CenturyLink has announced the completion of new broadband to about 21,000 rural Iowa homes and businesses, reports the Cedar Rapids Gazette. The company announced last week the expanded broadband services, which reach more than 30 Iowa communities, including Muscatine, Winterset, Independence and Indianola. The expanded broadband was funded through the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America […]

The city of Waukee, the Nature Conservancy in Iowa, Waukee Aspiring Professional Experience (APEX) and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) are announcing Solarize Waukee, a new bulk solar group purchase program for businesses and residents anywhere within the Waukee Community School District boundaries, which includes Waukee and portions of West Des Moines, Clive and […]

Iowa City leaders do not want to be caught off-guard the day autonomous vehicles become mainstream – and the city is tapping a team of University of Iowa graduate students to begin assessing the area’s needs, reports the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton said the city put in a request with the […]

A bill that would have raised insurance coverage requirements on Uber and Lyft in Iowa has been sidelined at the statehouse, reports Radio Iowa. The bill would have shifted insurance requirements from drivers to the ride sharing companies. Representative David Maxwell said he and two other legislators on a House subcommittee didn’t have enough time […]

The Iowa Democratic Party is taking public comments after proposing a new caucus plan that would offer virtual caucuses for registered Democrats, starting during the 2020 Iowa caucuses. The proposal, outlined in the 2020 Iowa Delegate Selection Plan, would allow registered Democrats to participate in one of six virtual caucuses “by phone or smart device,” […]

More than 150 of Iowa’s middle school students have a solution to stabilize city power grids in the event of a national disaster. Forty-two teams representing 16 Iowa schools and organizations presented their plans at the Future City Iowa Regional Competition at Prairie Point Middle School in Cedar Rapids on Jan. 26, NewBoCo announced this […]

In 2013, the Business Record launched innovationIOWA Magazine, an annual publication with a mission to spotlight innovative companies and technological achievements across the state. One year ago this week, our newsroom launched the innovationIOWA e-newsletter, updating our delivery from annually to weekly – right to your inbox. The mission remains the same: we seek out […]

Ruan, a Des Moines-based transportation company, has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), the company announced Tuesday. BiTA claims to be the largest commercial blockchain alliance in the world, with nearly 500 members in more than 25 countries. Blockchain technology enables transactions to be identified and tracked digitally, and shared across a distributed network […]