Internet providers in Altoona, IA

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Altoona internet service at a glance

At 100%, broadband coverage in Altoona is comparable to the rest of Iowa - 96%, and comparable to broadband coverage across the U.S. - 95%.

The vast majority of those living in the Altoona area will have access to DSL, which covers 100% of Altoona residents. Cable internet is also an option for many, offering service to 100% of the area. Fiber-optic is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 19% of those living in Altoona.

There are seven internet providers serving the Altoona area, and 99.32% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Altoona's seven internet providers, prices start at $19.99 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

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Top high-speed internet providers in Altoona

The largest internet providers in Altoona are CenturyLink and Mediacom bringing DSL, fiber-optic, and cable options to Altoona.

DSL internet from CenturyLink is available to nearly all Altoona residents, covering 88% of households. Some will also have the option of fiber-optic from CenturyLink, which covers 19% of the area. Altoona’s third most-available internet provider, Mediacom, offers cable to around 100% of Altoona residents.

CenturyLink DSL internet

Provider
CenturyLink
Starting price*
$49/mo.
Max download speed

140 Mbps

Max upload speed

40 Mbps

Average availability

88%

DSL from CenturyLink offers broadband to nearly all households in Altoona covering 88% of the area.

DSL internet from CenturyLink uses telephone lines in Altoona to deliver service, which often leads to lower prices and higher availability, though download speeds are likely to be slower than cable or fiber-optic internet.

Internet prices for CenturyLink start at $49/mo.*, which is higher than the average starting price for internet in Altoona, $41.79.

CenturyLink customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 12 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $4.08 per Mbps, higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Altoona, $1.90.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, CenturyLink offers download speeds up to 140 Mbps and upload speeds up to 40 Mbps in Altoona. These download speeds are available to 88% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Altoona's providers, 439 Mbps.

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CenturyLink fiber-optic internet

Provider
CenturyLink
Starting price*
$49/mo.
Max download speed

1,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

1,000 Mbps

Average availability

19%

Fiber-optic from CenturyLink offers broadband to a limited number of households in Altoona covering 19% of the area.

Fiber-optic service from CenturyLink is popular for its fast download and upload speeds, even during peak usage times, but may be less available throughout Altoona than other internet types.

Internet prices for CenturyLink start at $49/mo.*, which is higher than the average starting price for internet in Altoona, $41.79.

CenturyLink customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 12 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $4.08 per Mbps, higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Altoona, $1.90.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, CenturyLink offers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1,000 Mbps in Altoona. These download speeds are available to 19% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Altoona's providers, 439 Mbps.

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Mediacom cable internet

Provider
Mediacom
Starting price*
$19.99/mo.
Max download speed

1,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

50 Mbps

Average availability

100%

Cable from Mediacom offers broadband to all households in Altoona covering 100% of the area.

Mediacom’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Altoona residents in densely populated areas may experience slowed speeds during peak usage times.

Internet prices for Mediacom start at $19.99/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in Altoona, $41.79.

Mediacom customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 60 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.33 per Mbps, lower than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Altoona, $1.90.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Mediacom offers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 50 Mbps in Altoona. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Altoona's providers, 439 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

If you live in the heart of Altoona, you’ll likely have options from cable, DSL, and fiber-optic internet providers. For those in rural areas or just outside Altoona, however, satellite or fixed wireless internet may be the best internet option.

Satellite internet from HughesNet and ViaSat, Inc. offers 100% availability in Altoona and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are significantly higher than average in Altoona at $59.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. The starting price for ViaSat, Inc. plans is higher than average for Altoona at $50/mo. for speeds up to 12 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many Altoona residents, however, as service typically comes with high latency and low data allowances.

Altoona, IA internet providers

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Provider
CenturyLink $49/mo. 12 - 1,000 Mbps Fiber-optic 19%
CenturyLink $49/mo. 12 - 140 Mbps DSL 88%
Windstream $29.99/mo. 10 - 20 Mbps DSL 1.583%
Mediacom $19.99/mo. 60 - 1,000 Mbps Cable 100%
ICS Advanced Technologies - - Wired 5.689%
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Internet provider frequently asked questions

CenturyLink is the fastest internet provider in Altoona with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 19% of households in Altoona. The next fastest internet provider in Altoona is Mediacom, offering download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to 100% of the area.

Mediacom offers the cheapest internet in Altoona with plans starting at $19.99/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Altoona, $41.79.

CenturyLink is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Altoona, covering 19% of the city.

Resetting your router and optimizing your router settings can give you an instant speed boost. Consider Wi-Fi extenders if your signal is weaker in certain areas of your home. Also, be sure to check your Wi-Fi network to see if there are any unknown devices or users connected that could be slowing your network.

Yes. Fiber-optic internet is a completely different technology than DSL or cable internet, and therefore requires a different type of modem. In many cases, you can get the required modem from your internet provider at no extra cost.

Available providers vary by address, but your location is likely serviceable for cable and DSL internet. Fiber internet may also be an internet option, but this technology is typically found in larger cities. Those living in rural areas not serviceable for cable, DSL or fiber internet may find satellite or fixed wireless internet to be their only options.