Waterloo Fiber, a new city-owned and operated broadband internet utility, officially launched with a groundbreaking event on Wednesday. More than 84% of residents voted in a referendum in favor of a $20 million general obligation bond to build the fiber network. The service will offer up to 10 gigabit speeds and provide Waterloo-based customer support. […]

Google announced Tuesday it will invest $350 million at its data center campus in Council Bluffs. As one of Google’s largest data centers, the campus helps power services like Google Cloud, Workspace (including Gmail and Google Docs), Search and Maps, according to a news release. The investment also includes a $250,000 grant to Advance Southwest […]

Waterloo Fiber Internet, the city’s new, locally owned and operated municipal fiber internet utility, has announced that Eric Lage has been appointed as the first general manager of telecommunications for the utility. Lage served as general manager of Reinbeck Telecommunications Utility for nine years. The city of Waterloo and Waterloo Fiber Internet are working on […]

By Lisa Rossi Potentially thousands of Iowans will learn updated digital skills through interactions with digital coaches and navigators, individuals skilled in everything from safe internet use to operating a business online and financial security. Lindsey Newland has been the Google coach for Iowa since November of last year; she started offering workshops in March. […]

The Iowa Department of Management’s Office of the Chief Information Officer has announced more than 50 public town hall-style meetings to get feedback from Iowans on digital services, including broadband, in their area. Attendees will hear a short presentation on digital services followed by a discussion with the audience on the barriers and potential solutions […]

Ironside Systems, an Iowa-based company founded by public safety professionals Curtis Walsner and Shawn Wagner, has developed a public safety asset management tool to provide first responders that consolidates the tracking of critical resources into one database. According to a news release, the tool can track multiple assets, including radios, people and vehicles, as well […]

Tech takeaway: This week’s story is the last of two profiles on the Iowa-based startups participating in the 2022 cohort of Techstars Iowa. MetaFuel is a Des Moines-based startup started in January 2022 that aims to help trucking companies leverage telematics data, which is automatically collected by a device installed in the truck. Neither Danny […]

Faculty members at Iowa State University are hoping to find solutions for affordable housing in rural areas of the state with 3D technology. The ISU College of Design’s 3D Affordable Innovative Technologies Housing Project has received a $1.4 million Strategic Infrastructure Program grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority for research and development that can […]

Cedar Rapids will be one of three cities to participate in the Capstone Challenge Series, a pilot program led by advocacy organization National League of Cities testing geographic information system (GIS) broadband tools. Esri is the program’s strategic partner, providing four GIS solutions to launch and test in Purcellville, Va.; Butte-Silver Bow, Mont. and Cedar Rapids. Included are the equity […]