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CenturyLink $65 12 - 1,000 MbpsFiber-optic9.970%
CenturyLink $45 12 - 100 MbpsDSL80%
Windstream $19.99 10 - 100 MbpsDSL2.704%
Windstream $75 10 - 100 MbpsFiber-optic0.385%
Mediacom $29.99 60 - 1,000 MbpsCable99%
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Ames internet service at a glance

At 99%, broadband coverage in Ames 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 Ames area will have access to cable, which covers 99% of Ames residents. DSL internet is also an option for many, offering service to 96% of the area. Fiber-optic is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 12% of those living in Ames.

There are 10 internet providers serving the Ames area, and 96.12% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Ames's 10 internet providers, prices start at $19.99 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

Top high-speed internet providers in Ames

The largest internet providers in Ames are CenturyLink, Mediacom, and HughesNet bringing DSL, cable, and satellite options to Ames.

DSL internet from CenturyLink is available to most Ames residents, covering 80% of households. Many will also have the option of cable from Mediacom, which covers 99% of the area. Ames’s third most-available internet provider, HughesNet, offers satellite to around 100% of Ames residents.

CenturyLink DSL internet

Provider
CenturyLink
Starting price*
$45/mo.
Max download speed

100 Mbps

Max upload speed

40 Mbps

Average availability

80%

DSL from CenturyLink offers broadband to nearly all households in Ames covering 80% of the area.

DSL internet from CenturyLink uses telephone lines in Ames 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 Ames, $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 Ames, $1.70.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, CenturyLink offers download speeds up to 100 Mbps and upload speeds up to 40 Mbps in Ames. These download speeds are available to 80% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Ames's providers, 392 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

99%

Cable from Mediacom offers broadband to all households in Ames covering 99% of the area.

Mediacom’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Ames 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 Ames, $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 Ames, $1.70.

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 Ames. These download speeds are available to 99% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Ames's providers, 392 Mbps.

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HughesNet satellite internet

Provider
HughesNet
Starting price*
$59.99/mo.
Max download speed

25 Mbps

Max upload speed

3 Mbps

Average availability

100%

Satellite from HughesNet offers broadband to all households in Ames covering 100% of the area.

HughesNet satellite internet offers reliable connection in areas of Ames where other internet types may not be available, but service is likely to come with low monthly data allowances and high latency, making streaming binges and real-time online gaming impractical.

Internet prices for HughesNet start at $59.99/mo.*, which is significantly higher than the average starting price for internet in Ames, $40.82.

HughesNet customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 25 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $2.40 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Ames, $1.70.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, HughesNet offers download speeds up to 25 Mbps and upload speeds up to 3 Mbps in Ames. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Ames's providers, 392 Mbps.

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Internet provider frequently asked questions

CenturyLink is the fastest internet provider in Ames with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 9.970% of households in Ames. The next fastest internet provider in Ames is Mediacom, offering download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to 99% of the area.

Windstream offers the cheapest internet in Ames with plans starting at $19.99/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Ames, $40.82.

CenturyLink is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Ames, covering 9.970% of the city. ICS Advanced Technologies also offers fiber internet in Ames and is available to 1.222% of households.

Upgrading your internet plan or switching to a new provider that offers faster internet service is the best way to get significantly faster speeds, but that will likely also come with a price increase. To get faster internet without changing your plan or provider, upgrade your internet equipment or reduce the number of devices connected to your network.

According to the FCC, 93% of households have access to three or more providers. In many areas, a cable, DSL, satellite and possibly fiber-optic provider may be available. You are unlikely, however, to find multiple providers of the same internet type, such as two cable providers, in the same location because operating expenses in an area already served by another provider can be too high to be profitable.

Cable internet will nearly always offer faster speeds than DSL, but typically at a higher price point. So if you’re shopping for cheap internet plans, DSL may be your better option but if you want speed, consider cable internet.