Internet Service in Iowa

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Coverage by County

81.3%
18.5%

60.5

45th

Broadband Speeds

89.7%

of Iowans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

78.9%

of Iowans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

97.4%

of Iowans have access to wireline service

54.0%

of Iowans have access to fiber-optic service

76.1%

of Iowans have access to cable service

86.8%

of Iowans have access to DSL service

Coverage by County in Iowa

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Adair 86.7%
Adams 67.1%
Allamakee 67.3%
Appanoose 91.0%
Audubon 86.5%
Benton 88.8%
Black Hawk 98.8%
Boone 89.1%
Bremer 98.8%
Buchanan 81.4%
Buena Vista 82.6%
Butler 86.1%
Calhoun 86.0%
Carroll 89.9%
Cass 93.1%
Cedar 90.8%
Cerro Gordo 93.9%
Cherokee 78.6%
Chickasaw 82.9%
Clarke 92.8%
Clay 92.8%
Clayton 72.7%
Clinton 97.4%
Crawford 73.1%
Dallas 94.7%
Davis 84.3%
Decatur 94.8%
Delaware 96.8%
Des Moines 95.3%
Dickinson 92.7%
Dubuque 99.0%
Emmet 93.5%
Fayette 83.2%
Floyd 86.2%
Franklin 79.5%
Fremont 84.4%
Greene 93.9%
Grundy 80.3%
Guthrie 88.2%
Hamilton 95.9%
Hancock 92.2%
Hardin 90.8%
Harrison 83.0%
Henry 89.6%
Howard 86.9%
Humboldt 80.7%
Ida 11.6%
Iowa 90.1%
Jackson 90.2%
Jasper 89.9%
Jefferson 89.0%
Johnson 98.0%
Jones 94.5%
Keokuk 74.1%
Kossuth 80.3%
Lee 96.4%
Linn 98.1%
Louisa 94.0%
Lucas 87.7%
Lyon 94.4%
Madison 89.1%
Mahaska 86.4%
Marion 95.0%
Marshall 85.9%
Mills 88.0%
Mitchell 86.8%
Monona 77.3%
Monroe 88.3%
Montgomery 89.3%
Muscatine 89.8%
O'Brien 93.1%
Osceola 80.4%
Page 94.4%
Palo Alto 87.6%
Plymouth 78.0%
Pocahontas 77.2%
Polk 98.6%
Pottawattamie 92.7%
Poweshiek 83.5%
Ringgold 66.9%
Sac 77.6%
Scott 99.3%
Shelby 95.3%
Sioux 96.0%
Story 95.7%
Tama 91.7%
Taylor 72.1%
Union 95.3%
Van Buren 52.1%
Wapello 89.2%
Warren 97.5%
Washington 88.0%
Wayne 93.7%
Webster 94.5%
Winnebago 100.0%
Winneshiek 66.7%
Woodbury 94.8%
Worth 98.2%
Wright 91.1%

Internet Speed in Top Iowa Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Des Moines 60.1 MBPS 19 Providers
2. Cedar Rapids 64.2 MBPS 30 Providers
3. Davenport 41.2 MBPS 24 Providers
4. Sioux City 72.8 MBPS 19 Providers
5. Iowa City 117.9 MBPS 23 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Iowa

Provider Avg. download speed
Mediacom Cable 111.3 MBPS
Windstream 52.7 MBPS
CenturyLink 29.3 MBPS
Rise Broadband 17.9 MBPS
Future Technologies 4.2 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Iowa, 2021

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 6/7/2021.

Iowa ranks as the 45th best-connected state in the USA. Despite relatively even broadband coverage throughout the state, speed tests reveal that Iowa’s average download speed is 78.9 Mbps, which is the second-slowest nationwide. Only Alaska’s average speed is slower than Iowa’s. Even with slower internet speeds, monthly internet prices run higher than many other states.

The Digital Divide in Iowa

‘Digital divide’ is a phrase used to depict the difference between those who have access to the latest telecommunications technologies – including affordable, high-speed internet – and those who do not.

In the case of Iowa, 89.7% of the population has access to a wired broadband connection with speeds of 25 Mbps or faster. However, 302,000 Iowans do not have a connection capable of such speeds, and another 100,000 residents do not have access to any wired connection at their location. Additionally, out of the 422 internet providers, 457,000 people in Iowa only have access to only one wired provider at their residence, leaving them no options to change providers if the need arises.

