Internet Service Providers in Waterloo, Nebraska

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Residential Internet Statistics for Waterloo, NE
Wired Internet Providers: 3
Average Speed Test Result: 26.15 Mbps
Top Advertised Speed: 1,000 Mbps
No Broadband Access: 9.93%

Internet Access in Waterloo, Nebraska

The Internet availability data on this page is calculated from governmental data submissions. Then, we ensure the data is scrubbed for issues against privatized lit address files. We've processed 2,777 rows of FCC and privatized data catalogues on broadband availability within the Waterloo area. Our research team has manually collected pricing for 369 broadband plans in Waterloo. There is currently a lack of meaningful speed test information for Waterloo — 129 IP-verifiable records in the last 12 month period. Shoppers should look to providers' advertised plan speeds shown above for Internet providers like Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) or HughesNet.

So far as availability, the average Waterloo home will find 3-4 companies at a given address. Only 20.29 percent of the Waterloo population are limited to one choice for residential Internet service.

Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) is the most commonly available option for Waterloo residents. near one hundred percent of Waterloo census blocks can get Internet service from them. HughesNet is also a common option, with coverage in close to one hundred percent of Waterloo with predominantly Satellite service. HughesNet's fastest plan for Waterloo is 25 Mbps download.

Considering network technologies with significant infrastructure built within Waterloo, the most common hardwired broadband Internet tech infrastructures are DSL and Fiber, with 96.13% and 15.25% respectively. Fiber is built on newer, more modern fiber-optic transmission lines made of tiny, thin glass strands that can deliver Internet data using light. Fiber outputs better speed and performance, but may switch to coaxial wires in the "last mile" near a subscriber. As a result, not all fiber connections offer true "gigabit" performance. Phone providers usually offer DSL Internet, because DSL, or "Digital Subscriber Line," sends digital data over phone lines. DSL underperforms when compared with all other wired Internet services.

While the main providers are Viasat and HughesNet, CenturyLink also serves Waterloo with a maximum speed of 100 Mbps. Fixed wireless providers like Future Technologies can connect their customers to as much as 100 Mbps using direct wireless hardware. There are 3 providers in Waterloo offering enterprise service like T1 and MPLS. See the interactive map on this page to compare how many options are available at the census block level, or the "Download Speeds" tab to see how Viasat compares with other Waterloo options in consumer speed tests.

  • There are 12 internet providers in Waterloo with 7 of those offering residential service
  • Waterloo is the 255th most connected city in Nebraska ahead of Valley and Yutan, but behind Elkhorn, Bennington, and Gretna.

Internet Statistics 2021

500 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.

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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Waterloo, Nebraska

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Cox Communications 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
CenturyLink 940 Mbps DSL and Fiber 8s
Rise Broadband 100 Mbps Fixed Wireless 1m 21s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Waterloo, Nebraska

  • CenturyLink - 96.1% Availability in Waterloo - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Rise Broadband - 94.7% Availability in Waterloo - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Cox - 71.6% Availability in Waterloo - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Waterloo - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Waterloo - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Waterloo

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Waterloo is the 255th most connected city in Nebraska ahead of Valley and Yutan, but behind Elkhorn, Bennington, and Gretna.

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

Approximately 3,000 people in Douglas 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: 9% of people living in Waterloo 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 80% of Waterloo 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 Douglas 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.

Data Caps in Waterloo

Internet providers have moved to increase the use of data "plans" to their residential broadband plans in recent years. The trend is certainly true for the Waterloo market, with common Internet choices such as Cox featuring plans with data caps. It's not a large issue for most customers, but it might be an issue for users who share their service or "power users" who upload a large amount of HD or 4K content. Data caps for cable plans tend to be in the neighborhood of one Terabyte, which is way more than is used by 99% of customers, according to reports from Comcast. Cox Communications customers are advised to confirm data caps before signing up, and not presume them based soley on phone rep statements.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Waterloo

Provider Type Coverage Speed
CenturyLink DSL and Fiber 96.1%+ 940 Mbps
Future Technologies Fixed Wireless 100% 100 Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 94.7%+ 100 Mbps
Cox Communications Cable 71.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 98.5%+ 100 Mbps
CenturyLink Business DSL and Fiber 100% 940 Mbps
Unite Private Networks Fiber 29.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
Cox Business Cable 3.7%+ 1,000 Mbps

Compare Waterloo to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Waterloo 26.2 Mbps 7 $0.82 ( + $0.00 )
New York 349.1 Mbps ( +322.9 Mbps ) 15 ( +8 ) $0.46 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 107.1 Mbps ( +80.9 Mbps ) 18 ( +11 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 99.7 Mbps ( +73.5 Mbps ) 15 ( +8 ) $0.29 ( $0.00 )
Houston 111.7 Mbps ( +85.5 Mbps ) 21 ( +14 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 115.3 Mbps ( +89.1 Mbps ) 9 ( +2 ) $0.34 ( $0.00 )