Internet Providers in Cedar Falls, IA

Residential Internet Statistics for Cedar Falls, IA
Internet Service Providers: 9
Plans Start From: $19.99
Top Download Speed: 10 Gbps
Fastest Connection Type: Fiber

Top Internet Providers in Cedar Falls, Iowa:

Showing 1 to 11 Providers

  • 1. CenturyLink
    87.5% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *100 Mbps
    • DSL
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • DSL
    87.5% Available
  • 2. T-Mobile 5G Home Internet
    37.1% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *182 Mbps
    • 5G Internet
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • 5G Internet
    37.1% Available
  • 3. Rise Broadband
    53.9% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *50 Mbps
    • Fixed Wireless
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Fixed Wireless
    53.9% Available
  • 4. Viasat
    100% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *50 Mbps
    • Satellite
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Satellite
    100% Available
  • 5. 5. HughesNet
    100% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *25 Mbps
    • Satellite
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Satellite
    100% Available
  • 6. Windstream
    1.3% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *300 Mbps
    • DSL
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • DSL
    1.3% Available
  • 7. 6. Cedar Falls Municipal Communications Utility
    96.7% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *10 Gbps
    • Fiber
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Fiber
    96.7% Available
  • 8. 7. Mediacom
    90.5% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *1 Gbps
    • Cable
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Cable
    90.5% Available
  • 9. 8. Cedar Falls Municipal Communications Utility
    63% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *18 Mbps
    • Fixed Wireless
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Fixed Wireless
    63% Available
  • 10. 9. LTD
    48.3% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *100 Mbps
    • Fixed Wireless
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Fixed Wireless
    48.3% Available
  • 11. 10. Natel
    15.2% Available
    Download Speeds up to:
    *25 Mbps
    • Fixed Wireless
    *Not all internet speeds available in all areas.
    • Fixed Wireless
    15.2% Available
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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 438 Internet plans in Cedar Falls since 2014. Speed test data in the graph below is limited to 658 records as of 2022. This gives a snapshot of what some subscribers are getting in the area, but trends low since tests are usually run to diagnose home networking issues.

In terms of coverage options, the average Cedar Falls home has 4-5 companies serving their location. Still, 6.15 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 10,000 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, 96.69 percent of the area has access to fiber Internet reaching at least as far as the street outside.

  • There are 17 internet providers in Cedar Falls with 11 of those offering residential service
  • Cedar Falls is the 68th most connected city in Iowa ahead of Waterloo, Janesville, Evansdale, Hudson, and Dike.

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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Cedar Falls, Iowa

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB Availability
Cedar Falls Municipal Communications Utility 10,000 Mbps Fiber 0s 96.7%
Mediacom Cable 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s 90.5%
Windstream 300 Mbps DSL 27s 1.3%
CenturyLink 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s 87.5%
Rise Broadband 50 Mbps Fixed Wireless 2m 43s 53.9%
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s 100.0%
T-Mobile 5G Home Internet 182 Mbps 5G Internet 45s 37.1%
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s 100.0%

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2,000 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.

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This data is calculated from FCC datasets which providers are legally required to supply twice a year. We further validate this data for accuracy.

Cedar Falls is the 68th most connected city in Iowa ahead of Waterloo, Janesville, Evansdale, Hudson, and Dike.

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The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.

Approximately 800 people in Black Hawk County don't have access to any wired internet.

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This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.

Fiber Availability: 97% of people living in Cedar Falls have residential fiber service available to them.

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Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.

Approximately 94% of Cedar Falls residents are serviced by multiple wired providers.

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This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.

In Black Hawk County, approximately 2,000 people do not have access to 25 Mbps wired broadband.

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25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.

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Compare Cedar Falls to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Cedar Falls 80.3 Mbps 13 $0.23 ( + $0.00 )
New York 581.7 Mbps ( +501.4 Mbps ) 22 ( +9 ) $0.34 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 172.8 Mbps ( +92.5 Mbps ) 21 ( +8 ) $0.25 ( + $0.00 )
Chicago 199.7 Mbps ( +119.4 Mbps ) 20 ( +7 ) $0.24 ( + $0.00 )
Houston 202.2 Mbps ( +121.9 Mbps ) 27 ( +14 ) $0.25 ( + $0.00 )
Philadelphia 196.5 Mbps ( +116.2 Mbps ) 11 ( -2 ) $0.39 ( + $0.00 )