Harlan, IA High Speed Internet Service

Broadband is defined as internet service with a minimum download speed of 25 Mbps. There are 7 choices for service in Harlan, 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 Harlan 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
1MediacomCable1000 Mbps50 Mbps96.6%
2Harlan Municipal UtilitiesCable, Fiber300 Mbps300 Mbps95.0%
3WindstreamCable, DSL300 Mbps300 Mbps91.7%
4Farmers Mutual-HarlanDSL, Fiber300 Mbps55 Mbps88.5%
5Future Technologieswireless25 Mbps5 Mbps100.0%
6ViaSatSatellite100 Mbps3 Mbps100%
7HughesNetSatellite25 Mbps3 Mbps100%

Harlan IA Internet Access Options

Studies have shown that the competition from having two or more broadband internet providers in a community leads to lower prices and better overall service.
The chart below graphs the segment of the population which has a choice of internet providers at four different ranges of download speeds.


Broadband Internet Speeds

How does the average download speed for broadband internet in Harlan compare to Shelby County? The average speed in Harlan is 37.33 Mbps which is faster than Shelby County overall.
On a statewide basis this download speed is faster than the Iowa average of 28.88 Mbps.


Harlan Internet Access Facts

  • The average upload speed in Harlan is 17.6 Mbps. This is 95.8% faster than the average in Iowa and 51.7% faster than the national average of 11.56 Mbps

  • The average download speed in Harlan is 98.7% faster than the Shelby County average and 15.2% faster than the national average of 32.4 Mbps

  • The average upload speed in Harlan is 17.6 Mbps. This is 245.1% faster than the Shelby County average and 51.7% faster than the national average of 11.56 Mbps

  • Cable internet is available to 41.5% of Shelby County residents

  • Fiber optic internet is available to 90.5% of Shelby County residents

  • The average internet download speed in Shelby County is 18.79 Mbps based upon 34496 samples taken in the past year


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 Harlan 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 Harlan, Iowa.

Who has the fastest internet service in Harlan?

Mediacom with a download speed of 1000 Mbps provides the fastest internet service in Harlan.

What locations were used in calculating broadband internet coverage for Harlan, Iowa?

The following zip codes were used: 51537 and 51593

What is fiber internet service?

Fiber internet service transmits data by sending pulses of light over thin glass fiber optic cable. In most cases fiber internet service download speeds will be faster than cable or DSL, however, fiber service is limited with less than half of Americans living in an area with fiber coverage.

What internet download speed do I need?

Consider the following general rules of thumb when determining the download speed you need for your new Harlan internet service.

Speed Devices Typical Usage
25+ Mbps1-2 devicesWeb browsing
Music streaming
HD video streaming
100+ Mbps3-5 devicesVideo conferencing
4K video streaming
Online gaming
1000+ Mbps6+ devicesMultiple video or 4K streams
Zero latency gaming

How do the internet speeds in Harlan compare to other cities in Iowa?

Click through to see how the Harlan broadband speeds compare to these other cities throughout the state: Alta, Boone, Eldon, Lake Panorama, Mount Vernon, Moville, Polk City

Is there fiber internet service near me?

Yes, there are fiber internet providers in Harlan - Harlan Municipal Utilities and Farmers Mutual-Harlan.

What is DSL internet service?

DSL provides internet service via phone lines but at speeds typically 100x or more than old fashioned dial-up service over those same phone lines. Download speeds are typically slower than cable, but DSL is more likely to be available in a remote location than cable.

Which internet service provider offers the most coverage in Harlan, Iowa?

Future Technologies provides broadband internet service to 100.0% of Harlan.

Harlan 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
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  • 290+ channels
  • Satellite coverage virtually anywhere
  • 4 video package tiers
  • Access to apps, Google assistant and 2000 hour smart DVR
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Hulu Live TV

  • 75+ channels
  • Access to premium Hulu originals
  • Includes Disney+ and ESPN+
  • 2 simultaneous streams supported on a broad array of devices
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YouTube TV

  • 85+ channels
  • Unlimited cloud DVR
  • Local network coverage
  • Sports plus, Spanish plus and premium movie add-ons
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DIRECTV stream

  • 140+ channels
  • Unlimited cloud DVR
  • Local network and sports coverage
  • Unlimited streams in-home. TV to go with the DIRECTV app
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  • 180+ channels
  • 1000 hours of cloud DVR
  • Local network coverage
  • Extensive sports coverage plus sports add-on packages
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