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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hongwei Zhang and other researchers installed hardware at the Iowa State University’s Research Park for CyNet, an advanced wireless networking system that’s a predecessor to the new ARA rural broadband project. Photo provided A $16 million rural broadband research project will cover nearly 40 miles of rural communities and farmland, researchers told state and industry […]

Researchers at Iowa State University and their partners are receiving $7 million in federal funding from the National Science Foundation to support the ARA: Wireless Living Lab for Smart and Connected Rural Communities, a Central Iowa project of the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program. The ARA also received $1 million in financial support […]

UScellular donated 140 wireless hotspots and at least 13 months of service to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa to ensure internet access through the 2021-22 school year, the company announced this week. The hotspots boost connectivity for Boys & Girls Clubs locations, and are loaned out to families to support access for […]

A Polk County judge will allow a lawsuit filed by Mediacom against the city of West Des Moines to continue after West Des Moines filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit in January. The judge granted the partial dismissal of the first claim, in which Mediacom alleged the city’s use of the Urban Renewal Program to designate the majority […]

A review of solar energy projects at Iowa’s schools, cities and other public entities reported average annual savings of more than $26,475, state Auditor Rob Sand announced recently. Eighty Iowa communities are currently using solar energy installations, and the average savings over the lifetime of an installation was $716,437, Sand said. The full report, titled […]