Broadband grant applications available soon from state

Applications for $1.3 million in broadband grants will soon be available through Iowa’s Office of the Chief Information Officer, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Friday. The grant program allows communication service providers, including telecommunication companies and municipalities, to apply for up to 15 percent of their broadband project costs in targeted service areas to improve broadband access for Iowans. Citizens and service providers can check the targeted services area map at https://ocio.iowa.gov/broadband to see if their area is eligible for grant funds under the program. Formal questions from prospective applicants must be submitted ociogrants@iowa.gov by Jan. 18, 2019; applications may be submitted online between Feb. 18 through March 15.