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Review by spurgen8r See Profile

  • Location: Pella,Marion,IA
  • Cost: $60 per month (12 month contract)
  • Install: about 5 days
Good "Very reliable connection, good speed for DSL, way better than MCHSI."
Bad "Still only copper based network. Waiting patiently for fiber."
Overall "The best deal in town."
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I've been a long-time Mediacom customer but finally got fed up with the dropped connections and having to reset my cable modem almost daily. I decided to switch to Iowa Telecom for my ISP and I'm glad I did.

I received a flyer in the mail last week to sign up for Iowa Telecom with 1.5 Mbps service for $24.90/mo for 12 months. While on the phone placing my order, they advertised 15 Mbps DSL which I signed up for. The deal is $53.90 for 12 months, then $73.90 thereafter with a phone line.

Immediately after unplugging the cable modem and signing on with my ADSL2+ modem, I noticed a more responsive Internet experience. There is less delay after entering a URL before the page starts loading. The speeds are excellent, although I have yet to break the 10 Mbps mark using »speedtest.iowatelecom.net. It's still good enough for me.

My wife telecommutes with her work. She uses Remote Desktop and Vonage VoIP phone service. Before, with Mediacom, her remote desktop session was constantly getting interrupted (3-5 times a day) and I would often have to reset the cable modem. Then we would have to wait 15 minutes before she could log back on again. Not a very productive way to get work done. Now, with Iowa Telecom, we have had ZERO dropped connections with 8 hours in a Remote Desktop session.

I've also had experience with LISCO DSL service. In fact, I'm using the modem that I purchased from LISCO with my Iowa Telecom service. It's a Paradyne 6381-A3 ADSL/R (a.k.a. ReachDSL) and ADSL2+ compatible modem. There is no comparison. Iowa Telecom is the best way to go for copper based high speed Ineternet in the area.

member for 7.2 years, 20 visits, last login: 1.9 years ago
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Review by kkingnia See Profile

  • Location: Fort Madison,Lee,IA
  • Cost: $30 per month
  • Install: about 1 days
Good "Lower prices, no problems with the service"
Bad "DSL seems slow even after I got a speed upgrade, but the numbers are better"
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My telco and isp is Iowa Telecom. The main competition is QWest, which was more expensive last time I checked and had a reputation for neglectful to outrightly bad service.

member for 7.5 years, 1 visits, last login: 7.4 years ago
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Review by iadevil4 See Profile

  • Location: Brighton,Washington,IA
  • Cost: $46 per month
  • Install: about 3 days
Good "faster than dial-up"
Bad "little pricey compared to other high speed companies in other cities"
Overall "its the only high speed option in my town"
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Living in small town Iowa has its advantages. A plethora of broadband providers isn't one of them. Iowa Telecom is the only broadband option besides satellite (and I'm not even sure that's an option). With that in mind, I haven't had to call customer service since I installed DSL over a year ago. Beings they are the only provider in town, they can set the price a little high.

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