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Internet providers in Ames, IA

1. T-Mobile Home Internet
79% available in Ames
Connection:
5G Home
Download speeds up to
245Mbps

Order online and get a $200 prepaid Mastercard when you switch to T-Mobile Home Internet.

2. Mediacom
91% available in Ames
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

Limited time offer: $100 credit on all internet packages. See terms for more info.

3. CenturyLink
37% available in Ames
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
100Mbps

Order online, Fiber Internet up to 100 Mbps for $55/mo

4. Nextlink Internet
20% available in Ames
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
5. Hughesnet
99% available in Ames
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
100Mbps

User Rating(417)

New customers get $25 off per month their first year. Terms apply.

6. Viasat
99% available in Ames
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
150Mbps
7. Central Iowa Broadband
2% available in Ames
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
8. TDS Telecom
5% available in Ames
Connection:
Cable, DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
9. Colo Telephone Company
50% available in Ames
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
10. MidIowa Net
96% available in Ames
Connection:
DSL & Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
12Mbps
1. Mediacom
91% available in Ames
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

Limited time offer: $100 credit on all internet packages. See terms for more info.

2. Nextlink Internet
20% available in Ames
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
3. Hughesnet
99% available in Ames
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
100Mbps

User Rating(417)

New customers get $25 off per month their first year. Terms apply.

4. Viasat
99% available in Ames
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
150Mbps
5. Ooma
50% available in Ames
Ooma
Connection:
Wireless LTE
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
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6. Central Iowa Broadband
2% available in Ames
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
7. TDS Telecom
5% available in Ames
Connection:
Cable, DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
8. Colo Telephone Company
50% available in Ames
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
9. MidIowa Net
96% available in Ames
Connection:
DSL & Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
12Mbps
1. Mint
Available in Ames
Connection:
Mobile
Mint
4GLTE Speeds may vary

User Rating
2. Visible
Available in Ames
Connection:
Mobile
Visible
4GLTE Speeds may vary

User Rating
3. Verizon Wireless
80% available in Ames
Connection:
Mobile
Verizon Wireless
4GLTE Speeds may vary

User Rating
4. AT&T Wireless
80% available in Ames
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T Wireless
4GLTE Speeds may vary

User Rating

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0–5 Mbps

Works for:

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  • Streaming music on one device
  • Searching on Google

5–40 Mbps

Works for:

  • Streaming video on one device
  • Video calling with Skype or FaceTime
  • Online gaming for one player

40–100 Mbps

Works for:

  • Streaming HD video on a few devices
  • Multiplayer online gaming
  • Downloading large files

100–500 Mbps

Works for:

  • Streaming video in UHD on multiple screens
  • Downloading files quickly
  • Gaming online for multiple players

500–1,000+ Mbps

Works for:

  • Doing a lot of almost anything

Internet in Ames

Moving towns or switching internet providers can be confusing and stressful. Comparing internet providers against the averages in the Ames area can help you choose the right internet and get back to your life.

Average starting price
$62.04/mo

Average speed
142 Mbps

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Ames Residential Internet Coverage

Home of the Ames Municipal Airport, the city of Ames is an important transportation hub for Iowa. Whether you live, work, or travel in this area, the city's variety of internet service providers are a major benefit for you.

Through CenturyLink, the entire city of Ames has steady access to internet at a variety of speeds. The CenturyLink network is expansive, reaching areas like downtown in the north, Duff Avenue in the south, Ontario in the west, and Airport Road in the east.

Another major internet service provider in Ames is Windstream. Service is accessible in almost all of Ames, excluding a small area near Iowa State University.

Mediacom also has plenty to offer Ames residents. Through Mediacom, each of the city's primary neighborhoods enjoys high-speed internet service.

Through MidIowa Net, Ames and several neighboring communities get the full benefit of a reliable network. The network reaches the whole city and extends to communities in the north, south, and east.

