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Internet Providers in Cedar Falls, Iowa
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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 415 Internet plans in Cedar Falls since 2014. The speed averages shown here are drawn from 2,858 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.
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||Availability|
|Cedar Falls Municipal Communications Utility||10,000 Mbps||Fiber||0s||96.4%|
|Mediacom Cable||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s||90.4%|
|CenturyLink||940 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||87.0%|
|Rise Broadband||50 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||2m 43s||53.9%|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s||100.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|Brooklyn Mutual Telecommunications Cooperative||24 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||5m 41s||1.8%|
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 67.92 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.
Compare Cedar Falls to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Cedar Falls||69.3 Mbps||13||$0.21 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +465.1 Mbps )||17 ( +4 )||$0.48 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( +79.5 Mbps )||17 ( +4 )||$0.24 ( + $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( +91.3 Mbps )||15 ( +2 )||$0.27 ( + $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( +100.2 Mbps )||23 ( +10 )||$0.26 ( + $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( +92.8 Mbps )||8 ( -5 )||$0.34 ( + $0.00 )|