Beyond that, affordability data shows that only 18.5% of the population has access to a low-priced internet plan (costing $60 or less per month). This is significantly lower than the national average of 51.5% of consumers with access to a low-priced plan.

Best-Connected Cities

When it comes to high-speeds, low-prices, and widespread coverage, the best-connected cities in Iowa are Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Forest City, and Lake Mills, with the former ranking number one in the state. Although Cedar Rapids ranks first, up to 38% of residents there don’t have access to wired broadband.

Worst-Connected Cities

Currently, Iowa’s worst-connected cities statewide are Garden City, Popejoy, Lincoln, and Magnolia, with the lowest-ranking listed first. None of these cities have an average internet speed of even 10 Mbps.

See how Iowa’s wired broadband accessibility compares to other states throughout the US.

Governmental Initiatives

The Connected Nation Iowa program has received over $5.76 million in federal grants since 2010 to expand and adopt the use of high-speed broadband throughout the state. Almost $34 million more in federal grants has been awarded toward the development of broadband infrastructure projects within Iowa.

The State of Iowa Office of the Chief Information Officer currently administers at least three programs aimed at increasing broadband services in Iowa.

The information above is curated from a combination of public and private datasets. See more about our data here.

Sources: Data collected via the FCC, NTIA, and other sources. For a full list of data sources please visit our data page.

