Internet Service Providers in Iowa

Iowa Internet Coverage and Availability

Internet Availability by County

81.3%
18.5%

74.3

45th

High-Speed Internet Access

90.8%

of Iowans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

80.8%

of Iowans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Internet Access

97.5%

of Iowans have access to wireline service

46.9%

of Iowans have access to fiber-optic service

75.7%

of Iowans have access to cable service

86.3%

of Iowans have access to DSL service

Metro & Rural County Coverage

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Adair 92.0%
Adams 67.1%
Allamakee 69.2%
Appanoose 93.1%
Audubon 90.2%
Benton 86.6%
Black Hawk 98.9%
Boone 89.5%
Bremer 98.8%
Buchanan 84.5%
Buena Vista 83.1%
Butler 91.7%
Calhoun 86.6%
Carroll 92.0%
Cass 94.2%
Cedar 93.9%
Cerro Gordo 97.4%
Cherokee 81.0%
Chickasaw 83.9%
Clarke 93.8%
Clay 93.6%
Clayton 74.2%
Clinton 97.6%
Crawford 78.0%
Dallas 95.6%
Davis 98.3%
Decatur 94.9%
Delaware 97.6%
Des Moines 95.4%
Dickinson 93.0%
Dubuque 99.0%
Emmet 93.6%
Fayette 83.8%
Floyd 86.6%
Franklin 83.6%
Fremont 88.1%
Greene 96.1%
Grundy 83.9%
Guthrie 93.0%
Hamilton 96.4%
Hancock 92.2%
Hardin 91.1%
Harrison 87.7%
Henry 90.8%
Howard 91.9%
Humboldt 81.0%
Ida 12.9%
Iowa 96.0%
Jackson 93.1%
Jasper 90.3%
Jefferson 90.1%
Johnson 98.5%
Jones 94.4%
Keokuk 85.6%
Kossuth 85.1%
Lee 96.8%
Linn 98.1%
Louisa 94.8%
Lucas 93.6%
Lyon 94.4%
Madison 91.6%
Mahaska 87.5%
Marion 96.3%
Marshall 87.6%
Mills 90.7%
Mitchell 82.0%
Monona 79.6%
Monroe 90.5%
Montgomery 88.5%
Muscatine 90.5%
O'Brien 93.5%
Osceola 79.9%
Page 96.0%
Palo Alto 90.8%
Plymouth 85.4%
Pocahontas 80.9%
Polk 98.8%
Pottawattamie 94.3%
Poweshiek 90.8%
Ringgold 81.2%
Sac 78.3%
Scott 99.3%
Shelby 96.0%
Sioux 98.7%
Story 96.5%
Tama 88.2%
Taylor 73.2%
Union 96.7%
Van Buren 52.6%
Wapello 90.1%
Warren 97.8%
Washington 90.4%
Wayne 95.2%
Webster 94.9%
Winnebago 100.0%
Winneshiek 67.4%
Woodbury 95.1%
Worth 98.0%
Wright 91.4%

Internet Speed in Top Iowa Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Des Moines 80.6 MBPS 21 Providers
2. Cedar Rapids 94.2 MBPS 32 Providers
3. Davenport 52.1 MBPS 26 Providers
4. Sioux City 85.3 MBPS 21 Providers
5. Iowa City 204.8 MBPS 27 Providers

Fastest Major Providers in Iowa

Provider Avg. download speed
Mediacom Cable 154.3 MBPS
Windstream 43.9 MBPS
CenturyLink 40.5 MBPS
Rise Broadband 18.5 MBPS
Evertek 11.9 MBPS

High-Speed Internet in Iowa, 2022

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 11/22/2021.

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.

Internet for Rural Areas in Iowa

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.

