Have you been wondering what internet options are available in your area? Well, we have the answer! In this blog post, we will discuss all of the different internet options that are available in Sandpoint, Idaho.
We hope that this article helps you to find internet service providers for your home so that you can stop worrying about how to get online and start browsing!
Hard Wire Internet
If you are able to get a hard wire internet, it is definitely one of the best solutions! It offers the highest speeds, with the best latencies, and overall the best service. However in the Sandpoint area it is also limited to being nearby towns or cities, as they physically have to install the network underground for you to be able to access it.
We are also starting to see Fiber Internet options in the area, which allow for extremely fast internet connections akin to what larger cities have.
1. Ting Fiber Internet
This company was the first of the internet providers to offer fiber internet here in the Sandpoint community. They offer plans ranging from 50mb per second, all the way up to 1000mb (gigabit) internet. With pricing that ranges with the available speed. All of the plans offer unlimited data, so you won’t have to worry about running out while streaming your favorite show.
- Address: 1400 N Division Ave, Sandpoint, ID 83864
- Phone: (208) 946-5404
- Hours: Mon – Friday: 8:00am – 10:00pm, Sat – Sun: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
2. Ziply Fiber
Ziply is a newcomer to the area, however they are quickly spreading through the area, offering fiber internet. They have extremely similar plans, starting at 50mb per second, to the same gigabit per second that Ting offers, making this is a direct competitor in our market. I would highly recommend cross shopping both before making your decision.
- Address: 609 Janish Dr, Sandpoint, ID 83864
- Phone: (208) 285-2181
- Hours: Sun – Sat: 6:00am – 9:00pm
Northland, which recently was acquired by Vyve has been around for a while, and have one of the widest ranges of hard wire internet in the area! While they are not a fiber internet company, they do offer up to 100mb per second, and are able to offer internet to many more customers than the fiber companies above, and should work for most anyone in the area.
- Address: 509 N Fifth Ave #B, Sandpoint, ID 83864
- Phone: Mon – Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
- Hours: (208) 231-1448
Line of Sight Internet
If you can’t get hard line internet, I really like the line of sight style internet! This requires a line of sight to a specific tower, but results in quick speeds! The downside to this style of internet, is that you have to have a line of sight to a tower from one of the service providers, so not everyone is able to access it, especially if you are in valleys, or pointing away from the towers.
4. Air-Pipe Internet (WOW)
This company is one that I am quite impressed with! This line of sight internet is based out of Spokane, however has local towers on Schweitzer, and a couple other mountains in the area, to make sure they are able to service as many people as possible. Their pricing ranges from their starter bundle at just under $40 up to just under $110 for their top tier plan.
- Address: 17813 E Appleway Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99016
- Phone: (509) 892-5877
- Hours: Mon – Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
This is another great internet company in our area that actually offers an array of services, with line of site internet being one of them. Their pricing ranges from $65 up to $139, depending on what your needs are.
- Address: 7400 N Mineral Dr #300, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815, USA
- Phone: (208) 762-8065
- Hours: Mon – Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
6. POVN (Pend Orielle Valley Network)
This is a local (mostly) company that offers a great network of line of sight internet! You can easily check your availability on the site linked below, as they plainly state where their towers are. Their pricing ranges from around $75 all the way up to about $130 depending on the service you are hoping to achieve.
- Address: 108 S Washington Ave Newport WA 99156
- Phone: (509) 447-3067
- Hours: Mon – Fri: 9:00am – 4:00pm
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If the above types of internet are not accessible, then satellite internet is going to be your next best bet. This style of internet utilizes satellites (yes those type of satellites) and they bounce signals off of a dish that is installed next to or on your home.
The upside of this type of service is its availability, as it doesn’t require any physical installation of lines or towers like the above options. That said, the downsides will be longer latency, which is less about speed, and more about the time it takes when you click a button, until it registers, due to the distance from your dish to the satellite.
This is really the only satellite company that I am aware of (that isn’t in beta), and they offer an over all great product. They have plenty of different plans to offer, including unlimited data, which is a great option considering it is satellite.
- Address: 105 S. 3rd. Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
- Phone: (208) 263-7288
- Hours: Mon – Fri: 9:00am – 5:00pm
The final style of internet options is actually already in your pocket! Cell phones can easily become a hotspot for your wireless devices in your home. Added to this, you can also purchase hotspots, or even physical boxes that can be installed outside of your home to get the best signal possible for the cell provider of choice.
This is definitely the king of cell phone services in the Sandpoint and surrounding areas! They offer the widest range of service throughout the town, and out of town homes. They also offer hot spot services on their phones, physical devices, and even externally mountain internet options.
- Address: 477181 US-95 B, Ponderay, ID 83852
- Phone: (208) 263-4267
- Hours: Mon – Fri: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Now, don’t think Verizon is the only one in the area, as AT&T also has an impressive amount of coverage in our area. They also offer great plans, with good prices. You should definitely cross shop both companies before choosing one or the other.
- Address: 476864 US-95 Suite B, Ponderay, ID 83852
- Phone: (208) 263-6699
- Hours: Sun: 11:00am – 6:00pm, Mon – Sat: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Frequently Asked Questions
I hate to say it, but it depends. Internet can range from just 1-2 megabits per second, all the way up to a gigabit! This depends on how far out of town you are located, and even where you are located in relation to mountains, trees, and more.
Fiber internet is the new big thing! It is fast, and gets your internet surfing done ASAP. The local companies are quickly trying to expand the network farther and farther out of town, so you can expect they hopefully will make their way to you soon.
Fast internet really depends on how many people in the area, and as we grow our internet will get better and better. When companies invest in a network, it has to pay itself off over time, which means you have to have customers. So if there aren’t enough customers, then they can’t expand.
Don’t freak out, its okay to not have internet for a couple of minutes! Generally your service provider will have a down detector on their website, if they don’t, give them a quick call to either report the issue or see when it will back on board.
I hope whether you are living in this area already, or are shopping for new internet, that this guide helped you in some way! There are plenty of different options, and all of them do things just a little bit different.