Iowa City, IA High Speed Internet Service

Broadband is defined as internet service with a minimum download speed of 25 Mbps. There are 6 choices for service in Iowa City, 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 Iowa City 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 Mbps98.3%
2CenturyLinkDSL, Fiber940 Mbps940 Mbps65.9%
3ImOn CommunicationsFiber1000 Mbps500 Mbps23.9%
4Rise Broadbandwireless50 Mbps10 Mbps100.0%
5ViaSatSatellite100 Mbps3 Mbps100%
6HughesNetSatellite25 Mbps3 Mbps100%
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Iowa City IA Internet Access Options

When it comes to high speed internet availability, download speeds and overall customer satisfaction, cities with more than a single provider more often than not lead in all of these categories.
Does Iowa City have more than a single option at 25 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 250 Mbps and 1000 Mbps? The diagram below shows a summary:

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Broadband Internet Speeds

For most users, the average download speed of their internet service is more important than their upload speed. However, upload speed plays at least some role for all users.
Average upload speeds in Iowa City of 10.99 Mbps are faster than the Johnson County upload speeds and faster than the statewide average for Iowa.

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Iowa City Internet Access Facts

  • There are 6 residential internet providers in Iowa City, IA providing service to at least 15% of the city

  • The average download speed in Iowa City is 16.1% faster than the average in Iowa and 3.5% faster than the national average of 32.4 Mbps

  • DSL internet is available to 62.6% of the Johnson County population

  • The average internet download speed in Iowa City is 33.53 Mbps based upon 249280 measurements taken in the last 12 months

  • Cable internet is available to 96.6% of the Iowa City population

  • Fiber optic internet is available to 42.3% of Iowa City residents

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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 Iowa City 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 Iowa City, Iowa.

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

Click through to see how the Iowa City broadband speeds compare to these other cities throughout the state: Anamosa, Audubon, Farley, Humboldt, Lamoni, Tiffin, Van Meter

How many broadband service providers are there near me?

Currently there are 6 companies that provide internet service to at least 15% of Iowa City, 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 Iowa City, Iowa?

The following zip codes were used: 52240, 52242, 52243, 52244, 52245 and 52246

Who has the fastest internet service in Iowa City?

Mediacom and ImOn Communications with a download speed of 1000 Mbps provide the fastest internet service in Iowa City.




Iowa City 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.


Mediacom

  • 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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DISH

  • 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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fuboTV

  • 180+ channels
  • 1000 hours of cloud DVR
  • Local network coverage
  • Extensive sports coverage plus sports add-on packages
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