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Blog // Connect Iowa

Expressions of Interest from Iowa Cover 171 Counties in FCC Rural Broadband Experiment Program

By Connected Nation

Expressions of interest filed from Iowa for the FCC’s Rural Broadband Experiment program cover areas throughout the state – proposed projects include service in 171 counties including multiple proposals across many counties. Last January, the FCC voted to create the Rural Broadband Experiment program that it hopes will help shape and adjust its Connect America Fund (CAF) broadband subsidy program. These rural broadband experiments mark the first opportunity for providers that are not the incumbent local telephone company in a particular area to receive CAF subsidies to build and operate fixed broadband networks in those areas. “Expressions...

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Key FCC action to advance the reform of the E-rate program

By Connected Nation

The Federal Communications Commission released yesterday a Public Notice (PN) requesting further comment regarding the E-rate program modernization reform. The E-rate program provides funding to support the  telecommunications and Internet access needs of schools and libraries across the nation. This new item advances the reform launched by the FCC on July 2013 (see E-rate Modernization NPRM) and sets the stage for the implementation of Chairman Wheeler’s vision for the reform of the program as advanced in his speech of February 5, 2014 (see White House and FCC Advance Plans to Connect America’s Schools and...

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Today Deadline for Expressions of Interest in FCC Rural Broadband Experiments program

By Connected Nation

Today marks the deadline for interested parties to file non-binding expressions of interest in the Rural Broadband Experiments (RBE) program first announced last month by the FCC. The program, which is spurring widespread interest with already dozens if not hundreds of submissions on the record, seeks funding proposals for projects to connect areas across the country that lack broadband access. The program hopes to incentivize deployment of “scalable” broadband networks in communities without ubiquitous broadband at speeds of at least 3 Mbps down/768 kbps up. This new funding program, which could be as large as $230 million, has drawn the...

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Connect Iowa, Gov. Terry Branstad Welcome Black Hawk County as 4th Certified Connected Community in State

By CIA Staff

Governor Terry Branstad, center right, and Black Hawk County and Connect Iowa officials celebrate Black Hawk County becoming a Certified Connected Community in Cedar Falls Thursday. Black Hawk County Thursday joined West Des Moines, Webster City, and Indianola as the 4th Certified Connected Community in the state of Iowa. Black Hawk County has been working with Connect Iowa for two years to build its Technology Action Plan. The plan includes actionable projects and objectives for Black Hawk County to increase digital literacy, promote and expand broadband service within the community, and increase utilization of technology resources in the...

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