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Blog // Connect Iowa

Governor Branstad Recognizes Urbandale as Eighth Certified Connected Community

By Sarah Hagen

On December 17, Governor Branstad, Connected Nation President Tom Ferree, and local officials recognized Urbandale for becoming Connect Iowa’s eighth Certified Connected Community in the state and completing its technology action plan. The City of Urbandale and the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce worked to move this initiative forward. “We are pleased about Connect Iowa's effort and the collaboration it has engendered among the different agencies throughout the region,” said Branstad. "Lt. Governor Reynolds and I are passionate about increasing access, adoption, and the use of broadband technology in Iowa. I commend Urbandale on...

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Lantern Live, A Mobile App for Disasters

By Sarah Hagen

An article from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy discusses a new app, Lantern Live, which addresses some of the immediate concerns of survivors in the wake of disaster. Before the advent of Lantern Live, few ways existed to evaluate simple necessities such as which gas stations were available for fueling after a disaster. In order to address this problem, “the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)… announced the launch of Lantern Live – a mobile app that allows users in disaster-affected areas to report on the status of local gas stations, find fuel, and easily look up power outage maps from local utilities. Lantern Live is...

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FirstNet Looking to the Skies to Cover Hard to Reach Areas

By Sarah Hagen

In an article in Via Satellite FirstNet officials discussed the possibility of using satellite technology to cover areas that are hard to reach terrestrially. According to the Via Satellite article, the FirstNet initiative was established in “2012, from the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act” where “the U.S. government intends to provide interoperable communications services through FirstNet using nationwide 700 MHz spectrum. The law that created FirstNet demands that the network’s minimum technical requirements are based on the commercial standards for Long Term Evolution (LTE) service”. While it is clear that “Terrestrial...

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FCC Increases Broadband Speed Target

By Connected Nation

Yesterday, the FCC voted to increase the national broadband availability target from 4 Mbps down/1 Mbps up to 10 Mbps down/1 Mbps up fixed. It could mean that faster Internet speeds will be coming sooner to communities across the nation.  Our efforts in Connected Nation states has brought quality broadband to more homes, schools, and businesses -- but as the graph below shows, there is still work to be done to meet these new goals.  Affordable, fast, Internet is bringing new opportunities and prosperity to underserved areas across the nation, and our teams are leading the way to bridge the digital divide.  Want to learn more...

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