Customers have mixed opinions after Alliant Energy announced a new program to install meters for gas and electric service that send out radio signals to the company, reports Radio Iowa. The Iowa Utilities Board previously ruled against charging customers a fee if they wanted to opt out of the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) program; the latest […]

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 […]

When Shelley McKinley visited the Iowa State Fair this year, she made sure to swing by the food vendors. “It was awesome. I loved it. I got a big huge bucket of those cookies to take home with me,” McKinley said, laughing. Home for McKinley is Redmond, Wash., where she serves as the head of […]

Smart Ag, the startup developing autonomous farming equipment platforms, has opened its new headquarters at 1115 South Bell Avenue in Ames. The new facility has half of its 12,000 square feet devoted to office space for its current 25 employees, while the other half is designated for research, development and manufacturing. Previously located at the […]

If there is one symbol for Iowa agriculture and innovation, it is the tractor. Since the machine’s early history in the corner of northeast Iowa, the tractor has been the most persistent yet ever-changing mark of innovation – and some controversy – in U.S. agriculture. While the history is long and the changes are nonstop […]

CIO, Ruan Transportation Management Systems Ruan Transportation began in 1932 during the Great Depression with a single truck and a single load. Today, the company has its third generation of the Ruan family in leadership and has grown to more than 315 nationwide operations, 7,500 trailers and 5,600 employees. Among those team members is Chief […]

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 […]