Internet Providers in Cedar Falls, Iowa

  • 1. 1. CenturyLink
    87% Available
    87%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    940 Mbps
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    940 Mbps
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    • Fiber
    • DSL
    • Internet Plans: 3
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 100-940mbps
    • Connection: DSL and Fiber
    • Installation: Tech installation fee of up to $125 may apply. Self-installation, if available at your location, may also be selected.
    • Price Range: $50 - $65
    • Contracts: None - None required
  • 2. 2. Rise Broadband
    53.9% Available
    53.9%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    50 Mbps
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    5 Mbps
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    • Deal
    • Fixed Wireless
    • Internet Plans: 4
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 25-50mbps
    • Connection: Fixed Wireless
    • Installation: Free installation.
    • Price Range: $34.95 - $64.95
    Deal
    There are 1 active deals on select plans from this provider
  • 3. 3. Viasat
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    50 Mbps
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    3 Mbps
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    • Satellite
    • Internet Plans: 4
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 12-50mbps
    • Connection: Satellite
    • Price Range: $49.99 - $199.99
    • Contracts: 2 Years - 2 Years required
  • 4. 4. HughesNet
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    25 Mbps
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    3 Mbps
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    • Deal
    • Satellite
    • Internet Plans: 4
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 25-25mbps
    • Connection: Satellite
    • Installation: Standard installation is free.
    • Price Range: $39.99 - $149.99
    • Contracts: 2 Years - 2 Years required
    Deal
    There are 4 active deals on select plans from this provider
  • 5. 5. Cedar Falls Municipal Communications Utility
    96.4% Available
    96.4%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    10000 Mbps
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    10000 Mbps
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    • Fiber
    • Internet Plans: 4
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 3-10000mbps
    • Connection: Fiber
    • Price Range: $29.95 - $117
  • 6. 6. Mediacom
    90.4% Available
    90.4%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    1000 Mbps
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    50 Mbps
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    • Deal
    • Cable
    • Internet Plans: 4
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 10
    • Speed Range: 60-1000mbps
    • Connection: Cable
    • Price Range: $19.99 - $199.99
    Deal
    There are 10 active deals on select plans from this provider
  • 7. 7. Cedar Falls Municipal Communications Utility
    63% Available
    63%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    18 Mbps
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    2 Mbps
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    • Fixed Wireless
    • Internet Plans: 2
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 9-18mbps
    • Connection: Fixed Wireless
    • Installation: Includes installation for CFU electric customers. Installation for non-CFU electric customers is $440.
    • Price Range: $56 - $75
  • 8. 8. LTD
    48.3% Available
    48.3%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    100 Mbps
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    20 Mbps
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    • Deal
    • Fixed Wireless
    • Internet Plans: 4
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 6-100mbps
    • Connection: Fixed Wireless
    • Installation: Includes standard installation.
    • Price Range: $60 - $120
    • Contracts: None - None required
    Deal
    There are 4 active deals on select plans from this provider
  • 9. 9. Natel
    15.2% Available
    15.2%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    25 Mbps
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  • 10. Brooklyn Mutual Telecommunications Cooperative
    1.8% Available
    1.8%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    24 Mbps
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    12 Mbps
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    • Fiber
    • DSL
    • Internet Plans: 4
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 3-24mbps
    • Connection: DSL and Fiber
    • Installation: Includes installation.
    • Price Range: $35.95 - $79.95
  • 11. Windstream
    1.3% Available
    1.3%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    200 Mbps
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    200 Mbps
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    • DSL
    • Internet Plans: 2
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 50-200mbps
    • Connection: DSL
    • Price Range: $45 - $77
    • Contracts: None - None required
2 Residential internet providers are hidden due to low coverage in Cedar-Falls. See All
  • 1. 1. Rise Broadband
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    100 Mbps
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    5 Mbps
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    • Deal
    • Fixed Wireless
    • Internet Plans: 3
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 25-100mbps
    • Connection: Fixed Wireless
    • Price Range: $80.94 - $120.94
    • Contracts: None - None required
    Deal
    There are 3 active deals on select plans from this provider
  • 2. 2. Cedar Falls Municipal Communications Utility
    96.6% Available
    96.6%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    10000 Mbps
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    10000 Mbps
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    • Fiber
    • Internet Plans: 4
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 3-10000mbps
