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Internet Providers in Watkins, Iowa
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Internet Access in Watkins, Iowa
Data on BroadbandNow is calculated from the FCC's bi-annual broadband coverage reports. We also use direct provider reports to further validate the data down to the census block level. Plan and pricing data shown here is aggregated manually by our research team. To date, we've collected and verified 156 broadband plans in Watkins since founding in 2014. Speed test data in the graph below is limited to 11 records as of 2021. This gives a snapshot of what some subscribers are getting in the area, but trends low since tests are usually run to diagnose home networking issues.
Compared to cable, wireless service has lower speeds, higher prices, and lower data thresholds. wireless Internet isn't ideal for activities like video streaming, Skype, and any bandwidth-heavy modern apps.
Viasat Internet and HughesNet are Watkins's primary wired broadband options.
90.77 percent of Watkins residents are without a choice for true broadband Internet service. This is not a surprise seeing as market competition between providers is low. Locations in the local area usually have 1 options for Internet service, accounting for the whole community.
Aside from the Internet options listed above, South Slope is another option to consider. They have coverage in 97 percent of Watkins. Wireless options like satellite and mobile are advertised locally, but the wired providers detailed here almost always provide better pricing. As detailed in the map below, the vast majority of residents can get service from wired Internet.
Internet Statistics 2021
90.8% of consumers in Watkins300 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 Watkins, Iowa
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|South Slope||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s||97.6%|
|USA Communications (Iowa)||1,000 Mbps||Fiber and DSL||8s||5.5%|
|Van Horne Cooperative Telephone Company||500 Mbps||Fiber||16s||2.1%|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s||100.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|USA Communications (Iowa)||6 Mbps||Cable||22m 45s||1.6%|
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.
25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.
Data Cap Issues and Cord Cutting in Watkins
Data collected by our research team shows that some of the common ISPs place a limit on streaming for their residential Internet packages. Data caps are controversial because consumers view them as a tactic to stop video streaming. Providers insist that caps are a necessary strategy for managing heavy network traffic. Either way, the issue is over-the-top streaming, which easily consumes anywhere from 1–7GB/hr.
Compare Watkins to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Watkins||35.1 Mbps||8||$0.82 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +499.3 Mbps )||17 ( +9 )||$0.48 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( +113.7 Mbps )||17 ( +9 )||$0.28 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( +125.5 Mbps )||15 ( +7 )||$0.32 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( +134.4 Mbps )||23 ( +15 )||$0.31 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( +127 Mbps )||8||$0.66 ( $0.00 )|