Iowa Cities

Average speed over time
Ackley 68.7%
14 providers
Adel 86.4%
15 providers
Albia 92.3%
8 providers
Algona 93.4%
10 providers
Alta 76.3%
11 providers
Altoona 98.0%
16 providers
Ames 98.4%
23 providers
Anamosa 96.6%
16 providers
Ankeny 99.2%
19 providers
Atlantic 91.8%
13 providers
Audubon 91.9%
14 providers
Belle Plaine 96.5%
12 providers
Bellevue 85.8%
15 providers
Belmond 93.1%
11 providers
Bettendorf 100.0%
17 providers
Bloomfield 84.0%
12 providers
Bondurant 97.7%
14 providers
Boone 88.3%
15 providers
Britt 89.0%
11 providers
Brooklyn 5.3%
10 providers
Burlington 98.5%
12 providers
Camanche 97.5%
11 providers
Carlisle 97.3%
14 providers
Carroll 96.1%
14 providers
Cascade 100.0%
9 providers
Cedar Falls 98.2%
15 providers
Cedar Rapids 99.0%
30 providers
Center Point 90.4%
16 providers
Centerville 95.7%
13 providers
Central City 89.1%
13 providers
Chariton 95.9%
11 providers
Charles City 81.0%
14 providers
Cherokee 93.7%
11 providers
Clarinda 95.1%
12 providers
Clarion 97.3%
12 providers
Clear Lake 100.0%
13 providers
Clinton 97.8%
14 providers
Clive 100.0%
19 providers
Colfax 92.4%
11 providers
Columbus Junction 90.2%
10 providers
Coralville 99.4%
17 providers
Corning 66.0%
11 providers
Corydon 98.0%
12 providers
Council Bluffs 98.3%
14 providers
Cresco 90.8%
12 providers
Creston 97.6%
11 providers
Dallas Center 88.8%
12 providers
Davenport 99.7%
24 providers
De Witt 99.6%
10 providers
Decorah 70.2%
12 providers
Denison 88.8%
10 providers
Denver 99.9%
13 providers
Des Moines 98.5%
19 providers
Donnellson 93.2%
11 providers
Dubuque 99.3%
22 providers
Dyersville 97.0%
13 providers
Eagle Grove 97.2%
12 providers
Earlham 82.3%
10 providers
Eldora 97.9%
13 providers
Eldridge 99.5%
12 providers
Ely 99.4%
12 providers
Emmetsburg 92.9%
12 providers
Epworth 99.4%
13 providers
Estherville 93.7%
15 providers
Evansdale 99.5%
12 providers
Fairfax 100.0%
14 providers
Fairfield 93.9%
12 providers
Forest City 100.0%
12 providers
Fort Dodge 93.8%
14 providers
Fort Madison 97.8%
12 providers
Garner 95.5%
13 providers
Glenwood 95.7%
16 providers
Granger 97.4%
11 providers
Greenfield 96.6%
11 providers
Grimes 98.9%
16 providers
Grinnell 96.6%
14 providers
Grundy Center 91.6%
14 providers
Guthrie Center 92.2%
12 providers
Guttenberg 81.1%
10 providers
Hampton 89.2%
15 providers
Harlan 99.0%
14 providers
Hawarden 85.1%
10 providers
Hiawatha 99.6%
18 providers
Hull 100.0%
9 providers
Humboldt 90.0%
14 providers
Huxley 99.8%
13 providers
Ida Grove 1.9%
12 providers
Independence 91.0%
16 providers
Indianola 98.7%
14 providers
Iowa City 98.2%
23 providers
Iowa Falls 90.7%
18 providers
Jefferson 99.5%
10 providers
Jesup 99.9%
12 providers
Johnston 99.8%
14 providers
Kalona 97.4%
12 providers
Keokuk 98.0%
11 providers
Knoxville 94.2%
11 providers
La Porte City 99.9%
15 providers
Lake Mills 100.0%
9 providers
Lamoni 98.7%
9 providers
Le Claire 98.5%
13 providers
Le Mars 84.7%
10 providers
Leon 100.0%
9 providers
Lisbon 99.2%
15 providers
Logan 85.1%
12 providers
Madrid 97.3%
13 providers
Manchester 98.3%
12 providers
Manson 85.6%
11 providers
Maquoketa 91.9%
18 providers
Marengo 95.5%
13 providers
Marion 99.3%
17 providers
Marshalltown 94.9%
13 providers
Mason City 97.8%
16 providers
Milford 90.1%
14 providers
Missouri Valley 85.1%
12 providers
Mitchellville 95.4%
12 providers
Monroe 89.8%
12 providers
Montezuma 97.3%
12 providers
Monticello 90.0%
14 providers
Mount Pleasant 93.2%
12 providers
Mount Vernon 82.6%
17 providers
Moville 100.0%
9 providers
Muscatine 98.3%
12 providers
Nashua 81.5%
13 providers
Nevada 91.3%
13 providers
New Hampton 88.7%
14 providers
New London 78.4%
11 providers
New Sharon 82.0%
13 providers
Newton 98.0%
13 providers
North Liberty 98.9%
18 providers
Northwood 98.4%
12 providers
Norwalk 98.2%
11 providers
Oelwein 94.5%
12 providers
Ogden 93.9%
11 providers
Onawa 86.6%
13 providers
Orange City 95.5%
12 providers
Osage 84.8%
13 providers
Osceola 92.6%
12 providers
Oskaloosa 91.3%
13 providers
Ottumwa 90.7%
12 providers
Panora 97.2%
10 providers
Parkersburg 73.9%
13 providers
Pella 99.5%
14 providers
Peosta 96.9%
14 providers
Perry 88.3%
14 providers
Pleasant Hill 98.0%
16 providers
Pleasantville 98.3%
8 providers
Polk City 97.0%
16 providers
Postville 79.3%
10 providers
Red Oak 85.5%
13 providers
Remsen 98.8%
9 providers
Riverside 89.6%
13 providers
Robins 99.2%
11 providers
Rock Rapids 98.5%
11 providers
Rock Valley 94.8%
11 providers
Runnells 88.2%
10 providers
Sac City 80.0%
15 providers
Saint Charles 95.7%
10 providers
Sergeant Bluff 91.6%
10 providers
Sheldon 99.2%
10 providers
Shenandoah 94.9%
11 providers
Sibley 97.1%
11 providers
Sigourney 88.7%
11 providers
Sioux Center 100.0%
7 providers
Sioux City 96.6%
19 providers
Solon 96.0%
12 providers
Spencer 95.4%
17 providers
Spirit Lake 95.1%
17 providers
State Center 17.7%
12 providers
Storm Lake 89.7%
12 providers
Story City 81.7%
12 providers
Sumner 92.5%
15 providers
Swisher 99.5%
12 providers
Tama 94.6%
10 providers
Tipton 91.7%
15 providers
Toledo 94.0%
8 providers
Traer 95.3%
11 providers
Urbandale 99.9%
17 providers
Vinton 96.8%
14 providers
Wapello 98.3%
11 providers
Washington 90.1%
14 providers
Waterloo 99.0%
19 providers
Waukee 99.6%
15 providers
Waukon 65.4%
9 providers
Waverly 98.9%
15 providers
Webster City 97.9%
15 providers
Wellman 98.5%
13 providers
West Branch 87.5%
12 providers
West Burlington 89.7%
13 providers
West Des Moines 97.3%
23 providers
West Liberty 89.8%
10 providers
West Union 83.4%
14 providers
Williamsburg 92.7%
14 providers
Wilton 20.7%
13 providers
Windsor Heights 100.0%
11 providers
Winterset 93.3%
13 providers
Woodward 97.3%
12 providers