Mahaska Communication Group, based in Oskaloosa, announced on Aug. 20 that broadband internet service with speeds up to two gigabits per second will soon be available to Newton residents and businesses. MCG’s residential and business customers will also be eligible for television and telephone services. Construction on the underground network will start in phases in […]

Craig Zimmerman will join MetroNet as the west Iowa market leader, overseeing fiber-optic infrastructure and growth and development in areas including Ames, Nevada, Urbandale, Grimes, Johnston, Clive, Ankeny and Mason City. His 20-year career in telecommunications has included roles with Mediacom, Vermillion Group and Iowa Telecom in business marketing, sales, communications training and development. Most […]

The Harkin Institute hosted its annual Summit on Disability Employment on Aug. 19 in Ankeny, where businesses and disability service providers participated in conversations discussing how to ensure people with disabilities are included and valued in companies’ workforces, the resources available and how to translate conversations into action. In past years the summit took place internationally, but […]

Facebook announced that U.S. employees will not return to the office until at least January 2022 due to concerns about the coronavirus delta variant. “Data, not dates, is what drives our approach for returning to the office,” Facebook said in a statement. The social media company is the latest among tech giants to delay returning […]

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a formal safety probe Monday into Tesla’s driver assistance system, Autopilot, after identifying 11 crashes involving Tesla cars and first responder scenes since 2018. The NHTSA reported 17 injuries and one death resulting from the crashes. A 2017 NHTSA investigation into Autopilot concluded without any action, but this […]

Alacriti, a financial technology company based in New Jersey, will partner with Iowa-based Veridian Credit Union to enable real-time payments over the Clearing House’s RTP network. Alacriti’s cloud-native program, Cosmos Payment Services, supports Fedwire payments as well as real-time transactions. Using Cosmos will help Veridian simplify operations by allowing access to multiple clearing and settlement […]

Mason City manufacturer Metalcraft, a provider of property identification solutions, is launching a new arm focusing specifically on custom RFID inlay design, testing and production. The addition of Inlay Innovations is meant to meet demand for custom RFID products. “In a turbulent time for our global partners and RFID customers, we made a strategic decision: Inlay […]

The Securities and Exchange Commission green-lighted Nasdaq’s plan Friday to increase diversity among the members of its companies’ boards. Under the proposal, Nasdaq-listed companies need to meet ethnic and gender diversity targets and disclose the makeup of their boards, but it is not a full mandate. Companies can choose not to meet the diversity targets […]