Like many rural states, Wyoming has struggled to close the digital divide for many of its residents. Research commissioned by the US Department of Education found that 11% of Wyoming’s students didn’t have a home internet connection during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the state still struggles with broadband issues today. Ookla speed test data found that Wyoming ranks ahead of only Alaska with average internet speeds of 93 megabits per second download and 15Mbps upload.
Things look a little better in Cheyenne. Most residents will have access to cable internet from Spectrum, which is a solid (if pricey) choice. About a quarter of the city will also be able to get fiber internet from Bluepeak or CenturyLink — significantly better options for most people.
Our team considers speeds, pricing, customer service and overall value to recommend the best internet service in Cheyenne across various categories. Our evaluation includes referencing a proprietary database built over years of reviewing internet services. We validate that against provider information by spot-checking local addresses for service availability. We also do a close read of providers’ terms and conditions and, when needed, will call ISPs to verify the details.
Our process has some limitations you should know about. Pricing and speed data are variable: Certain addresses may qualify for different tiers of service, and monthly costs may vary, even within a city. The best way to identify your particular options is to plug your address into a provider’s website.
Note that the prices, speed and other information listed above and in the provider cards below may differ from what we found in our research. The cards display the full range of a provider’s pricing and speed across the US, according to our database of plan information provided directly by ISPs, while the text is specific to what’s available in Cheyenne. The prices referenced within this article’s text come from our research and include applicable discounts for setting up automatic payments each month — a standard industry offering. Other discounts and promotions might also be available for things like committing to a contract or bundling with a cellphone plan.
To learn more about how we review internet providers, visit our full methodology page.
Top internet providers in Cheyenne
No matter where you live in Cheyenne, you likely have access to a few decent options for internet: 93% of the city can get 250/25Mbps speeds, compared to 87% of the country as a whole. The ISPs listed below all offer widespread coverage in Cheyenne. You can also enter your address on the FCC’s map to see exactly what’s available to you.
Overview of Cheyenne internet providers
|Provider||Internet technology||Monthly price range||Speed range||Monthly equipment costs||Data cap||Contract||CNET review score|
|CenturyLink||Fiber||$30-$70||200-940Mbps||$15 (included on 940Mbps plan)||None||None||6.7|
|Mountain West Technologies||Fixed wireless||$50-$75||30-100Mbps||Must provide your own||None||None||NA|
|Rise Broadband||Fixed wireless||$45||Up to 50Mbps||$10||None||None||6.2|
|T-Mobile Home Internet||Fixed wireless||$50 ($30 with eligible phone plan)||72-245Mbps||None||None||None||7.4|
|Visionary Broadband||Fixed wireless||$75-$80||50-100Mbps||$4||None||None||NA|
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data
Other available Cheyenne residential internet providers
There’s a sizable gap between our top four picks and the providers listed below, but these are still worth considering as backup options if you aren’t able to get service with one of our top picks:
- Mountain West Technologies: Mountain West Technologies offers fixed wireless service to 26% of Cheyenne residents. There are three plans available: 30/10Mbps for $50 per month, 50/20Mbps for $60 and 100/20Mbps for $75. To get plan information at your address, you’ll have to call or email Mountain West directly.
- Rise Broadband: With fixed wireless service available in 42% of the city, Rise Broadband is a decent backup option. Download speeds go up to 50Mbps for just $45 per month, but Rise Broadband requires you to rent a modem for $10, effectively making the monthly price $55.
- Satellite internet: Primarily used in rural areas without any other options for internet, satellite comes with severe shortcomings: slow speeds, low data caps, high latency and expensive prices. HughesNet and Viasat have long been the main satellite providers in the country; Starlink is a newer competitor that offers faster speeds, lower latency and higher data caps, but there’s an upfront equipment cost of $599 and plans start at $120 per month.
- Visionary Broadband: This local provider offers fixed wireless service to 27% of Cheyenne residents. There are two plans available: 50/10Mbps for $75 or 100/20Mbps for $80. Equipment costs add on an extra $4 per month.
Pricing info on Cheyenne home internet service
The average price for every starting internet plan in Cheyenne is $50 per month. That’s right around average for a city of Cheyenne’s size, but higher than nearby Denver ($39), Colorado Springs ($44) and Salt Lake City ($45). That said, Cheyenne has access to CenturyLink’s $30 per month fiber internet package — one of the cheapest high-speed internet plans you’ll find anywhere in the country.
What are the cheapest internet plans in Cheyenne?
|Provider||Starting price||Max download speed||Monthly equipment fee||Contract|
|Mountain West Technologies||$50||30Mbps||Must provide your own||None|
|T-Mobile Home Internet||$50 ($30 for eligible mobile customers)||245Mbps||None||None|
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data
How fast is Cheyenne broadband?
Cheyenne internet is generally on the slower side. There are five plans available in the city that reach gig speeds — 940Mbps download — compared to six in Colorado Springs and eight in Denver, but Bluepeak and CenturyLink have limited coverage and Spectrum, while available almost everywhere, has very low upload speeds. That said, gig speeds are more than enough for most households. With 1,000Mbps of download speed, you could stream Netflix in HD on 200 TVs at the same time.
Fastest internet plans in Cheyenne
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data
What’s the final word on internet providers in Cheyenne?
There are a few “pretty good” options for internet in Cheyenne, but no providers that knock it out of the park. Bluepeak and CenturyLink Fiber are clearly the best options in the area, but they’re not widely available in the city. You can get Spectrum virtually everywhere, but its upload speeds are on the low side, and prices increase by $30 after the first year on all plans. T-Mobile has decent availability and fair pricing, but its speeds are more susceptible to network congestion.
How CNET chose the best internet providers in Cheyenne
Internet service providers are numerous and regional. Unlike the latest smartphone, laptop, router or kitchen tool, it’s impractical to personally test every internet service provider in a given city. So what’s our approach? For starters, we tap into a proprietary database of pricing, availability and speed information that draws from our own historical ISP data, partner data and mapping information from the Federal Communications Commission at FCC.gov.
This guide leverages an in-house artificial intelligence tool called RAMP, which is trained on our own writing and uses our database to generate content about specific internet service providers that our writers can use in determining and presenting our picks for a given guide. Check CNET’s AI policy for more information about how our teams use (and don’t use) AI tools.
Because our database is not exhaustive, we go to the FCC’s website to check the primary data for ourselves and make sure we’re considering every ISP that provides service in an area. Plans and prices also vary by location, so we input local addresses on provider websites to find the specific options available to residents. We look at sources, including the American Customer Satisfaction Index and J.D. Power, to evaluate how happy customers are with an ISP’s service. ISP plans and prices are subject to frequent changes; all information provided is accurate as of the time of our pre-publication fact-check.
Once we have this localized information, we ask three main questions:
- Does the provider offer access to reasonably fast internet speeds?
- Do customers get decent value for what they’re paying?
- Are customers happy with their service?
While the answer to those questions is often layered and complex, the providers who come closest to “yes” on all three are the ones we recommend. To explore our process in more depth, you can visit our How we test ISPs page.
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