Thirty-nine grants totaling $97.5 million have been awarded under the state’s Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grants Program, which was created this year by the Iowa Legislature to expand high-speed internet statewide. According to a news release from the governor’s office, 178 applications were received from broadband providers requesting nearly $300 million. In the release issued Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds said expanding broadband statewide […]

Fall enrollment numbers showed nearly 60% of Iowa State students are majoring in a STEM field and enrollment of new first-year students rose by 6% despite an overall enrollment decrease for the university. “Students are eager to embrace Iowa State’s innovative mindset and enhance their classroom learning with undergraduate research, learning communities and many experiential […]

President Joe Biden will soon have a team to advise him on artificial intelligence issues with the announcement of the National AI Advisory Committee on Sept. 8 by Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. At least nine members will sit on the committee — Raimondo will select the chair and vice chair with the National Institute of […]

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sent a legal notice to Coinbase informing the cryptocurrency exchange to expect legal action if Lend, its digital lending product, launches. Lend will allow eligible customers to earn interest by lending select assets on Coinbase, starting with USD Coin. The SEC determined Lend should be subject to regulation under […]

The city of West Des Moines and Mediacom will pursue settlement negotiations in the lawsuit over the city’s partnership with Google Fiber to construct a citywide broadband network, according to Polk County District Court documents from Sept. 1. Both parties are required to file a status update on negotiations on Sept. 27. The trial is currently scheduled for […]

Iowa State students will again have the chance to hear moderated conversations with innovators and leaders across industries as the Flagship Friday program returns Sept. 10. The program started virtually last year and attracted 2,400 participants. Sessions will remain virtual with an in-person option available for some sessions. Learn more

Early stage insurtech startups can apply to Global Insurance Accelerator’s 2022 program until Sept. 12. This will be GIA’s eighth year hosting the accelerator, which supports cohorts by providing seed funding and bringing in more than 75 local mentors to advise companies. The 100-day equity-based program runs from Jan. 12 to April 21, 2022 with […]