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Internet Providers in Iowa City, Iowa
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Internet Access in Iowa City, Iowa
3 ISPs are available at the average Iowa City location. In context, this is actually a lot of choice contrasted with other communities. Competition between more than two broadband providers in a city often results in more affordable pricing.
Mediacom Cable as well as CenturyLink can also provide coverage in Iowa City, with shared coverage areas in some parts of town.
DSL and cable are the dominant network options around the Iowa City metro area, fighting for the same customers at most addresses and competing on service quality. Performance from cable is overall better. That said, big-picture metrics seen with either type are similar. Local speed test records show that Internet performance in the area is above-average, coming in 58.55 percent above the state aggregated average so far as download speed.
The plans shown above are collected individually by our data science team. The 60 Internet packages shown are the most relevant of 436 packages we've aggregated in Iowa City to date.
Viasat Internet and HughesNet are the largest Internet providers in Iowa City as measured by coverage area. The more common providers often compete at addresses in different blocks around Iowa City.
Internet Statistics 2021
3.4% of consumers in Iowa City2,000 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.
This data is calculated from FCC datasets which providers are legally required to supply twice a year. We further validate this data for accuracy.
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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Iowa City, Iowa
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|Mediacom Cable||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s||96.4%|
|ImOn Communications||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s||21.0%|
|Farmers Mutual Telephone||1,000 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||0.0%|
|CenturyLink||940 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||96.2%|
|Martelle Communications Co-op||110 Mbps||Cable||1m 14s||0.8%|
|Rise Broadband||50 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||2m 43s||86.5%|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s||100.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|Sharon Telephone Company||100 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||1m 21s||9.1%|
|Liberty Communications||20 Mbps||DSL||6m 49s||1.0%|
|South Slope||20 Mbps||DSL||6m 49s||0.7%|
|Martelle Communications Co-op||8 Mbps||Cable||17m 4s||0.8%|
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.
Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.
25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.
Internet Service for Educational Purposes in Iowa City
Economic development studies regularly highlight a strong correlation between internet access and enhanced education.  Broadband access is practically required as universities such as University Of Iowa move web-based systems to distribute student work. Looking at 246 speed tests reported in the past annum at areas within two miles of University Of Iowa campus, performance averages are in the region of 201.03 Mbps — far above the minimum speeds needed for viewing video and operating hosted or communication platforms.
Data Caps Around Iowa City
Data from our market researchers shows that some of the top providers use data caps for their home broadband connections. Data caps are disliked because users view caps as a tactic for limiting "cord cutting". Providers insist caps are a necessary tool for managing network traffic. In either case, the culprit is over-the-top streaming services, which easily consumes anywhere from 1–7GB per hour.
Compare Iowa City to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Iowa City||167.2 Mbps||18||$0.41 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +367.2 Mbps )||17 ( -1 )||$0.48 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( -18.4 Mbps )||17 ( -1 )||$0.28 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( -6.6 Mbps )||15 ( -3 )||$0.32 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( +2.3 Mbps )||23 ( +5 )||$0.31 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( -5.1 Mbps )||8 ( -10 )||$0.66 ( + $0.00 )|
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Iowa City
Could be better
I use Mediacom at my office in Forsyth, MO. It was the only service I had access to when I signed up. It sometimes runs really slow and I don't know why. They did do an update a year or so ago and that did help some, but there are times when it's still slow. It's expensive too. I haven't looked to see if I can do better, so I need to do that.
Fairly fast, slightly expensive, good reliability
Service interruptions are very rare, and the speeds are at least as fast as what I pay for. There are the occasional glitches, and the modem needs resetting about every 10 days, but overall, it's much better than average for this area.