Waterloo, Iowa Broadband Internet Service
Broadband is defined as internet service with a minimum download speed of 25 Mbps. There are 7 choices for service in Waterloo, 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 Waterloo 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||99.5%|
|2||CenturyLink||DSL, Fiber||940 Mbps||940 Mbps||30.3%|
|3||Rise Broadband||wireless||25 Mbps||5 Mbps||100.0%|
|4||Eastlight||wireless||25 Mbps||13 Mbps||91.7%|
|5||LTD Broadband||wireless||250 Mbps||250 Mbps||45.4%|
|6||ViaSat||Satellite||100 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
|7||HughesNet||Satellite||25 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
Waterloo 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 Waterloo have more than a single option at 25 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 250 Mbps and 1000 Mbps? The diagram below shows a summary:
Broadband Internet Speeds
How does the average download speed for broadband internet in Waterloo compare to Black Hawk County? The average speed in Waterloo is 31.09 Mbps which is faster than Black Hawk County overall.
On a statewide basis this download speed is faster than the Iowa average of 28.88 Mbps.
Waterloo Internet Access Facts
The average download speed in Waterloo is 14.9% faster than the Black Hawk County average and 4% slower than the national average of 32.4 Mbps
The average upload speed in Waterloo is 5.18 Mbps. This is 44.1% slower than the Black Hawk County average and 55.3% slower than the national average of 11.56 Mbps
Cable internet is available to 91.7% of Black Hawk County residents
Fiber optic internet is available to 37.1% of Black Hawk County residents
The average internet download speed in Black Hawk County is 27.07 Mbps based upon 225784 samples taken in the past year
The average download speed in Waterloo is 7.7% faster than the average in Iowa and 4% slower than the national average of 32.4 Mbps
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 Waterloo 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 Waterloo, Iowa.
Who has the fastest internet service in Waterloo?
Mediacom with a download speed of 1000 Mbps provides the fastest internet service in Waterloo.
What locations were used in calculating broadband internet coverage for Waterloo, Iowa?
The following zip codes were used: 50613, 50701, 50702, 50703, 50704, 50706 and 50707
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 Waterloo internet service.
|25+ Mbps||1-2 devices||Web browsing|
HD video streaming
|100+ Mbps||3-5 devices||Video conferencing|
4K video streaming
|1000+ Mbps||6+ devices||Multiple video or 4K streams|
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How do the internet speeds in Waterloo compare to other cities in Iowa?
Is there fiber internet service near me?
Yes, there is 1 fiber internet provider in Waterloo - CenturyLink.
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 Waterloo, Iowa?
Rise Broadband provides broadband internet service to 100.0% of Waterloo.
Waterloo 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