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Blog // Connect Iowa

Broadband is Priority for Iowa

By CIA Staff

Gov. Branstad’s recent Condition of the State address promoted greater broadband access, adoption, and use across the state and emphasized Iowa’s goal of becoming the most connected state in the Midwest. Connect Iowa’s research has shown that expanding broadband is a vital component of economic development, promoting education, and improving quality of life for Iowans. Gov. Branstad launched the Connect Every Iowan initiative last September to address the issue of the digital divide. Connect Iowa is proud to be part of that effort through the STEM Advisory Council Broadband Committee. Recently, the STEM Advisory Council Broadband Committee...

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WATCH: Iowa's 1:1 Learning Initiative

By Jeremy Thacker

Iowa is committed to improving education statewide through broadband expansion. Many school districts are already adopting 1-to-1 (1:1) initiatives to ensure students have direct around-the-clock access to learning and resources. In this video, state education leaders explain the profound impact of the 1:1 programs and the challenges the state still faces in connecting every Iowa student to broadband. Iowa's 1:1 Learning Initiative from Connected Nation on Vimeo. And for more Iowa broadband news and updates, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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Governor’s Broadband Committee Goes to Work!

By Jeremy Thacker

Work is officially underway by Governor Branstand’s STEM Advisory Council Broadband Committee to develop Iowa’s long-range Connect Every Iowan broadband expansion plan. Committee members met for the first time on Tuesday morning to tackle the Governor’s request to have specific policy recommendations ready for him by the end of the year. Ten committee members and more than a dozen interested observers joined the meeting as the team mapped out its timeline for research and drafting recommendations. Two subcommittees were appointed to find a handful of communities in the world that have the broadband connectivity infrastructure and speeds to...

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WATCH: Team Beta Robots – Creation & Education Through Broadband

By Jeremy Thacker

Students across the nation are headed back to school. Here in Iowa, that means seven recent world champions are getting back to work on their final year of Team Beta. Through the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) program, FTC Team 3550 – Team Beta – is reimagining the content of STEM education in the state of Iowa. They’ve even grabbed the attention of the governor, and they’re inspiring throngs of other students along the way! Check out this Team Beta video blog: Connect Iowa: Team Beta Broadband Robots from Connected Nation on Vimeo. For more information on Team Beta, you can check out their website at...

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