Internet Providers in Ames, NE

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Residential Internet Statistics for Ames, NE
Internet Providers: 15
Internet Plans: 7
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $64.42

Internet Access in Ames, Nebraska

DSL service is the only wired broadband network choice with a meaningful level of coverage within Ames. According to our latest data pull, it can be accessed by approximately 63.64 percent of the local population. DSL Internet service reaches subscribers by telephone wires. This is why DSL often is provided by phone companies, such as CenturyLink.

There's a strong amount of competition between companies within Ames. However, 300 residents are still without service from multiple providers. If these residents aren't satisfied by the quality of service, they have to use a low-speed wireless option. However, this issue isn't widespread in Ames. The majority of households have 4-5 Internet options.

Coverage from the two biggest providers, Viasat Internet and HughesNet, in most cases, will overlap. As you might expect, the choice between Viasat and HughesNet is a common one.

The packages displayed above are manually collected by our data science staff.

Outside of the Internet options listed above, Rise Broadband provides a third choice for Internet in 67 percent of the Ames area. Fixed wireless providers such as Affordable Internet Solutions are also worth looking at. However, the incumbent wired providers usually offer a better value so far as speed and pricing.

Internet Statistics 2021

300 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 Ames, Nebraska

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Spectrum 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
Viasat Internet 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
Great Plains Communications 100 Mbps Fiber 1m 21s
CenturyLink 80 Mbps DSL 1m 42s
Rise Broadband 50 Mbps Fixed Wireless 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit 940 Mbps Fiber 8s
Great Plains Communications 15 Mbps DSL 9m 6s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Ames, Nebraska

  • Rise Broadband - Fixed Wireless - 67.3% Availability in Ames - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • CenturyLink - DSL - 59.4% Availability in Ames - Speeds up to 80 Mbps
  • Spectrum - Cable - 33.1% Availability in Ames - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Great Plains - DSL - 4.3% Availability in Ames - Speeds up to 15 Mbps
  • Great Plains - Fiber - 12.0% Availability in Ames - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit - Fiber - 4.5% Availability in Ames - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Ames - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Ames - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Ames

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Ames is the 25th most connected city in Nebraska ahead of North Bend, Wahoo, Fremont, Hooper, and Arlington.

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

Approximately 1,000 people in Dodge 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: 17% of people living in Ames 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 35% of Ames 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 Dodge 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.

Data Cap Issues and Cord Cutting Around Ames

Data from our market research team suggests that some of the common providers in Ames use data caps for their home broadband connections. Data caps are controversial since consumers view them as a tactic for limiting streaming services. Providers insist caps are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage network traffic. In either case, the culprit is the same: streaming video, which easily eats up 1–7GB/hr.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Ames

Provider Type Coverage Speed
Affordable Internet Solutions Fixed Wireless 100% 100 Mbps
Future Technologies Fixed Wireless 100% 100 Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 67.3%+ 50 Mbps
CenturyLink DSL 59.4%+ 80 Mbps
LTD Broadband Fixed Wireless 41.4%+ 100 Mbps
Spectrum Cable 33.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
Great Plains Communications DSL 4.3%+ 15 Mbps
Great Plains Communications Fiber 12.0%+ 100 Mbps
CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit Fiber 4.5%+ 940 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 100% 100 Mbps
CenturyLink Business DSL 100% 80 Mbps
LTD Broadband Fixed Wireless 100% 100 Mbps
Great Plains Communications Fiber 91.7%+ 100 Mbps
Spectrum Business Cable 17.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Fiber 0.3%+ 940 Mbps

Compare Ames to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Ames 5.2 Mbps 11 $0.77 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +410.2 Mbps ) 15 ( +4 ) $0.54 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( +113.7 Mbps ) 17 ( +6 ) $0.23 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( +111 Mbps ) 14 ( +3 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( +122.2 Mbps ) 23 ( +12 ) $0.24 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( +122.4 Mbps ) 8 ( -3 ) $0.34 ( $0.00 )