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Below are the latest news stories and press releases from Connect Iowa.
Friday, July 28, 2017

Iowa to Opt-In on FirstNet Network

The following press release was issued by   RESTON, Va., July 18, 2017  -- Iowa is making history. Today, Governor Kim Reynolds  announced her decision to accept the FirstNet and  AT&T    plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the State's public safety...
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Connected Nation Congratulates Iowa’s New Broadband Governor Kim Reynolds

Des Moines, IA (May 26, 2017) – Connected Nation (CN) is excited about the future for Iowa’s families, farmers, and businesses as Kim Reynolds takes the helm as the governor of the Hawkeye State. Governor Reynolds understands that everyone belongs in a connected nation so they have access to higher quality education, more job opportunities,...
Monday, May 08, 2017

Digital Inclusion Week: Leaving No One Out of a Connected Nation

Bowling Green, Ky. (May 8, 2017) – Digital Inclusion Week runs from May 8 to May 13. The week is meant to raise awareness that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, must have access to technologies that can improve their quality of life. For Connected Nation (CN), that means ensuring that no family, individual, or...
Friday, December 16, 2016

State seeks private investment to help expand broadband

  RADIO IOWA | DECEMBER 13, 2016  BY DAR DANIELSON The state has launched a public-private effort to raise two million dollars to expand community broadband planning throughout Iowa. Iowa’s Chief Information Officer Bob Von Wolffradt says the state has been involved in many efforts to increase broadband access across the state,...
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Press Release: Connect Iowa to Help Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds Connect Every Iowan with Broadband

Iowa to be the most connected state in the Midwest through the Governor’s Office  Blue Ribbon Initiative Des Moines, IA – Today, Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds announced the Blue Ribbon Initiative, a public private effort to raise $2 million to expand community broadband planning throughout the state of Iowa...
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Connecting fields will help farmers fully utilize latest ag technology

By Bill Tiedje, Iowa Farmer Today  As precision ag increasingly becomes a part of the technology toolbox on farms, wireless connectivity and broadband access remain a limiting factor in many parts of rural Iowa. Nick Tindall, senior director of government and industry relations with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, said one of his...
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

LISCO Selected by City of Knoxville for Fiber Optic Expansion

Ottumwa Post | Knoxville, Iowa LISCO Corporation, headquartered in Fairfield, Iowa, a fiber optic Internet and phone service provider signed a contract on June 10th with the City of Knoxville, Iowa to enable 1 Gigabyte high-speed fiber optic Internet access for all City government locations. According to Linda Stallone, Vice-President of Sales and...
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

FCC decision expands Internet opportunities to poor

Thousands of low-income people in Iowa and Illinois, particularly in the Quad-Cities, could find it easier to gain access to broadband Internet services with a new policy from the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC last week expanded the federal government's Lifeline program to include broadband Internet. The program, started in 1985,...
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Floyd County now a Connected community

CHARLES CITY | Floyd County is now a certified Connected community, joining 22 other cities and counties in Iowa. Connect Iowa has been working with Floyd County on an initiative that assesses the local broadband landscape, identifies connectivity gaps and establishes technology-driven goals and objectives to increase broadband access and adoption...
Monday, December 14, 2015

Floyd County Becomes Certified Connected Community

Floyd County completes technology plan aimed at bridging technology gap, boosting economy,paving way for improved quality of life Floyd County, IA – Floyd County is now a certified Connected community in Iowa. The Floyd County Technology Planning Team and Connect Iowa are releasing the county’s Technology Action Plan. “The array of facets within...