Ames, Iowa has a surprising number of high-speed Internet offerings. Six separate DSL providers service the Ames area. The range of products and services are excellent in their variety and quality. Always check if your residence is within range of the DSL junction box to make best use of their packages before committing to a provider. Each service provides online tools to test.
AT&T; is the nation's largest Internet provider with more than 17 million subscribers. It offers DSL, U-verse High Speed Internet, satellite broadband and wireless broadband. Its DSL offerings range from the Basic package which offers download speeds of up to 768 Kbps and upstream speeds of up to 384 Kbps for $19.95 per month. Its fastest plan is the Elite package, offering download speeds of 6 Mbps and upstream speeds of 768 Kbps for $40.00 per month.
Verizon not only is the nation's largest cellular phone provider, but also offers a wide range of DSL services, including the very fast FiOS service. Its base-level package is the Starter Plan, which offers download speeds of up to 1 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 384 Kbps for $19.95 per month. The fastest service is the Tier 3 FiOS Internet, which offers up to 50 Mbps download speeds and up to 20 Mbps upload speeds for $139.95 per month.
Earthlink offers a broad range of Internet services from dial-up to satellite service. It offers one DSL package, which is reasonably priced. For $14.95 a month (for the first three months), you can get download speeds up to 6 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 1 Mbps.
CenturyLink provides DSL, entertainment and voice services in 33 states via CenturyTel. Its basic package is the 256 Kbps Regular plan, which provides download speeds up to 256 Kbps for $24.95 per month. The top tier package is the 3.0 Mbps Extreme package, which provides download speeds up to 3.0 Mbps.
Windstream is a large, national provider of telecommunications services across the United States. It provides broadband Internet, telephone service and digital TV packages to residential, businesses and government agencies. For $39.99 per month, there is a 3 Mbps Internet package that provides download speeds up to 3 Mbps. The 12 Mbps Internet package runs $49.99 per month.
DSL Extreme is an online service provider headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. It offers a single DSL package in Ames, the Residential DSL plan. For $14.95 per month, you get download speeds up to 3.0 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps.
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