Best Ames Internet Service Providers
Broadband is defined as internet service with a minimum download speed of 25 Mbps. There are 7 choices for service in Ames, IA that meet this minimum speed threshold. Of course, many households will find this minimum speed is not sufficient for their needs, especially if they often have multiple downloads occurring simultaneously.
We aim to help you find the best choice when shopping for high speed internet service in Ames by using our ranking algorithm that takes into consideration the upload speed, download speed, coverage area and overall value. A summary of our results is as follows:
|Rank||Provider||Tech||Max Download Speed||Max Upload Speed||Availability|
|1||Mediacom||Cable||1000 Mbps||50 Mbps||98.2%|
|2||CenturyLink||DSL, Fiber||940 Mbps||940 Mbps||45.3%|
|3||ICS Advanced Technologies||DSL, Fiber, wireless||1000 Mbps||1000 Mbps||28.8%|
|4||ViaSat||Satellite||100 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
|5||HughesNet||Satellite||25 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
|6||Rise Broadband||wireless||25 Mbps||5 Mbps||25.7%|
|7||BTWI||wireless||30 Mbps||10 Mbps||17.3%|
Ames IA Internet Access Options
More internet service competition in a city encourages providers to continue to build out and improve their network in addition to keeping prices fair.
The following represents the percentage of population in Ames which have access to at least two internet service providers with a particular internet access speed:
Broadband Internet Speeds
How does the average download speed for broadband internet in Ames compare to Story County? The average speed in Ames is 46.65 Mbps which is faster than Story County overall.
On a statewide basis this download speed is faster than the Iowa average of 28.88 Mbps.
Ames Internet Access Facts
Cable internet is available to 98.8% of the Ames population
Fiber optic internet is available to 75.8% of Story County residents
DSL internet is available to 80.3% of Ames residents
There are 7 residential internet providers in Ames, IA providing service to at least 15% of the city
The average download speed in Ames is 61.5% faster than the average in Iowa and 44% faster than the national average of 32.4 Mbps
DSL internet is available to 47.6% of the Story County population
Internet Access Technologies
DSL, Cable, Fiber and Fixed Wireless are four common types of technology used to provide internet access. The following chart shows the percentage of Ames residents who have access to each of these technology types.
Internet Service FAQs
Who has the best internet service near me?
Our proprietary algorithm that takes into consideration download speed, upload speed, availability and overall value ranks Mediacom as the top provider for Ames, Iowa.
How do the internet speeds in Ames compare to other cities in Iowa?
How many broadband service providers are there near me?
Currently there are 7 companies that provide internet service to at least 15% of Ames, IA residents.
What is cable internet service?
Cable internet service streams data through the same coaxial cables used for cable television. In nearly all instances cable internet will be faster than DSL. Cable internet is available to nearly 90% of Americans but does not have as much coverage in remote areas as DSL.
What is Mbps?
Mbps is an abbreviation for Megabits Per Second and represents the rate of data transmission. A larger value for download Mbps or upload Mbps means a file will take less time to be sent than it will with an internet connection with a lower Mbps.
What download speed do I need to stream movies?
For HD movies and shows Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu all recommend a minimum of 5 Mbps. Streaming 4K/UHD content requires a minimum of 25 Mbps for Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu.
What locations were used in calculating broadband internet coverage for Ames, Iowa?
The following zip codes were used: 50010, 50011, 50012, 50013 and 50014
Who has the fastest internet service in Ames?
Mediacom and ICS Advanced Technologies with a download speed of 1000 Mbps provide the fastest internet service in Ames.
Ames Cable TV, Satellite TV and Streaming Services
Our ranking of internet service plans can make choosing a new provider fairly easy. Selecting a TV provider is more difficult as additional variables are involved. If you are a heavy TV viewer and/or watch in multiple rooms at the same time, a traditional cable TV package or satellite TV provider may be the best option for you. However, if you live in a rental property or a heavily wooded area, satellite TV may not be a viable option. Streaming TV packages can be a good option for many, especially if your internet plan does not have a data limit. Read through the pros and cons of the various TV packages available to you and chose the best match to your viewing needs.
- 170+ channels
- TiVo integrated search
- 3 video package tiers
- Watch live TV or recordings from your mobile device with the Xtream TV app
- 290+ channels
- Satellite coverage virtually anywhere
- 4 video package tiers
- Access to apps, Google assistant and 2000 hour smart DVR
- 85+ channels
- Unlimited cloud DVR
- Local network coverage
- Sports plus, Spanish plus and premium movie add-ons
- 140+ channels
- Unlimited cloud DVR
- Local network and sports coverage
- Unlimited streams in-home. TV to go with the DIRECTV app