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 […]

City pays $595K, provides Mediacom access to conduit network The city of West Des Moines will pay Mediacom $595,000 and allow the internet service to license parts of its conduit network, resolving a lawsuit filed more than a year ago, according to the settlement agreement reached by the two parties. Under the terms of the […]

Details of settlement not yet public; it now awaits judge’s approval The West Des Moines City Council on Tuesday approved a settlement agreement between Mediacom and the city of West Des Moines resolving a lawsuit over the Des Moines suburb’s partnership with Google Fiber on a citywide broadband network. Details of the settlement are not yet […]

More than $210 million has been awarded to grant applicants to further expand high-speed internet across Iowa, the governor’s office announced Tuesday. According to a news release, the funding was awarded to more than 160 applicants as part of the investment to expand broadband across the state. “Our commitment to high-speed, reliable broadband for all Iowans continues to […]

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 […]

Thirty-nine grants totaling $97.5 million have been awarded under the state’s Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grants Program, which was created this year by the Iowa Legislature to expand high-speed internet statewide. According to a news release from the governor’s office, 178 applications were received from broadband providers requesting nearly $300 million. In the release issued Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds said expanding broadband statewide […]

Mahaska Communication Group, based in Oskaloosa, announced on Aug. 20 that broadband internet service with speeds up to two gigabits per second will soon be available to Newton residents and businesses. MCG’s residential and business customers will also be eligible for television and telephone services. Construction on the underground network will start in phases in […]