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Internet Service in Iowa

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Internet Access in Iowa

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Coverage by County

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81.3%
81.3% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
18.5%
18.5% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

51.3

45th

Broadband Speeds

88.2%

of Iowans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

77.7%

of Iowans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

96.7%

of Iowans have access to wireline service.

46.2%

of Iowans have access to fiber-optic service.

77.4%

of Iowans have access to cable service.

87.0%

of Iowans have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in Iowa

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Adair 78.4%
Adams 64.1%
Allamakee 67.5%
Appanoose 79.5%
Audubon 76.6%
Benton 86.0%
Black Hawk 98.8%
Boone 89.8%
Bremer 97.8%
Buchanan 77.3%
Buena Vista 77.7%
Butler 82.7%
Calhoun 80.5%
Carroll 89.5%
Cass 93.4%
Cedar 88.9%
Cerro Gordo 94.0%
Cherokee 74.6%
Chickasaw 71.9%
Clarke 85.6%
Clay 92.7%
Clayton 73.3%
Clinton 95.4%
Crawford 71.0%
Dallas 94.7%
Davis 80.7%
Decatur 86.4%
Delaware 84.5%
Des Moines 95.8%
Dickinson 90.0%
Dubuque 98.3%
Emmet 92.6%
Fayette 81.6%
Floyd 87.9%
Franklin 78.2%
Fremont 81.2%
Greene 90.6%
Grundy 71.7%
Guthrie 85.6%
Hamilton 96.1%
Hancock 89.7%
Hardin 80.3%
Harrison 72.5%
Henry 90.0%
Howard 77.0%
Humboldt 80.0%
Ida 52.7%
Iowa 83.5%
Jackson 84.3%
Jasper 86.8%
Jefferson 78.4%
Johnson 96.5%
Jones 87.9%
Keokuk 61.9%
Kossuth 80.3%
Lee 93.9%
Linn 98.0%
Louisa 83.8%
Lucas 71.3%
Lyon 94.1%
Madison 85.9%
Mahaska 81.9%
Marion 90.5%
Marshall 78.5%
Mills 83.1%
Mitchell 87.7%
Monona 68.8%
Monroe 76.2%
Montgomery 90.8%
Muscatine 88.3%
O'Brien 89.7%
Osceola 78.6%
Page 89.2%
Palo Alto 89.9%
Plymouth 70.6%
Pocahontas 78.8%
Polk 98.4%
Pottawattamie 90.2%
Poweshiek 76.9%
Ringgold 60.7%
Sac 76.3%
Scott 97.3%
Shelby 94.2%
Sioux 90.9%
Story 94.5%
Tama 81.0%
Taylor 69.4%
Union 88.3%
Van Buren 48.2%
Wapello 87.7%
Warren 94.6%
Washington 87.7%
Wayne 87.2%
Webster 94.1%
Winnebago 100.0%
Winneshiek 59.4%
Woodbury 94.0%
Worth 96.6%
Wright 90.3%

Internet Speed in Top Iowa Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Des Moines 53.0 MBPS 20 Providers
2. Cedar Rapids 54.2 MBPS 29 Providers
3. Davenport 39.6 MBPS 21 Providers
4. Sioux City 60.6 MBPS 18 Providers
5. Iowa City 82.9 MBPS 22 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Iowa

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Mediacom Cable 88.1 MBPS
Windstream 55.8 MBPS
CenturyLink 26.5 MBPS
Evertek 17.6 MBPS
Rise Broadband 15.5 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Iowa, 2020

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 9/1/2020.

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.

To see how Iowa’s wired broadband accessibility compares to other states throughout the US, check here.

