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Blog // Connect Iowa

FirstNet Looking to the Skies to Cover Hard to Reach Areas

By Sarah Synovec

In an article in Via Satellite FirstNet officials discussed the possibility of using satellite technology to cover areas that are hard to reach terrestrially. According to the Via Satellite article, the FirstNet initiative was established in “2012, from the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act” where “the U.S. government intends to provide interoperable communications services through FirstNet using nationwide 700 MHz spectrum. The law that created FirstNet demands that the network’s minimum technical requirements are based on the commercial standards for Long Term Evolution (LTE) service”. While it is clear that “Terrestrial...

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FCC Increases Broadband Speed Target

By Connected Nation

Yesterday, the FCC voted to increase the national broadband availability target from 4 Mbps down/1 Mbps up to 10 Mbps down/1 Mbps up fixed. It could mean that faster Internet speeds will be coming sooner to communities across the nation.  Our efforts in Connected Nation states has brought quality broadband to more homes, schools, and businesses -- but as the graph below shows, there is still work to be done to meet these new goals.  Affordable, fast, Internet is bringing new opportunities and prosperity to underserved areas across the nation, and our teams are leading the way to bridge the digital divide.  Want to learn more...

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Recap: FirstNet Initial Consultation Meeting in Iowa

By Sarah Synovec

Working to gain awareness in each state, FirstNet is holding initial consultation meetings. On November 18, Iowa had the chance to bring together state and local participants in Des Moines, Iowa, to garner ideas on the needs for the public safety broadband network. At this meeting, ideas were presented, Iowa had the chance to report on statewide outreach efforts, and representatives from Iowa presented case studies that highlighted the challenges that public safety communication faces during large events and emergencies. According to Dave Buchanan, FirstNet director of state consultation, the meeting “included representatives from the Iowa...

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Three Projects in Iowa Awarded in Rural Broadband Experiment Auction

By CIA Staff

Last Friday, the FCC released the list of the “provisional” winners of the Rural Broadband Experiment auction. The good news? Three projects in Iowa have been given funding.  This was the first time the FCC had awarded Connect America Fund subsidies for fixed broadband through competitive bids. Bids were due November 7 and were awarded based on cost-effectiveness comparison to the FCC Connect America Fund Cost model. Forty projects were awarded in the $100 million budgeted for the experiments. Of these, 15 projects accounting for $41.7 million are in our Connected Nation footprint (42% of all awards). Awards were given in Iowa,...

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