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Internet providers in 50012

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CenturyLink $65 12 - 1,000 MbpsFiber-optic100%
CenturyLink $45 12 - 20 MbpsDSL100%
Mediacom $29.99 60 - 1,000 MbpsCable100%
ICS Advanced Technologies - -Wired100%
HughesNet $59.99 25 - 25 MbpsSatellite100%
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50012 internet service at a glance

At 100%, broadband coverage in the 50012 ZIP code 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 50012 ZIP will have access to DSL, which covers 100% of households. 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 100% of those living in the 50012 ZIP code.

There are six internet providers serving the 50012 area. Among six internet providers in 50012, prices start at $29.99 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

Top high-speed internet providers in 50012

The largest internet providers serving the 50012 ZIP code are CenturyLink and Mediacom bringing DSL, fiber-optic, and cable options to the area.

DSL internet from CenturyLink is available to nearly all in the 50012 ZIP code, covering 100% of households. Many will also have the option of fiber-optic from CenturyLink, which covers 100% of the area. Ames’s third most-available internet provider, Mediacom, offers cable to around 100% of residents in the 50012 ZIP code.

CenturyLink DSL internet

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

20 Mbps

Max upload speed

2 Mbps

Average availability

100%

DSL from CenturyLink offers broadband to all households in the 50012 ZIP code, covering 100% of the area.

DSL internet from CenturyLink uses telephone lines 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, $44.99.

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, $1.80.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, CenturyLink offers download speeds up to 20 Mbps and upload speeds up to 2 Mbps in 50012 ZIP code. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Ames's providers, 412 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

100%

Fiber-optic from CenturyLink offers broadband to all households in the 50012 ZIP code, covering 100% 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 50012 ZIP code than other internet types.

Internet prices for CenturyLink start at $65/mo.*, which is significantly higher than the average starting price for internet in Ames, $44.99.

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 Ames, $1.80.

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 50012 ZIP code. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Ames's providers, 412 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 the 50012 ZIP code, covering 100% of the area.

Mediacom’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but 50012 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, $44.99.

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, $1.80.

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 50012 ZIP code. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Ames's providers, 412 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

If you have limited cable, DSL and fiber-optic internet options in the 50012 ZIP code, satellite and fixed wireless providers may be available.

Satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat offers 100% availability in 50012 and the greater Ames area. HughesNet starting prices are significantly higher than average in Ames at $59.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Viasat starting prices are higher than average in Ames at $50/mo. for speeds up to 12 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many in the 50012 ZIP, 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 Ames 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 Ames DSL, fiber-optic, and cable internet providers.

Internet providers in 50012 frequently asked questions

CenturyLink is the fastest internet provider in the 50012 ZIP code with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 100% of households in 50012. The next fastest internet provider in the 50012 ZIP code is Mediacom, offering download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to 100% of the area.

Mediacom offers the cheapest internet in the 50012 ZIP with service starting at $29.99/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Ames, $44.99.

CenturyLink is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider serving the 50012 ZIP code, covering 100% of the city.

Monthly costs for internet can range from $20 to $60, depending on which providers are available in your area. Added fees for Wi-Fi service and equipment can add to that cost, but your internet provider may give you the option to use your own router, which can lower the monthly internet cost.

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.

Learn the penalty, if any, of canceling service with your current provider. Find other internet providers in your area and compare plans and pricing. Choose the internet provider and plan that best meets your needs. Order your new services and get your installation/activation date. Call your current internet provider and cancel service by the activation date of your new service.