Internet Providers in Cedar Falls, IA
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Residential Internet Statistics for Cedar Falls, IA
|Fastest Speed Available:||10,000 Mbps|
|Average Plan Price:||$60.98|
Most Popular Residential Internet Providers in Cedar Falls, Iowa
Internet Access in Cedar Falls, Iowa
Data on BroadbandNow is drawn from the FCC's bi-annual coverage reporting. We leverage direct provider reports and other privatized data to validate the data. Plan, pricing, and other information is collected manually through our market research team. BroadbandNow has analyzed 399 Internet plans in Cedar Falls since 2014. The speed averages shown here are drawn from 7,691 IP-verified speed test records in the past 12 months.
In terms of coverage options, the average Cedar Falls home has 4-5 companies serving their location. Still, 7.25 percent of Cedar Falls residents are limited to one choice for Internet.
Viasat Internet is the most widely available option in Cedar Falls. They are available to close to one hundred percent of Cedar Falls. HughesNet is also a common choice, with coverage in practically one hundred percent of Cedar Falls with Satellite service. The fastest plan advertised by HughesNet for Cedar Falls is 25 megabits per second.
Cedar Falls Municipal Communications Utility provides an alternative to the primary providers (Viasat and HughesNet), serving Cedar Falls with a top speed of 1,000 Mbps. Wired Internet isn't the only way to get Internet access for residents of Cedar Falls. fixed wireless providers such as Cedar Falls Municipal Communications Utility can offer 18 Mbps or more over wireless hardware. Outside of home broadband, there are 5 companies within city limits selling enterprise and business/smb services such as point-to-point connectivity. The small business providers listed above include all providers with business plans on their site, although some providers sell both residential and business-class broadband.
In summary, Cedar Falls's broadband market follows a similar pattern to other US cities: wide access to cable and DSL, with the caveat that most residences are stuck with a single company for setting up either service. The cable/DSL pattern has a logical cause. Broadband Internet outfits used to be television and phone companies. So, they use existing infrastructures for delivering broadband Internet service. Fiber network access has been slowly expanding as a third option. While not all "Fiber" plans are 100% "Fiber to the Home" connections, 96.39 percent of the area has access to fiber Internet reaching at least as far as the street outside. The area's average download speed is currently 9.91 percent ahead of the Iowa average, accounting for all cities. See the user speed test results below for information about how major local Internet providers compare over time.
Internet Statistics 2021
7.3% of consumers in Cedar Falls3,000 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.
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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Cedar Falls, Iowa
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB|
|Cedar Falls Municipal Communications Utility||10,000 Mbps||Fiber||0s|
|Mediacom Cable||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s|
|CenturyLink||100 Mbps||DSL||1m 21s|
|Rise Broadband||50 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||2m 43s|
|CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit||940 Mbps||Fiber||8s|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s|
|Brooklyn Mutual Telecommunications Cooperative||24 Mbps||Fiber||5m 41s|
|Brooklyn Mutual Telecommunications Cooperative||24 Mbps||DSL||5m 41s|
Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Cedar Falls, Iowa
- Cedar Falls Municipal Communications Utility - Fiber - 96.4% Availability in Cedar Falls - Speeds up to 10,000 Mbps
- CenturyLink - DSL - 87.0% Availability in Cedar Falls - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
- Mediacom - Cable - 90.4% Availability in Cedar Falls - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
- Rise Broadband - Fixed Wireless - 53.9% Availability in Cedar Falls - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
- CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit - Fiber - 8.9% Availability in Cedar Falls - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
- Brooklyn Mutual Telecommunications Cooperative - DSL - 1.8% Availability in Cedar Falls - Speeds up to 24 Mbps
- Brooklyn Mutual Telecommunications Cooperative - Fiber - 1.7% Availability in Cedar Falls - Speeds up to 24 Mbps
- Windstream - DSL - 1.3% Availability in Cedar Falls - Speeds up to 200 Mbps
- Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Cedar Falls - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
- HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Cedar Falls - Speeds up to 25 Mbps
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.
This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.
Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.
This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.
25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.
Internet Access for Education in Cedar Falls
University Of Northern Iowa and Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus are the biggest universities in Cedar Falls. For the 12,331 combined students living in the area, fast internet access is a must for obtaining educational materials and conducting research. Students living close to University Of Northern Iowa and Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus are likely to be choosing between the major providers outlined above. Speed test records from the zip where both campuses are located show an average speed of 66.06 Mbps. Average download speeds can be different since they include household network issues, and the actual speed you can achieve shouldn't be less than 10–30percent less than the advertised speeds on this page.
FCC and US Government reports often cite the need to improve internet service access for college and high school students.
Data Cap Issues and Video Streaming Around Cedar Falls
Data collected by our researchers suggests that many of the common providers use data caps for their home Internet connections. Data caps are disliked because subscribers view caps as a strategy for limiting video streaming, while providers maintain data caps are a necessary tool for managing network traffic. In either case, the issue is the same: over-the-top streaming services, which can eat up one to seven Gigabytes per hour.
Summary Of Internet Providers In Cedar Falls
|Cedar Falls Municipal Communications Utility||Fiber||96.4%+||10,000 Mbps|
|Mediacom Cable||Cable||90.4%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Cedar Falls Municipal Communications Utility||Fixed Wireless||63.0%+||18 Mbps|
|Rise Broadband||Fixed Wireless||53.9%+||50 Mbps|
|LTD Broadband||Fixed Wireless||48.3%+||100 Mbps|
|Natel||Fixed Wireless||15.2%+||25 Mbps|
|CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit||Fiber||8.9%+||940 Mbps|
|Brooklyn Mutual Telecommunications Cooperative||DSL||1.8%+||24 Mbps|
|Brooklyn Mutual Telecommunications Cooperative||Fiber||1.7%+||24 Mbps|
|Viasat Internet||Satellite||100%||50 Mbps|
|Cedar Falls Municipal Communications Utility||Fiber||96.6%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Rise Broadband||Fixed Wireless||100%||100 Mbps|
|Cedar Falls Municipal Communications Utility||Fixed Wireless||100%||18 Mbps|
|LTD Broadband||Fixed Wireless||100%||100 Mbps|
|Mediacom Business||Cable||59.7%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Unite Private Networks||Fiber||38.8%+||1,000 Mbps|
|CenturyLink Business||Fiber||10.3%+||40 Mbps|
|Brooklyn Mutual Telecommunications Cooperative||DSL||1.2%+||100 Mbps|
Compare Cedar Falls to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Cedar Falls||67.1 Mbps||13||$0.12 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||415.4 Mbps ( +348.3 Mbps )||16 ( +3 )||$0.21 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||118.9 Mbps ( +51.8 Mbps )||17 ( +4 )||$0.15 ( + $0.00 )|
|Chicago||116.2 Mbps ( +49.1 Mbps )||15 ( +2 )||$0.19 ( + $0.00 )|
|Houston||127.4 Mbps ( +60.3 Mbps )||23 ( +10 )||$0.18 ( + $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||127.6 Mbps ( +60.5 Mbps )||8 ( -5 )||$0.18 ( + $0.00 )|