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
Adel 91.8% 13 providers
Albia 81.6% 8 providers
Algona 93.0% 11 providers
Altoona 98.0% 14 providers
Ames 97.1% 21 providers
Anamosa 93.7% 17 providers
Ankeny 98.9% 18 providers
Atlantic 92.7% 13 providers
Bellevue 78.7% 17 providers
Bettendorf 98.9% 15 providers
Bloomfield 79.6% 13 providers
Bondurant 97.1% 12 providers
Boone 91.1% 15 providers
Burlington 98.5% 13 providers
Camanche 95.3% 10 providers
Carlisle 98.0% 14 providers
Carroll 96.2% 14 providers
Cedar Falls 98.7% 14 providers
Cedar Rapids 99.3% 29 providers
Center Point 89.7% 16 providers
Centerville 88.8% 12 providers
Chariton 78.4% 10 providers
Charles City 84.1% 14 providers
Cherokee 92.1% 13 providers
Clarinda 85.4% 12 providers
Clear Lake 100.0% 13 providers
Clinton 96.7% 15 providers
Clive 99.7% 19 providers
Coralville 99.4% 17 providers
Council Bluffs 97.8% 14 providers
Cresco 79.4% 12 providers
Creston 91.6% 11 providers
Davenport 97.7% 21 providers
De Witt 95.2% 10 providers
Decorah 65.7% 12 providers
Denison 86.2% 10 providers
Des Moines 98.5% 20 providers
Dubuque 99.5% 23 providers
Dyersville 94.5% 13 providers
Eagle Grove 94.9% 12 providers
Eldridge 97.9% 10 providers
Emmetsburg 93.3% 12 providers
Estherville 92.8% 16 providers
Evansdale 99.5% 12 providers
Fairfield 88.8% 13 providers
Forest City 100.0% 12 providers
Fort Dodge 93.5% 14 providers
Fort Madison 97.1% 12 providers
Garner 95.7% 13 providers
Glenwood 95.8% 16 providers
Grimes 98.5% 15 providers
Grinnell 95.4% 14 providers
Hampton 89.5% 15 providers
Harlan 98.5% 12 providers
Hiawatha 99.4% 16 providers
Humboldt 89.7% 14 providers
Independence 92.0% 16 providers
Indianola 97.5% 14 providers
Iowa City 97.8% 22 providers
Iowa Falls 91.7% 15 providers
Jefferson 99.6% 9 providers
Jesup 95.4% 13 providers
Johnston 99.6% 15 providers
Kalona 85.9% 13 providers
Keokuk 97.9% 11 providers
Knoxville 91.9% 12 providers
Le Claire 98.7% 13 providers
Le Mars 84.7% 9 providers
Madrid 85.5% 12 providers
Manchester 94.1% 13 providers
Maquoketa 88.5% 19 providers
Marengo 90.4% 13 providers
Marion 99.4% 17 providers
Marshalltown 93.3% 13 providers
Mason City 97.8% 17 providers
Milford 90.2% 15 providers
Missouri Valley 77.7% 12 providers
Monticello 86.8% 15 providers
Mount Pleasant 93.8% 12 providers
Mount Vernon 83.2% 18 providers
Muscatine 97.7% 13 providers
Nevada 91.1% 12 providers
New Hampton 80.0% 14 providers
Newton 96.0% 13 providers
North Liberty 98.2% 17 providers
Norwalk 98.6% 12 providers
Oelwein 94.5% 12 providers
Orange City 95.1% 11 providers
Osage 86.1% 14 providers
Osceola 87.4% 12 providers
Oskaloosa 93.4% 14 providers
Ottumwa 91.7% 12 providers
Pella 97.0% 14 providers
Peosta 96.0% 15 providers
Perry 93.6% 14 providers
Pleasant Hill 98.0% 14 providers
Polk City 95.9% 14 providers
Red Oak 88.5% 13 providers
Rock Rapids 98.5% 11 providers
Rock Valley 86.8% 11 providers
Sergeant Bluff 96.1% 10 providers
Sheldon 98.2% 11 providers
Shenandoah 95.7% 11 providers
Sioux Center 100.0% 8 providers
Sioux City 95.5% 18 providers
Solon 95.4% 12 providers
Spencer 95.6% 18 providers
Spirit Lake 92.5% 18 providers
Storm Lake 89.2% 12 providers
Story City 83.6% 11 providers
Tama 87.3% 9 providers
Tipton 89.4% 15 providers
Urbandale 99.7% 17 providers
Vinton 95.5% 14 providers
Washington 91.7% 15 providers
Waterloo 99.1% 18 providers
Waukee 99.1% 16 providers
Waukon 68.9% 10 providers
Waverly 99.1% 15 providers
Webster City 97.8% 14 providers
West Burlington 91.1% 13 providers
West Des Moines 96.9% 23 providers
West Liberty 90.4% 11 providers
Williamsburg 81.0% 14 providers
Wilton 16.0% 14 providers
Windsor Heights 100.0% 13 providers
Winterset 92.2% 13 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.