Internet Providers in Walker, Iowa

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Residential Internet Statistics for Walker, IA
Wired Internet Providers: 6
Average Speed Test Result: 16.05 Mbps
Top Advertised Speed: 1,000 Mbps
No Broadband Access: 31.16%

Internet Access in Walker, Iowa

3 ISPs can provide service to the average Walker location. In context, this is a high amount of choice in comparison to other cities. Robust competition often results in more affordable regional pricing.

DSL Internet providers like Windstream deliver Internet service using phone lines, which explains why DSL is purchased through telecommunication companies that bundle Internet access with landline telephone connections. DSL Internet is available for 92.15 percent of the Walker population. The transmitters and copper lines delivering DSL have limited capacity when compared to coaxial or fiber-optic lines. The practical impact of this is: lower speeds. This is part of the reason weighted average speed tests in Walker are lower than the state, clocking in with 16.05 Mbps compared to the 55.76 Mbps average download rate in Iowa.

We should note here that since FCC availability data is currently only collected biannually and only released 6+ months after, data shown here may have minor inaccuracies.

Windstream is also a common Internet option in Walker. They offer DSL service in 90 percent of Walker. LTD Broadband offers an alternative wireless service for 84 percent of the local area, although it needs roof access or line of site with a LTD Broadband tower or access point.

Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) and HughesNet are the largest Internet providers in Walker so far as coverage. As the map below demonstrates, these providers frequently compete at addresses around Walker.

Internet Statistics 2021

1,000 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 Walker, Iowa

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
USA Communications (Iowa) 1,000 Mbps Fiber and Cable 8s
Windstream 1,000 Mbps DSL and Fiber 8s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
CenturyLink 30 Mbps DSL 4m 33s
Rise Broadband 50 Mbps Fixed Wireless 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
East Buchanan Telephone Cooperative 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Walker, Iowa

  • Windstream - 90.8% Availability in Walker - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Rise Broadband - 88.6% Availability in Walker - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • USA - 18.6% Availability in Walker - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • CenturyLink - 5.4% Availability in Walker - Speeds up to 30 Mbps
  • East Buchanan Telephone Cooperative - 1.8% Availability in Walker - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Walker - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Walker - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Walker

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Walker is the 22nd most connected city in Iowa ahead of Center Point, Coggon, Shellsburg, and Independence, but behind Central City.

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 Benton 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: 27% of people living in Walker 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 31% of Walker 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 Benton County, approximately 3,000 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.

Data Caps and Video Streaming Around Walker

Data collected by our research team shows that some of the popular ISPs place a limit on data use on residential broadband packages. Data caps are a public issue since subscribers see caps as a tactic for limiting streaming services. Providers insist that they are a necessary strategy as they struggle to manage network congestion. Either way, the issue is the same: video streaming, which easily consumes one to seven Gigabytes/hr.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Walker

Provider Type Coverage Speed
Windstream DSL and Fiber 90.8%+ 1,000 Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 88.6%+ 50 Mbps
LTD Broadband Fixed Wireless 84.7%+ 100 Mbps
USA Communications (Iowa) Fiber, Cable, and Fixed Wireless 18.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
SpeedConnect Fixed Wireless 35.2%+ 25 Mbps
CenturyLink DSL 5.4%+ 30 Mbps
East Buchanan Telephone Cooperative DSL 1.8%+ 100 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 100% 50 Mbps
Unite Private Networks Fiber 47.0%+ 1,000 Mbps
CenturyLink Business DSL 14.2%+ 40 Mbps
NetFortris Fiber 0.1%+ -- Mbps
Windstream Fiber 0.0%+ 200 Mbps

Compare Walker to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Walker 16.1 Mbps 12 $1.27 ( + $0.00 )
New York 349.1 Mbps ( +333 Mbps ) 15 ( +3 ) $0.46 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 107.1 Mbps ( +91 Mbps ) 18 ( +6 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 99.7 Mbps ( +83.6 Mbps ) 15 ( +3 ) $0.29 ( $0.00 )
Houston 111.7 Mbps ( +95.6 Mbps ) 21 ( +9 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 115.3 Mbps ( +99.2 Mbps ) 9 ( -3 ) $0.34 ( $0.00 )