Internet providers in Fort Madison, IA

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Fort Madison, IA internet providers

Provider
CenturyLink $45.00 20 - 100 MbpsDSL94%
Windstream $19.99 15 - 100 MbpsDSL11%
Windstream $75.00 15 - 100 MbpsFiber-optic0.904%
Mediacom $29.99 60 - 1,000 MbpsCable98%
Danville Mutual Telephone Company $50.95 3 - 1,000 MbpsFiber-optic8.519%
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Fort Madison internet service at a glance

At 99%, broadband coverage in Fort Madison 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 Fort Madison area will have access to cable, which covers 98% of Fort Madison 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 13% of those living in Fort Madison.

There are seven internet providers serving the Fort Madison area, and 96.02% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Fort Madison'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 Fort Madison

The largest internet providers in Fort Madison are CenturyLink, Windstream, and Mediacom bringing DSL and cable options to Fort Madison.

DSL internet from CenturyLink is available to nearly all Fort Madison residents, covering 94% of households. Some will also have the option of DSL from Windstream, which covers 11% of the area. Fort Madison’s third most-available internet provider, Mediacom, offers cable to around 98% of Fort Madison residents.

CenturyLink DSL internet

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

100 Mbps

Max upload speed

40 Mbps

Average availability

94%

DSL from CenturyLink offers broadband to nearly all households in Fort Madison covering 94% of the area.

DSL internet from CenturyLink uses telephone lines in Fort Madison 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 Fort Madison, $42.65.

CenturyLink customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 20 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $2.25 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Fort Madison, $1.64.

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 Fort Madison. These download speeds are available to 94% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Fort Madison's providers, 396 Mbps.

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Windstream DSL internet

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

100 Mbps

Max upload speed

8 Mbps

Average availability

11%

DSL from Windstream offers broadband to a limited number of households in Fort Madison covering 11% of the area.

DSL internet from Windstream uses telephone lines in Fort Madison 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 Windstream start at $19.99/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in Fort Madison, $42.65.

Windstream customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 15 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $1.33 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Fort Madison, $1.64.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Windstream offers download speeds up to 100 Mbps and upload speeds up to 8 Mbps in Fort Madison. These download speeds are available to 11% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Fort Madison's providers, 396 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

98%

Cable from Mediacom offers broadband to nearly all households in Fort Madison covering 98% of the area.

Mediacom’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Fort Madison 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 Fort Madison, $42.65.

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 Fort Madison, $1.64.

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 Fort Madison. These download speeds are available to 98% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Fort Madison's providers, 396 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

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

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

Internet provider frequently asked questions

Mediacom is the fastest internet provider in Fort Madison with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 98% of households in Fort Madison. The next fastest internet provider in Fort Madison is Danville Mutual Telephone Company, offering download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to 8.519% of the area.

Windstream offers the cheapest internet in Fort Madison with plans starting at $19.99/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Fort Madison, $42.65.

Danville Mutual Telephone Company is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Fort Madison, covering 8.519% of the city. LISCO also offers fiber internet in Fort Madison and is available to 3.617% of households.

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.

Each video streaming service has varying recommended speeds, but speeds up to 10 Mbps will often handle streaming on one device. For HD and 4K streaming, consider faster speeds of at least 25 Mbps to reduce buffering and maintain optimal picture quality.

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.