Internet Providers in Iowa City, IA

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Residential Internet Statistics for Iowa City, IA
Internet Providers: 23
Internet Plans: 28
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $68.57

Internet Access in Iowa City, Iowa

3-4 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 48.72 percent above the state aggregated average so far as download speed.

The plans shown above are collected individually by our data science team. The 66 Internet packages shown are the most relevant of 410 packages we've aggregated in Iowa City to date.

Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 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.

  • There are 23 internet providers in Iowa City with 19 of those offering residential service
  • Iowa City is the 73rd most connected city in Iowa ahead of Tiffin, Solon, North Liberty, and West Branch, but behind Coralville.
  • The fastest zip code in Iowa City for April 2021 is 52246. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

2,000 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
Mediacom Cable 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
ImOn Communications 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
South Slope 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
CenturyLink 940 Mbps Fiber 8s
Windstream 200 Mbps DSL 40s
CenturyLink 140 Mbps DSL 58s
Rise Broadband 50 Mbps Fixed Wireless 2m 43s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
Liberty Communications 20 Mbps DSL 6m 49s
South Slope 20 Mbps DSL 6m 49s
Sharon Telephone Company 10 Mbps DSL 13m 39s
Sharon Company Company 100 Mbps Fiber 1m 21s
Farmers Mutual Telephone 10 Mbps DSL 13m 39s
Martelle Communications Co-op 110 Mbps Cable 1m 14s
Martelle Communications Co-op 8 Mbps Cable 17m 4s
Martelle Communications Co-op 60 Mbps DSL 2m 16s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Iowa City, Iowa

  • CenturyLink - DSL - 95.9% Availability in Iowa City - Speeds up to 140 Mbps
  • Mediacom - Cable - 96.4% Availability in Iowa City - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Rise Broadband - Fixed Wireless - 86.5% Availability in Iowa City - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • CenturyLink - Fiber - 24.5% Availability in Iowa City - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • STC - DSL - 9.1% Availability in Iowa City - Speeds up to 10 Mbps
  • ImOn - Fiber - 9.5% Availability in Iowa City - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • STC - Fiber - 9.1% Availability in Iowa City - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Windstream - DSL - 3.1% Availability in Iowa City - Speeds up to 200 Mbps
  • South Slope - Fiber - 1.1% Availability in Iowa City - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Martelle Communications Co-op - Cable - 0.8% Availability in Iowa City - Speeds up to 110 Mbps
  • Liberty - DSL - 1.0% Availability in Iowa City - Speeds up to 20 Mbps
  • Martelle Communications Co-op - DSL - 0.8% Availability in Iowa City - Speeds up to 60 Mbps
  • Martelle Communications Co-op - Cable - 0.8% Availability in Iowa City - Speeds up to 8 Mbps
  • South Slope - DSL - 0.7% Availability in Iowa City - Speeds up to 20 Mbps
  • Farmers Mutual Telephone - DSL - 0.0% Availability in Iowa City - Speeds up to 10 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Iowa City - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Iowa City - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Iowa City

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Iowa City is the 73rd most connected city in Iowa ahead of Tiffin, Solon, North Liberty, and West Branch, but behind Coralville.

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

Approximately 2,000 people in Johnson 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: 20% of people living in Iowa City 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 96% of Iowa City 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.

As of this month, 52246 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Iowa City.

Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.

In Johnson County, approximately 6,000 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 Service for Educational Purposes in Iowa City

Economic development studies regularly highlight a strong correlation between internet access and enhanced education. [1] Broadband access is practically required as universities such as University Of Iowa move web-based systems to distribute student work. Looking at 623 speed tests reported in the past annum at areas within two miles of University Of Iowa campus, performance averages are in the region of 165.41 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.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Iowa City

Provider Type Coverage Speed
CenturyLink DSL 95.9%+ 140 Mbps
Mediacom Cable Cable 96.4%+ 1,000 Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 86.5%+ 50 Mbps
Sharon Telephone Company DSL 9.1%+ 10 Mbps
CenturyLink Fiber 24.5%+ 940 Mbps
ImOn Communications Fiber 9.5%+ 1,000 Mbps
Sharon Company Company Fiber 9.1%+ 100 Mbps
Sharon Telephone Company Fixed Wireless 9.0%+ 1.0 Mbps
Windstream DSL 3.1%+ 200 Mbps
South Slope Fiber 1.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
Martelle Communications Co-op Cable 0.8%+ 110 Mbps
Liberty Communications DSL 1.0%+ 20 Mbps
Martelle Communications Co-op DSL 0.8%+ 60 Mbps
Martelle Communications Co-op Cable 0.8%+ 8 Mbps
South Slope DSL 0.7%+ 20 Mbps
Farmers Mutual Telephone DSL 0.0%+ 10 Mbps
Bernard Telephone Fixed Wireless 0.0%+ 20 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 97.5%+ 100 Mbps
CenturyLink Business DSL 100% 140 Mbps
Mediacom Business Cable 68.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
Unite Private Networks Fiber 40.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Fiber 17.3%+ 940 Mbps
Liberty Communications DSL 19.7%+ 20 Mbps
South Slope Fiber 2.9%+ 1,000 Mbps
South Slope DSL 5.9%+ 20 Mbps
Central Scott Telephone Company Copper 0.7%+ 100 Mbps
ImOn Communications Fiber 0.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
Aureon Fiber 0.5%+ 1,000 Mbps
US Signal Company Fiber 0.4%+ 1,000 Mbps

Compare Iowa City to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Iowa City 117.9 Mbps 19 $0.56 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +297.5 Mbps ) 14 ( -5 ) $0.54 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( +1 Mbps ) 18 ( -1 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( -1.7 Mbps ) 15 ( -4 ) $0.38 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( +9.5 Mbps ) 21 ( +2 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( +9.7 Mbps ) 8 ( -11 ) $0.33 ( $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.