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Blog // Connect Iowa

Validating Iowa’s Broadband Service

By CIA Staff

Contributor: Layne Wagner We hope you enjoyed our blog yesterday about the different broadband delivery methods.  If you haven't checked it out, do so now!  Today, we're looking at how our team goes about validating the different broadband methods to provide more accurate, useful mapping of broadband availability. Validation Our team of engineers verifies each of these platforms by going out into the field with tools, test equipment and data.  We spend countless hours determining how accurately each platform is represented in Iowa.  This process is known as “provider validation.” To see an example of a typical Connected...

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Connect Iowa Spotlights E-Learning

By CIA Staff

Contributor: Dev Joshi Broadband is playing an important role in modern education, connecting students with some of the world’s best teachers while allowing educators to expand their teaching far beyond the classroom walls. Amy Kuhlers, Connect Iowa’s State Program Manager, was in Altoona last Friday at IACON, Iowa’s premier distance learning conference hosted by the Iowa Association for Communication Technology and the Iowa Distance Learning Association. Discussing broadband’s role in education, Kuhlers said: “Distance learning is no longer the exception, but the rule.  Education, whether it be for students in the K-12 to university...

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Broadband Internet Access Basics

By CIA Staff

Contributor: Layne Wagner We talk a lot about broadband and bringing it to more homes, businesses, and communities across the nation.  But do you know the different delivery methods for making that access and adoption possible?  If not, don't worry, you're not alone.   DSL, Wi-Fi, and Cable are terms that might look a little strange to someone who isn't paying close attention.  Want to know the differences between broadband delivery methods?  The following is a list of the major broadband delivery methods and how they work: Cable - In the mid 1990’s cable TV operators began upgrading their equipment to support...

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FCC Calls on Education Tech Leaders to Move Learning Forward Using Digital Tools

By CIA Staff

From Ted Gotsch, Senior Editor, Telecommunications Reports   On Thursday, March 29, 2012, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Education Secretary Arne Duncan kicked off the first meeting of the newly-assembled Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission by charging its members to push forward with assembling a plan to move towards the use to digital textbooks so that the U.S. can create a workforce for the future that can compete globally for the jobs of tomorrow. Speaking to top executives with telecom, technology, and education companies who make up the LEAD Commission, both Chairman Genachowski and Secretary Duncan...

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