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CenturyLink $65 12 - 1,000 MbpsFiber-optic19%
CenturyLink $45 12 - 140 MbpsDSL88%
Windstream $19.99 10 - 20 MbpsDSL1.583%
Mediacom $29.99 60 - 1,000 MbpsCable100%
ICS Advanced Technologies - -Wired5.689%
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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.

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*
$45/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 $45/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Altoona, $40.82.

CenturyLink customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 12 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $3.75 per Mbps, higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Altoona, $1.77.

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, 369 Mbps.

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CenturyLink fiber-optic internet

Provider
CenturyLink
Starting price*
$65/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 $65/mo.*, which is significantly higher than the average starting price for internet in Altoona, $40.82.

CenturyLink customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 12 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $5.42 per Mbps, significantly higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Altoona, $1.77.

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, 369 Mbps.

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Mediacom cable internet

Provider
Mediacom
Starting price*
$29.99/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 $29.99/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in Altoona, $40.82.

Mediacom customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 60 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.50 per Mbps, lower than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Altoona, $1.77.

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, 369 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 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. Viasat starting prices are higher than average in 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.

Fixed wireless is another popular internet option for those in rural areas. Those living in or just outside of Altoona may have access to fixed wireless internet service from HughesNet, with plans starting at $59.99 and available download speeds up to 25 Mbps. Fixed wireless service is less likely to come with the high latency of satellite internet, but monthly data limits can still be an issue compared to Altoona cable, DSL, and fiber-optic internet providers.

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.

Windstream 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, $40.82.

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

Speeds of 10 Mbps and higher are good for gaming, but what you really want to consider when choosing an internet service for gaming is latency, or ping. Latency is the measure of how long it takes for your device to communicate with the server and is the main contributor to lag. The higher the ping, the more likely you are to experience lagging. Shoot for an internet service with latency below 100 ms.

Select internet providers including AT&T, Spectrum and Xfinity have thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots that customers can connect to at no extra cost. If your internet provider does not offer free Wi-Fi hotspots, you can find free public Wi-Fi at your local library or many restaurants and cafes. Consider these tips for using public Wi-Fi safely.

Wi-Fi extenders are handy when your router can’t project a strong signal to everywhere in your home that you need it. Your internet provider may offer Wi-Fi extenders for an added monthly cost, or you can purchase one online or from most electronics retailers.