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Blog // Connect Iowa

Iowa Broadband Proves Worth the Cost

By CIA Staff

Contributor: Dev Joshi, Research Analyst Iowans are ahead of the national curve in realizing that broadband is worth the added cost! Broadband subscribers can save time and money by completing numerous activities online, such as communicating by e-mail, applying or searching for jobs, purchasing goods or services, paying bills, and reading news, to name a few. In 2011, Connected Nation found that nearly two-thirds (65%) of adults subscribe to home broadband service, representing an estimated 154 million adults in the US. In Iowa, nearly two out of three adults (63%) subscribe to home broadband service. This equates to nearly 1.5 million Iowa...

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TechBrew gives local technology enthusiasts chance to exchange ideas and network

By CIA Staff

Contributor: Amanda Laverman Every week the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) offers a TechBrew. These informal gatherings give local entrepreneurs, teachers, students, business professionals and other technologists the chance to meet up. Over casual drinks and food, participants share stories, ideas, job opportunities and discuss issues facing the technology world. Local technology professionals in attendance rely heavily on high bandwidth and speedy broadband connections to complete their work. Problems they see facing Iowa are: having more options in providers, having enough bandwidth available, and the lack of connections available...

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STEM Activists Ready to Meet 2013 Challenges

By CIA Staff

Contributor: By Amanda Laverman A working group composed of broadband and education leaders is kicking off 2013 with new goals to improve Iowa’s education system. The group met earlier this month to decide what to tackle through the state’s STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) program. These observations and suggestions will then be passed on to the STEM Advisory Council. The group concluded there were two major challenges facing the Iowa Education system: 1. Ensuring teachers can teach in 21st century modality 2. Providing broadband that connects learners locally, nationally and globally While the meeting focused on the...

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