NBA basketball, and especially NFL football when it comes to its position in popularity amongst the four major team sports in the US, and NASCAR and Major League Soccer are threatening to take its place in the Big Four. NBC’s purchase of NHL rights has been good for the sport—ESPN always treated the NHL like a second-class citizen, and with NBCSN’s weekly broadcasts, there are way more national games available to fans than ever before. Here’s hoping the move to expose the sport more on the most popular cable channel does even more to keep the hockey fires alive in the USA.

Can Apple Change Cable TV Forever?

Ever since the prevalence of Netflix streaming services, and devices like SMART TVs and the Roku box, people in the entertainment and technology industries have been talking about the downfall of satellite TV and cable TV providers. Now, Apple is also getting into the game, with a rumored service supposedly coming live in fall of 2015. How exactly this service will look is not yet determined by outside observers, but it will probably go one of two ways:

  1. Bundles of channels or programming will be available through iTunes for viewing on TVs and other devices
  2. Apple will create its own cable bundle working with content providers and offer these channels via broadband connection

Whichever way they go, it’s unlikely to “blow up” the current establishment, according to the Money Blog at CNN:

“A number of companies are already working on selling “virtual cable” — channel packages that don’t require a visit from a cable guy. These streaming services don’t blow up the cable bundle, but they make it more convenient and portable, and in some cases smaller. Apple would be the biggest entrant to the market yet.

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday night that Apple would like to launch such a service “this fall,” and is in negotiations with major channel owners to make it happen.”

CNN’s point is that all of this has been done before, and has yet to really cost cable TV providers any money or business. Much of the reason for this is that most cable television consumers get their broadband internet from the same provider that gives them their cable television package: often at a discount for bundling services.

Apple has been ahead of the game in a number of respects: iTunes changed the way music is bought and paid for, and helped save the music industry when it became easier to pirate music than to purchase it for many savvy internet users. Cable TV hasn’t gotten to that point yet, though, so it’s probably going to take a lot longer to change.