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Overview of internet satisfaction and availability in Iowa

Mediacom and CenturyLink are the largest wired internet providers in Iowa. Mediacom provides cable internet, while CenturyLink has mostly DSL internet and some fiber-to-the-home internet service. Windstream also has DSL internet and fiber, but they're far less available than CenturyLink. If you can't get a wired connection, UScellular is the largest fixed wireless provider in the state, followed by T-Mobile, Nextlink, and Rise Broadband. HughesNet, SpaceX, and Viasat have you covered with satellite internet.

Internet providers received an average satisfaction rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars from customers in Iowa.

That ranks Iowa 33rd nationwide for internet customer satisfaction.

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Internet customer satisfaction in Iowa

 3.7/5 average customer satisfaction rating
 33rd national ranking for customer satisfaction

$75.86 average price per payment for internet, per household

92.1% of the time, advertised speeds meet household needs

3.6/5 average customer service rating of internet services

3.7/5 average reliability rating of services state-wide

3,174,426 people

2.41 average people per household

$65,876 average income per household

43 average age per household

63% of population employed


4% higher than national average

Ranked 13th nationally


8% higher than national average

Ranked 29th nationally


12% higher than national average

Ranked 36th nationally


6% higher than national average

Ranked 15th nationally

Average download speed
102.7 Mbps

23.44% lower than national average
Ranks 43rd nationally

Average upload speed
60.4 Mbps

9.87% lower than national average
Ranks 19th nationally
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Fastest internet providers in Iowa

Provider Avg download speed Avg upload speed Availability Order online
Google Fiber 200.37 Mbps 178.22 Mbps 59.25% View Plans for Google Fiber
Cox Communications 184.99 Mbps 17.46 Mbps 95.73% View Plans for Cox Communications
MetroNet 181.7 Mbps 179.48 Mbps 52.22% View Plans for MetroNet
Xtream Powered by Mediacom 169.17 Mbps 29.57 Mbps 74.1% View Plans for Xtream Powered by Mediacom
Cedar Falls Utilities 148.33 Mbps 150.95 Mbps 94.95% View Plans for Cedar Falls Utilities
98% of people in Iowa have access to 100Mbps or faster broadband, ranking 35th nationally.

Internet by tech type

Internet tech type Avg download speed % of people with access % availability Learn more
5G Home 245 Mbps 93.43% 80.75% See all providers for 5G Home
Cable 912.86 Mbps 87.57% 77.52% See all providers for Cable
DSL 658.9 Mbps 72.74% 83.32% See all providers for DSL
Fiber 708.13 Mbps 80.53% 69.68% See all providers for Fiber
Fixed Wireless 115.12 Mbps 82.85% 78.01% See all providers for Fixed Wireless
Satellite 124.55 Mbps 96.43% 98.26% See all providers for Satellite

Best cities for internet in Iowa

Cities in Iowa with the fastest internet

City Avg download speed Avg upload speed Fiber availability Fastest provider
Clinton 197.99 Mbps 35.55 Mbps 11% Xtream Powered by Mediacom
Ankeny 192.29 Mbps 122.3 Mbps 54% MetroNet
Altoona 177.75 Mbps 54.1 Mbps 71% Xtream Powered by Mediacom
Coralville 162.88 Mbps 91.97 Mbps 50% MetroNet
Waterloo 161.01 Mbps 37.48 Mbps 90% MetroNet
Cedar Falls 156.64 Mbps 147.58 Mbps 95% Cedar Falls Utilities
Council Bluffs 151.54 Mbps 91.61 Mbps 75% Cox Communications
Mason City 150.11 Mbps 55.53 Mbps 2% MetroNet

Clinton is the best city in Iowa for internet, shooting to the top of the list thanks to a combination of record-setting average download speeds, wide fiber-optic internet availability, and the presence of a reliable and well-rated internet provider. Ankeny and Altoona also earn top rankings, according to our data.

The most connected cities in Iowa

City Population Percent with access to high speed internet Percent with access to fiber internet Percent with access to 3+ providers
Des Moines 213,164 100% 100% 100%
Cedar Rapids 136,929 100% 100% 100%
Sioux City 85,469 100% 100% 100%
Dubuque 59,315 100% 100% 100%
Davenport 101,448 100% 55% 100%
Urbandale 45,591 100% 100% 100%
Waterloo 67,256 100% 65% 100%
West Des Moines 68,744 100% 100% 100%

Des Moines is the most internet-connected city in Iowa. Des Moines makes it to the top of the list due to the high number of its residents who have access not only to high-speed internet, but also to fiber internet specifically. A large number of Des Moines's residents also have access to three or more internet providers—an uncommon number of options compared to the rest of the state. Cedar Rapids and Sioux City also make it to the top of our list.

Top cities in Iowa

Des Moines

Population: 213,164

Median income: $66,128

110.01 Mbps
avg. download speed

83.1 Mbps
avg. upload speed

100% have access to high speed internet

100% have access to fiber internet

100% have access to 3 or more providers

Fastest ISP

Cedar Rapids

Population: 136,929

Median income: $76,325

117.41 Mbps
avg. download speed

35.16 Mbps
avg. upload speed

100% have access to high speed internet

100% have access to fiber internet

100% have access to 3 or more providers

Fastest ISP
ATC Communications


Population: 101,448

Median income: $55,790

105.81 Mbps
avg. download speed

106.95 Mbps
avg. upload speed

100% have access to high speed internet

54.66% have access to fiber internet

100% have access to 3 or more providers

Fastest ISP

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Methodology relies on proprietary and exclusive data to analyze the customer and provider trends presented on this page. We analyze millions of results from our speed test tool to determine average statewide speeds, fastest speeds, and availability. Our annual customer satisfaction survey provides us with data for developing the satisfaction rating. We also draw from data provided to us directly by internet providers to determine available tech types and average speeds.

Iowa FAQs

What are the best internet providers in Iowa?

T-Mobile is the best internet provider in Iowa based on feedback in our annual customer satisfaction survey. It outranks CenturyLink, Mediacom, and Windstream in every category from speed satisfaction to customer service. The other three ranks in the bottom half of nearly every category except for CenturyLink, which ranks fifth out of 15 internet providers in price satisfaction.

Where can I get fiber internet in Iowa?

CenturyLink and Windstream offer fiber internet in scattered areas across Iowa. You'll mostly find fiber service around Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Iowa city, Mason City, and Sioux City.

What are the fastest internet providers in Iowa?

The fastest internet provider is Windstream. We found its 2,000Mbps fiber internet in Newton, while the fastest fiber internet we could find from CenturyLink is 940Mbps. Mediacom's cable internet download speeds max out at 1,000Mbps, but the upload speeds are much slower at 50Mbps.

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