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 […]

Iowa applicants applying for the USDA “ReConnect” Grant Program will have an advantage applying for the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced this week. The program, announced in December 2018, makes about $600 million in grants and loans available for broadband providers in rural areas that do not have sufficient access to […]

A community broadband equity pilot project between the city of West Des Moines, Microsoft Corp., T-Mobile and other partners is entering phase two of the ambitious three-year plan, officials said at a news conference Wednesday.  The city now offers free public Wi-Fi, managed by Ovation Network, from the West Des Moines Business Incubator on Fifth Street […]

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,” […]