    • Connection: Fiber
    • Price Range: $65 - $440
  • 3. 3. Cedar Falls Municipal Communications Utility
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    18 Mbps
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    2 Mbps
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    • Fixed Wireless
    • Internet Plans: 2
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 9-18mbps
    • Connection: Fixed Wireless
    • Price Range: $67.5 - $95
  • 4. 4. Mediacom Business
    59.7% Available
    59.7%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    1000 Mbps
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    50 Mbps
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    • Deal
    • Cable
    • Internet Plans: 4
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 60-1000mbps
    • Connection: Cable
    • Installation: Free standard installation.
    • Price Range: $129.95 - $329.95
    • Contracts: None - None required
    Deal
    There are 4 active deals on select plans from this provider
  • 5. Brooklyn Mutual Telecommunications Cooperative
    1.2% Available
    1.2%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    100 Mbps
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    50 Mbps
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    • DSL
    • Internet Plans: 5
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 3-100mbps
    • Connection: DSL
    • Installation: Includes installation.
    • Price Range: $35.95 - $175
  • 6. 5. Rise Broadband
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    50 Mbps
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    5 Mbps
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    • Deal
    • Fixed Wireless
    • Internet Plans: 3
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 25-50mbps
    • Connection: Fixed Wireless
    • Price Range: $80.94 - $120.94
    • Contracts: None - None required
    Deal
    There are 3 active deals on select plans from this provider
  • 7. 6. LTD
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    100 Mbps
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    20 Mbps
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  • 8. 7. Cedar Falls Municipal Communications Utility
    96.6% Available
    96.6%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    1000 Mbps
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    500 Mbps
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    • Fiber
    • Internet Plans: 4
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 3-1000mbps
    • Connection: Fiber
    • Price Range: $65 - $440
  • 9. 8. Unite Private
    38.8% Available
    38.8%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    1000 Mbps
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    1000 Mbps
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  • 10. 9. CenturyLink Business
    10.3% Available
    10.3%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    40 Mbps
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    5 Mbps
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1 Business internet providers are hidden due to low coverage in Cedar-Falls. See All
  • 1. 1. AT&T Wireless
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    3 Mbps
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    1.5 Mbps
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    • Mobile Broadband
    • Internet Plans: 2
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 0-3mbps
    • Connection: Mobile Broadband
    • Price Range: $50 - $75
  • 2. 2. U.S. Cellular
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    6 Mbps
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    3 Mbps
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    • Mobile Broadband
    • Internet Plans: 5
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 0-6mbps
    • Connection: Mobile Broadband
    • Price Range: $55 - $160
  • 3. 3. Verizon
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    10 Mbps
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    3 Mbps
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    • Deal
    • Mobile Broadband
    • Internet Plans: 2
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 0-10mbps
    • Connection: Mobile Broadband
    • Price Range: $55 - $65
    Deal
    There are 2 active deals on select plans from this provider
  • 4. 4. T-Mobile
    100% Available
    100%

    Available

    Speeds up to:
    6 Mbps
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    1.5 Mbps
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    • Deal
    • Mobile Broadband
    • Internet Plans: 3
    • Internet & TV Bundles: 0
    • Speed Range: 0-6mbps
    • Connection: Mobile Broadband
    • Price Range: $60 - $85
    Deal
    There are 2 active deals on select plans from this provider

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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.

  • There are 15 internet providers in Cedar Falls with 11 of those offering residential service
  • Cedar Falls is the 56th most connected city in Iowa ahead of Waterloo, Evansdale, Janesville, Hudson, and Dike.

Internet Statistics 2021

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3,000 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%
Windstream 200 Mbps DSL 40s 1.3%
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 Provider Competition Map For Cedar Falls

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Cedar Falls is the 56th most connected city in Iowa ahead of Waterloo, Evansdale, Janesville, Hudson, and Dike.

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

Approximately 900 people in Black Hawk County don't have access to any wired internet.

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

Fiber Availability: 96% of people living in Cedar Falls have residential fiber service available to them.

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

Approximately 93% of Cedar Falls residents are serviced by multiple wired providers.

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.

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 )