Internet Service in Iowa

Internet Access in Iowa

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Coverage by County

81.3%
18.5%

60.5

45th

Broadband Speeds

88.4%

of Iowans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

78.6%

of Iowans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

97.1%

of Iowans have access to wireline service

36.4%

of Iowans have access to fiber-optic service

76.1%

of Iowans have access to cable service

86.1%

of Iowans have access to DSL service

Coverage by County in Iowa

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Adair 81.6%
Adams 64.8%
Allamakee 69.4%
Appanoose 80.2%
Audubon 79.6%
Benton 85.9%
Black Hawk 98.4%
Boone 87.8%
Bremer 97.9%
Buchanan 77.9%
Buena Vista 77.8%
Butler 85.1%
Calhoun 80.2%
Carroll 88.9%
Cass 92.9%
Cedar 85.5%
Cerro Gordo 93.9%
Cherokee 78.6%
Chickasaw 72.0%
Clarke 88.8%
Clay 92.6%
Clayton 71.0%
Clinton 96.6%
Crawford 72.6%
Dallas 93.2%
Davis 84.0%
Decatur 94.9%
Delaware 93.4%
Des Moines 94.6%
Dickinson 90.4%
Dubuque 98.7%
Emmet 93.3%
Fayette 80.8%
Floyd 86.1%
Franklin 78.6%
Fremont 80.1%
Greene 92.3%
Grundy 73.5%
Guthrie 86.4%
Hamilton 95.8%
Hancock 92.2%
Hardin 90.2%
Harrison 71.8%
Henry 87.5%
Howard 78.5%
Humboldt 80.1%
Ida 50.7%
Iowa 85.7%
Jackson 88.4%
Jasper 87.3%
Jefferson 83.4%
Johnson 96.0%
Jones 89.2%
Keokuk 61.5%
Kossuth 81.4%
Lee 93.5%
Linn 97.3%
Louisa 78.2%
Lucas 75.3%
Lyon 94.1%
Madison 84.6%
Mahaska 81.2%
Marion 90.2%
Marshall 85.6%
Mills 82.4%
Mitchell 86.8%
Monona 67.0%
Monroe 77.4%
Montgomery 89.4%
Muscatine 87.3%
O'Brien 89.9%
Osceola 79.1%
Page 91.7%
Palo Alto 92.4%
Plymouth 75.6%
Pocahontas 80.2%
Polk 98.2%
Pottawattamie 91.9%
Poweshiek 78.4%
Ringgold 61.1%
Sac 76.3%
Scott 98.9%
Shelby 94.8%
Sioux 95.9%
Story 94.4%
Tama 81.9%
Taylor 70.0%
Union 90.1%
Van Buren 48.9%
Wapello 86.6%
Warren 94.2%
Washington 86.0%
Wayne 90.2%
Webster 94.0%
Winnebago 100.0%
Winneshiek 59.1%
Woodbury 94.4%
Worth 97.7%
Wright 90.8%

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 29 Providers
3. Davenport 41.2 MBPS 24 Providers
4. Sioux City 72.8 MBPS 20 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 2/2/2021.