Internet Providers By City in Iowa

Average speed over time
Ackley 72.1%
15 providers
Adel 88.9%
17 providers
Albia 92.7%
10 providers
Algona 93.5%
12 providers
Alta 76.2%
12 providers
Altoona 98.0%
18 providers
Ames 99.1%
24 providers
Anamosa 96.6%
18 providers
Ankeny 99.3%
21 providers
Atlantic 91.8%
12 providers
Audubon 94.3%
14 providers
Belle Plaine 97.8%
13 providers
Bellevue 87.8%
15 providers
Belmond 93.2%
13 providers
Bettendorf 100.0%
19 providers
Bloomfield 98.0%
14 providers
Bondurant 98.1%
16 providers
Boone 88.5%
15 providers
Britt 89.0%
13 providers
Brooklyn 54.1%
12 providers
Burlington 98.5%
14 providers
Camanche 97.6%
13 providers
Carroll 96.1%
14 providers
Cascade 100.0%
11 providers
Cedar Falls 98.5%
16 providers
Cedar Rapids 99.1%
32 providers
Center Point 86.4%
18 providers
Centerville 96.5%
15 providers
Central City 86.6%
16 providers
Chariton 97.3%
12 providers
Charles City 81.2%
14 providers
Cherokee 94.1%
11 providers
Clarinda 97.2%
12 providers
Clarion 97.4%
12 providers
Clear Lake 100.0%
15 providers
Clinton 97.8%
15 providers
Clive 100.0%
21 providers
Colfax 93.4%
13 providers
Columbus Junction 90.8%
12 providers
Coralville 99.4%
19 providers
Corning 66.0%
12 providers
Corydon 98.1%
12 providers
Council Bluffs 98.4%
15 providers
Cresco 90.8%
14 providers
Creston 98.2%
13 providers
Dallas Center 89.6%
14 providers
Davenport 99.7%
26 providers
De Witt 99.6%
12 providers
Decorah 70.8%
12 providers
Denison 89.9%
11 providers
Denver 99.9%
13 providers
Des Moines 98.7%
21 providers
Donnellson 93.5%
13 providers
Dubuque 99.3%
22 providers
Dyersville 97.2%
15 providers
Eagle Grove 97.7%
14 providers
Earlham 90.2%
12 providers
Eldora 98.4%
15 providers
Eldridge 99.5%
14 providers
Emmetsburg 93.9%
12 providers
Epworth 99.4%
16 providers
Estherville 94.1%
18 providers
Evansdale 99.9%
14 providers
Fairfax 100.0%
16 providers
Fairfield 94.4%
14 providers
Forest City 100.0%
14 providers
Fort Dodge 93.8%
16 providers
Fort Madison 98.3%
14 providers
Garner 95.4%
15 providers
Glenwood 95.2%
16 providers
Granger 97.3%
13 providers
Greenfield 97.2%
13 providers
Grimes 98.8%
18 providers
Grinnell 96.7%
14 providers
Grundy Center 97.0%
16 providers
Guthrie Center 93.8%
12 providers
Guttenberg 81.9%
12 providers
Hampton 91.7%
18 providers
Harlan 99.3%
13 providers
Hawarden 100.0%
10 providers
Hiawatha 99.6%
19 providers
Hull 99.8%
11 providers
Humboldt 90.1%
16 providers
Huxley 99.8%
15 providers
Ida Grove 4.8%
12 providers
Independence 91.2%
18 providers
Indianola 98.6%
17 providers
Iowa City 98.5%
27 providers
Iowa Falls 90.6%
18 providers
Jefferson 99.5%
12 providers
Jesup 99.9%
14 providers
Johnston 99.8%
18 providers
Kalona 99.1%
15 providers
Keokuk 98.0%
13 providers
Knoxville 95.3%
13 providers
La Porte City 99.9%
17 providers
Lake Mills 100.0%
11 providers
Lamoni 99.1%
9 providers
Le Claire 98.5%
16 providers
Le Mars 85.3%
12 providers
Leon 100.0%
9 providers
Logan 96.5%
13 providers
Madrid 97.3%
16 providers
Manchester 98.7%
14 providers
Manson 86.8%
12 providers
Maquoketa 96.6%
19 providers
Marengo 98.2%
15 providers
Marion 99.4%
19 providers
Marshalltown 97.1%
15 providers
Mason City 98.3%
19 providers
Milford 90.1%
16 providers
Missouri Valley 85.5%
13 providers
Monroe 92.9%
14 providers
Montezuma 97.5%
14 providers
Monticello 89.7%
16 providers
Mount Pleasant 94.4%
14 providers
Mount Vernon 82.7%
20 providers
Moville 99.6%
10 providers
Muscatine 98.5%
14 providers
Nashua 81.2%
15 providers
Nevada 91.6%
16 providers
New Hampton 89.0%
17 providers
New London 80.6%
13 providers
New Sharon 84.0%
15 providers
Newton 98.2%
16 providers
North Liberty 99.1%
19 providers
Northwood 98.4%
12 providers
Norwalk 98.7%
13 providers
Oelwein 94.7%
12 providers
Ogden 93.9%
13 providers
Onawa 87.1%
14 providers
Orange City 95.6%
14 providers
Osage 83.2%
15 providers
Osceola 93.4%
14 providers
Oskaloosa 91.6%
15 providers
Ottumwa 91.2%
15 providers
Panora 99.4%
10 providers
Pella 99.7%
16 providers
Peosta 97.3%
16 providers
Perry 88.8%
16 providers
Pleasant Hill 98.0%
18 providers
Pleasantville 98.3%
10 providers
Polk City 97.0%
18 providers
Postville 81.2%
10 providers
Red Oak 84.9%
12 providers
Remsen 98.8%
11 providers
Riverside 98.4%
15 providers
Robins 99.2%
13 providers
Rock Rapids 98.4%
13 providers
Rock Valley 100.0%
13 providers
Runnells 89.0%
12 providers
Sac City 83.0%
18 providers
Saint Charles 97.8%
12 providers
Sergeant Bluff 93.8%
10 providers
Sheldon 100.0%
12 providers
Shenandoah 95.0%
11 providers
Sibley 96.7%
13 providers
Sigourney 89.2%
14 providers
Sioux Center 100.0%
7 providers
Sioux City 96.7%
21 providers
Solon 97.5%
14 providers
Spencer 95.4%
18 providers
Spirit Lake 95.4%
20 providers
State Center 17.7%
14 providers
Storm Lake 89.7%
14 providers
Story City 87.7%
15 providers
Sumner 92.8%
17 providers
Swisher 99.5%
14 providers
Tama 96.1%
11 providers
Tipton 92.7%
17 providers
Toledo 95.8%
10 providers
Traer 94.9%
13 providers
Urbandale 100.0%
21 providers
Vinton 93.6%
16 providers
Wapello 98.4%
13 providers
Washington 90.9%
16 providers
Waterloo 99.0%
21 providers
Waukee 99.7%
18 providers
Waukon 64.8%
11 providers
Waverly 98.9%
17 providers
Webster City 97.9%
17 providers
Wellman 98.5%
14 providers
West Branch 100.0%
14 providers
West Burlington 89.9%
15 providers
West Des Moines 97.4%
24 providers
West Liberty 95.1%
12 providers
West Union 83.9%
15 providers
Williamsburg 98.1%
16 providers
Wilton 16.1%
16 providers
Windsor Heights 100.0%
11 providers
Winterset 94.5%
15 providers
Woodward 97.3%
14 providers

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