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Blog // Connect Iowa

Connect Iowa Releases Updated Broadband Availability Estimates

By Ashley Littell

Connect Iowa has released broadband availability estimates at the statewide and county levels using the most recently published 2010 Census household data. These availability estimates reveal that 2.4% of Iowa households do not have access to basic broadband service of at least 768 Kbps downstream and 200 Kbps upstream. In addition, the data show that 7.5% of Iowa households do not have access to higher speeds of at least 3 Mbps downstream and 768 Kbps upstream. Broadband data gathered and submitted to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for inclusion on the National Broadband Map in October 2011 were used...

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Broadband Map Goes Mobile

By Jeremy Thacker

  Great news today in our efforts to bridge the digital divide: We now have the ability to access the national broadband map on mobile devices! What does it mean for Connect Iowa? As we work with communities, organizations, and local providers to assess broadband needs, we use the national broadband map to help examine what areas lack availability and how we, along with our partners, can go about bringing more broadband options to those areas.  We're also very excited about our efforts to help build this map by contributing our own research and data to the project. We encourage you to check out the new functionality at www....

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Connect America Fund FAQ's Answered

By Phillip Brown

In the short time since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order that begins reforming the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) by creating the Connect America Fund and phasing out the existing High-Cost Fund, Connected Nation has noticed a big increase in the interest among Connected Nation stakeholders in the broadband mapping process and how Connected Nation’s broadband data (which is submitted for use in the National Broadband Map) might be a factor in USF broadband deployment funding. To be sure, the National Broadband Map’s underlying data (and the data submissions Connected Nation provides for that)...

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Connect Iowa and IARC Join Forces for Local Impact

By Jeremy Thacker

Leaders from across Iowa are back home this week with a critical new mission: Revive their communities through broadband expansion. Members of Councils of Governments (COGs) from across the state are now taking charge of bringing broadband to their communities. They took part in an intensive training last week on all things Internet. Connect Iowa in partnership with the Iowa Association of Regional Councils (IARC) offered the so-called “broadband university”. Participants got a crash course on how to begin broadband expansion at their local level through Connect Iowa’s new “Connected” community certification program. “Connect Iowa’s...

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