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 67.4%
13 providers
Adel 81.6%
14 providers
Albia 83.0%
8 providers
Algona 93.4%
10 providers
Alta 74.9%
11 providers
Altoona 97.7%
16 providers
Ames 97.1%
23 providers
Anamosa 91.2%
16 providers
Ankeny 99.0%
19 providers
Atlantic 91.7%
13 providers
Audubon 84.5%
14 providers
Belle Plaine 95.3%
12 providers
Bellevue 83.2%
15 providers
Belmond 93.1%
11 providers
Bettendorf 100.0%
17 providers
Bloomfield 83.9%
12 providers
Bondurant 93.3%
13 providers
Boone 87.8%
15 providers
Britt 89.0%
11 providers
Brooklyn 10.5%
10 providers
Burlington 98.0%
13 providers
Camanche 95.9%
11 providers
Carlisle 96.5%
14 providers
Carroll 95.5%
14 providers
Cascade 99.9%
10 providers
Cedar Falls 97.7%
15 providers
Cedar Rapids 98.9%
29 providers
Center Point 89.2%
16 providers
Centerville 87.9%
13 providers
Central City 73.0%
13 providers
Chariton 83.4%
11 providers
Charles City 81.0%
14 providers
Cherokee 93.0%
11 providers
Clarinda 90.3%
12 providers
Clarion 97.3%
12 providers
Clear Lake 100.0%
12 providers
Clinton 97.4%
14 providers
Clive 99.9%
19 providers
Colfax 86.6%
11 providers
Columbus Junction 78.1%
10 providers
Coralville 99.4%
17 providers
Corning 65.7%
11 providers
Corydon 96.8%
12 providers
Council Bluffs 97.9%
14 providers
Cresco 80.1%
12 providers
Creston 93.1%
11 providers
Dallas Center 87.3%
12 providers
Davenport 99.4%
24 providers
De Witt 98.5%
10 providers
Decorah 65.5%
12 providers
Denison 88.8%
9 providers
Denver 99.9%
12 providers
Des Moines 98.2%
19 providers
Donnellson 88.5%
11 providers
Dubuque 99.3%
20 providers
Dyersville 95.5%
13 providers
Eagle Grove 97.1%
12 providers
Earlham 74.8%
10 providers
Eldora 97.9%
13 providers
Eldridge 98.2%
12 providers
Ely 99.4%
12 providers
Emmetsburg 94.0%
13 providers
Epworth 99.4%
13 providers
Estherville 92.6%
15 providers
Evansdale 99.5%
12 providers
Fairfax 100.0%
14 providers
Fairfield 88.8%
12 providers
Forest City 100.0%
11 providers
Fort Dodge 93.7%
14 providers
Fort Madison 97.4%
12 providers
Garner 95.5%
13 providers
Glenwood 94.4%
16 providers
Granger 95.8%
11 providers
Greenfield 91.4%
11 providers
Grimes 98.2%
15 providers
Grinnell 94.0%
14 providers
Grundy Center 85.7%
14 providers
Guthrie Center 90.2%
11 providers
Guttenberg 77.1%
9 providers
Hampton 89.2%
14 providers
Harlan 99.0%
14 providers
Hawarden 85.1%
10 providers
Hiawatha 99.6%
18 providers
Hull 100.0%
9 providers
Humboldt 89.0%
14 providers
Huxley 99.8%
13 providers
Ida Grove 59.8%
12 providers
Independence 90.2%
16 providers
Indianola 96.9%
15 providers
Iowa City 97.5%
23 providers
Iowa Falls 88.8%
17 providers
Jefferson 99.5%
10 providers
Jesup 99.9%
13 providers
Johnston 99.8%
15 providers
Kalona 84.9%
12 providers
Keokuk 96.7%
11 providers
Knoxville 90.0%
11 providers
La Porte City 99.9%
15 providers
Lake Mills 100.0%
8 providers
Lamoni 98.7%
9 providers
Le Claire 97.8%
13 providers
Le Mars 84.7%
10 providers
Leon 100.0%
9 providers
Lisbon 86.9%
15 providers
Logan 71.7%
11 providers
Madrid 90.2%
13 providers
Manchester 97.8%
12 providers
Manson 84.6%
11 providers
Maquoketa 91.9%
18 providers
Marengo 90.5%
13 providers
Marion 98.4%
18 providers
Marshalltown 94.5%
13 providers
Mason City 97.8%
17 providers
Milford 89.6%
14 providers
Missouri Valley 74.0%
12 providers
Mitchellville 94.2%
12 providers
Monroe 78.5%
12 providers
Montezuma 88.5%
12 providers
Monticello 87.9%
15 providers
Mount Pleasant 92.0%
12 providers
Mount Vernon 78.7%
17 providers
Moville 100.0%
9 providers
Muscatine 96.4%
13 providers
Nashua 76.0%
13 providers
Nevada 89.4%
12 providers
New Hampton 80.6%
14 providers
New London 76.3%
11 providers
New Sharon 66.7%
12 providers
Newton 96.8%
13 providers
North Liberty 98.9%
18 providers
Northwood 98.4%
12 providers
Norwalk 97.9%
11 providers
Oelwein 93.5%
12 providers
Ogden 93.4%
11 providers
Onawa 75.0%
13 providers
Orange City 95.3%
12 providers
Osage 84.8%
13 providers
Osceola 88.2%
12 providers
Oskaloosa 91.1%
13 providers
Ottumwa 89.5%
12 providers
Panora 96.4%
10 providers
Parkersburg 73.2%
13 providers
Pella 96.7%
14 providers
Peosta 96.8%
14 providers
Perry 88.3%
14 providers
Pleasant Hill 97.9%
16 providers
Pleasantville 87.1%
8 providers
Polk City 95.0%
16 providers
Postville 79.4%
10 providers
Red Oak 85.6%
13 providers
Remsen 98.8%
9 providers
Riverside 74.7%
13 providers
Robins 99.0%
11 providers
Rock Rapids 98.5%
11 providers
Rock Valley 94.2%
11 providers
Runnells 81.6%
10 providers
Sac City 79.1%
15 providers
Saint Charles 93.7%
10 providers
Sergeant Bluff 92.8%
10 providers
Sheldon 98.3%
10 providers
Shenandoah 94.2%
11 providers
Sibley 97.1%
12 providers
Sigourney 74.9%
11 providers
Sioux Center 100.0%
7 providers
Sioux City 96.5%
20 providers
Solon 94.3%
12 providers
Spencer 95.3%
16 providers
Spirit Lake 93.3%
17 providers
State Center 17.7%
12 providers
Storm Lake 89.7%
12 providers
Story City 80.2%
12 providers
Sumner 83.9%
15 providers
Swisher 99.5%
12 providers
Tama 85.8%
11 providers
Tipton 85.3%
15 providers
Toledo 86.0%
8 providers
Traer 90.2%
11 providers
Urbandale 99.9%
17 providers
Vinton 95.5%
13 providers
Wapello 82.2%
11 providers
Washington 89.4%
14 providers
Waterloo 98.8%
19 providers
Waukee 99.3%
16 providers
Waukon 67.4%
10 providers
Waverly 98.9%
15 providers
Webster City 97.9%
16 providers
Wellman 98.2%
12 providers
West Branch 87.5%
12 providers
West Burlington 89.6%
13 providers
West Des Moines 96.6%
24 providers
West Liberty 89.8%
10 providers
West Union 82.3%
14 providers
Williamsburg 85.4%
14 providers
Wilton 14.2%
13 providers
Windsor Heights 100.0%
12 providers
Winterset 90.0%
13 providers
Woodward 97.0%
12 providers