The Community Broadband Action Network announced Wednesday that it has received a grant of more than $380,000 through the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, which will establish a Digital Navigator Corps program in Iowa. The grant is part of a $10 million investment from Google, which is establishing a national Digital Navigator Corps. The national initiative includes the […]

Submitted by Brian Waller, president of Technology Association of Iowa, and Dave Duncan, CEO of Iowa Communications Alliance The pandemic has proved to be a catalyst for decades’ worth of transformation in a matter of months, not the least of which is how we all connect with one another on a day-to-day basis. Prior to […]

Osage chemical company focusing on environmental impact with solar farm and native prairie A company that produces biological products from natural bacteria focused on agricultural applications is expanding its sustainability portfolio with the establishment of a native prairie and the construction of a solar farm at its plant in Osage, in northern Iowa’s Mitchell County. […]

As part of a $12 million, six-project effort by the U.S. Department of Energy, Gelli Ravikumar, a research assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Iowa State University, is leading a research team to develop cybersecurity systems that prevent, detect and mitigate attacks on renewable energy sources sending power to the grid. Solar panels […]

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 […]