Microsoft unrolls rural broadband plan in urban Iowa counties

Some Iowans are scratching their heads after Microsoft announced a new rural broadband plan that will improve access in three Iowa counties – which are primarily urban, reports the Des Moines Register.

Microsoft is partnering with Quad Cities company Network Business Solutions to expand internet service in three Iowa counties, Illinois and South Dakota. But two of the three counties that benefit – Muscatine and Clinton – have communities with a population between 10,000 to 50,000, and the third county, Scott, is home to one of the state’s largest cities, Davenport. Representatives from Microsoft say that those counties still house rural residents who struggle to access internet service.