President Joe Biden announced Monday the commitment of 20 internet service providers to provide discounted internet to low-income households under the Affordable Connectivity Program, which passed as part of the infrastructure package, the Associated Press reported. The program creates $30 monthly subsidies for low-income households and $75 per month for tribal areas to pay for internet […]

Five rural Iowa communities in Crawford and Keokuk counties can now access Mediacom Communications’ fiber-optic network, the company has announced. The extension of the network was powered by two grant awards from the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program totaling more than $150,000 and $1 million of Mediacom’s private capital. The five communities are Deloit, Kiron, […]

Plus a look at how citywide broadband could expand in Iowa  After Mediacom filed a lawsuit against the city in December 2020, the future of West Des Moines’ initiative to construct a citywide conduit network capable of delivering broadband internet to all residents was left in question. Now the project is moving forward; settlement negotiations began in […]

Iowa State University has received approval to form a new Center for Wireless, Communities and Innovation (WiCI) from the Iowa Board of Regents, Clay & Milk reported. Expanding broadband service to rural areas and bringing in rural perspectives and leadership on Iowa’s broadband initiatives are the driving forces to create the center. The WiCI will attempt to […]

City pays $595K, provides Mediacom access to conduit network The city of West Des Moines will pay Mediacom $595,000 and allow the internet service to license parts of its conduit network, resolving a lawsuit filed more than a year ago, according to the settlement agreement reached by the two parties. Under the terms of the […]

Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy has entered into an agreement with Meta to buy power from its Great Pathfinder Wind project in Boone and Hamilton counties to provide energy to Meta’s operations in the region, including its data center in Altoona. According to a news release, it is Meta’s second clean-power purchase agreement in Iowa. “Our […]

Details of settlement not yet public; it now awaits judge’s approval The West Des Moines City Council on Tuesday approved a settlement agreement between Mediacom and the city of West Des Moines resolving a lawsuit over the Des Moines suburb’s partnership with Google Fiber on a citywide broadband network. Details of the settlement are not yet […]

More than $210 million has been awarded to grant applicants to further expand high-speed internet across Iowa, the governor’s office announced Tuesday. According to a news release, the funding was awarded to more than 160 applicants as part of the investment to expand broadband across the state. “Our commitment to high-speed, reliable broadband for all Iowans continues to […]

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 […]