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Blog // Connect Iowa

The COGs of the Iowa Broadband Wheel

By Jeremy Thacker

Iowa is getting Connected at full-throttle! Thanks to our partnership with the Iowa Association of Regional Councils (IARC), more than two dozen Connected kickoffs have now been held in all corners of the state. “The goal of this project is really to educate our communities and to promote broadband and increase access and adoption throughout Iowa,” says IARC Executive Director Nichole Warren. “We’re working with our member local governments to identify a community champion, community leaders, and really help our member local governments create and establish technology committees within their counties and cities to promote broadband.” Iowa’s...

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New Money Available for Rural Broadband Expansion

By Jeremy Thacker

Rural residents may see new Internet service coming their way thanks to grant money from the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Rural Development division just announced more than $10.3 million will be distributed among high-speed Internet providers. Interested providers must apply for the Community Connect grant program before June 18. The program already has several success stories to share, like the Tatitlek community on the Prince William Sound in Alaska. They are the kind of stories that are the reason Connect Iowa exists and why we’re working hard for the expansion of broadband access, adoption, and use across the state...

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The $300,000 Advantage

By CIA Staff

Today, Connect Iowa released its 2012 Jobs & Broadband Report, and the message was clear: Iowa businesses that use broadband continue to grow and hire at a pace that exceeds their competitors on the wrong side of the digital divide. Our organization has been a leader in voicing the need for greater broadband access, adoption, and use. This new study further shows the importance of our work and the need to connect more businesses across our great state. The numbers speak for themselves: Businesses using broadband in Iowa bring in $300,000 yearly in additional revenue in comparison to their competitors without broadband. About 43,000 Iowa...

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