Approximately one-third of Iowans – more than 680,000 people – do not subscribe to even the slowest definition of broadband service and the state is lagging behind other areas in the midwest.
Today, all of that begins to change.
Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds have announced the launch of the Connect Every Iowan broadband program! The program is a joint initiative to connect every Iowan by increasing access, adoption, and use of broadband technology. The Governor and Lt. Governor have asked the existing STEM Advisory Council’s Broadband Committee to develop legislative recommendations to encourage broadband expansion throughout Iowa, particularly in unserved or underserved areas, and our Connect Iowa team will be offering crucial executive and technical support to the Council!
Governor Branstad’s vision for connecting every Iowan will be crucial to ensuring the global competitiveness of Iowa communities and citizens alike. Working across the state to cultivate an environment friendly to broadband-based growth, we have seen the concrete positive economic impact of increased broadband across all sectors of Iowa’s economy.
We are proud to be part of such an important effort to connect and empower all Iowans.
The committee has also been asked to develop a long-term strategic plan for broadband growth by January 1, 2015. In part, this plan will create the roadmap to pursue all relevant federal funding sources in support of public private partnerships that grow jobs, expand education and healthcare technology, and generally improve the quality of life in every Iowa community.
It’s an exciting day and I hope you’ll help us spread the word by sharing the news with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
Together, we’re connecting Iowa and ushering in a new era of tech-driven prosperity.
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