U.S. Cellular will first launch the company’s 5G network in Iowa and Wisconsin during the first quarter of 2020, the company announced this week. The launch will be the first phase of the company’s multiyear network expansion, and will be available in 140 communities across Iowa, including Ames, Ankeny, Bettendorf, Boone, Carroll, Cedar Falls, Cedar […]

Iowa State University aerospace engineering professor Hui Hu has received a three-year $303,587 grant from the Iowa Energy Center to support research exploring ice formation on wind turbine blades, which could make a difference in Iowans’ energy bills, ISU reports. The grant supports Hu’s lab work in the Aircraft Icing Physics and Anti-/De-icing Technology Laboratory, […]

The Iowa State University Digital Manufacturing Lab powered by Alliant Energy will host a grand opening on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. The lab, a partnership between ISU’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) and Alliant Energy, is expected to introduce technologies that will help Iowa manufacturers improve or expand their business. Alliant […]

Microsoft Corp. and Nextlink Internet are partnering to expand the Microsoft Airband Initiative, the Microsoft program dedicated to closing the broadband internet accessibility gap by investing in rural internet access infrastructure.  Microsoft’s partnership with Nextlink will expand Nextlink’s existing deployments in Texas and Oklahoma, and begin new deployments in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas and Nebraska.  “It’s […]

1000 Friends of Iowa led legislators and industry influencers on a tour of solar energy operations through Urbandale, Clive, Waukee and West Des Moines on Wednesday as a fact-finding tour before the 2020 legislative session opens. 1000 Friends of Iowa announced the individuals who would tour, including Sen. Claire Celsi (West Des Moines), Rep. John […]

Iowans launch network to connect providers, communities seeking better service Recall the last year your home had dial-up internet service, the once great, shining beacon of communication in America.  As you nudged your modem awake, a sound that an Economist writer once described in 2007 as “the distorted screams of two modems introducing themselves” disturbed […]

President and CEO, FUELIowa FUELIowa began in 1937 amid a battle between independent operators and the oil industry, starting with the name “Iowa Independent Oil Jobbers Association.” The organization has evolved over the decades and now represents a diverse membership of fuel distributors, cooperatives, convenience and grocery stores, refiners, biofuel producers, and other firms. President […]

Des Moines-based Seneca Cos., a supplier and services provider to the retail petroleum industry, announced this week that it has partnered with ChargePoint, a California-based electric vehicle (EV) charging station network. As a signature partner, Seneca will represent ChargePoint’s entire product line and provide product support throughout Seneca’s footprint in the Midwest, South and Mountain […]

City by city, the first few tons of 5G wireless internet equipment is being installed — and protested, as CityLab reports.  5G networks have only just begun to spread — a few providers, including AT&T and Verizon, have started going live in a handful of cities (Verizon announced 5G service will be arriving in Des Moines, although wasn’t clear […]

Iowa utility regulators will allow retailers to sell energy for electric vehicle charging by quantity — a move some advocates say marks a win for the state’s budding electric vehicle infrastructure, reports the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Last year, officials with the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott requested that the utilities board allow energy to be […]