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Average download speed
142.04 Mbps

Average upload speed
110.44 Mbps

Average latency (ping)
27.44 ms

Average jitter
24.96 ms

 

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Internet Provider Availability Map

Learn more about T-Mobile Home Internet

Learn more about Mediacom

Learn more about CenturyLink

Learn more about Nextlink Internet

Learn more about Hughesnet

Learn more about Viasat

Learn more about Central Iowa Broadband

Learn more about TDS Telecom

Learn more about Colo Telephone Company

Learn more about MidIowa Net

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Summary of Ames internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User rating Order online
T-Mobile Home Internet 5G Home 245 Mbps 4.0/5 View Plans for T-Mobile Home Internet
Mediacom Cable 1000 Mbps 3.5/5 View Plans for Mediacom
CenturyLink DSL 100 Mbps 3.4/5 View Plans for CenturyLink
Nextlink Internet Fixed Wireless 100 Mbps 3.5/5 View Plans for Nextlink Internet
Hughesnet Satellite 100 Mbps 3/5 View Plans for Hughesnet
Viasat Satellite 150 Mbps 3/5 View Plans for Viasat
Central Iowa Broadband Fiber 1000 Mbps N/A View Plans for Central Iowa Broadband
TDS Telecom Cable, DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline 1000 Mbps 2.0/5 View Plans for TDS Telecom
Colo Telephone Company Fiber 1000 Mbps N/A View Plans for Colo Telephone Company
MidIowa Net DSL & Fixed Wireless 12 Mbps N/A View Plans for MidIowa Net

Availability and speeds displayed are not guaranteed and are subject to change.

Technology Type

DSL:

DSL provides internet service via phone cables and is up to ten times faster than dial-up service.

Cable:

Cable provides internet speeds faster than DSL through the same cables used for cable TV.

Satellite:

Satellite internet is widely available, but offers slower speeds due to a far-traveling signal.

Fiber:

Fiber relies on glass strands to relay digital code and is much faster than both DSL and cable.

Customer reviews of internet providers in Ames

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on internet providers in Ames.

Astrea

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Robert B | 09-19-2023

Reliability sucks. I've had multiple service outages this summer. Techs have been to my house 3 times and still have service outages. I live part of year 450 miles from the Summit Lake Wisconsin address so cant always reset my router when the system fails. Im looking for another ISP.

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CenturyLink

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Kim H | 03-07-2023

Out of service again. A week and a half and another week and a half maybe more to repair THEIR crappy equipment. Dec 22 out two weeks. June out several times over the month. Feb 23 out three weeks again. No one seems to care. Repair techs say its fixed and never check to see if in fact it is fixed. Looking for different service. I cant provide medical care to patients without telephone, and can’t afford to retire.

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CenturyLink

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Ashley H | 08-03-2021

We set up our service far in advance to ensure that we have internet to do our school work. Centurylink did not come during there scheduled time. I have been trying to get ahold of them to fix this issue and keep getting transferred or told to call other numbers and can’t actually get someone to talk to. I tried to go to three different locations in my town one of which was no longer there, one did not help customers, the last also had moved and had a new address on the door so I went to the new address and it was a completely different business. Needless to say I am going to find a new provider.

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AT&T

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Samuel L | 01-01-2019

They are horrible. We’ve tried to unlock our phones after paying it off and after FOUR DAYS even though it said 24-48 hours, they still haven’t processed our request. The money’s already been taken but they still won’t let us do it. They told us it’d be done in two days four days ago and after that they said it’d be done on January 1st and that’s today. Today? Nothing. “Wait until tomorrow.” They said.

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Astrea

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Robert B | 09-19-2023

Reliability sucks. I've had multiple service outages this summer. Techs have been to my house 3 times and still have service outages. I live part of year 450 miles from the Summit Lake Wisconsin address so cant always reset my router when the system fails. Im looking for another ISP.

Was this review helpful? Yes 5 No 2

CenturyLink

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Kim H | 03-07-2023

Out of service again. A week and a half and another week and a half maybe more to repair THEIR crappy equipment. Dec 22 out two weeks. June out several times over the month. Feb 23 out three weeks again. No one seems to care. Repair techs say its fixed and never check to see if in fact it is fixed. Looking for different service. I cant provide medical care to patients without telephone, and can’t afford to retire.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2 No 0

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