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

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 …

Technology Springboards Newton’s Economy

The town of Newton is about an hour east of busy Des Moines. And, as our Connect Iowa team discovered on a recent stop, the town is already a true technology success story with even more opportunity in the works! Mayor Chaz Allen is a member of the Connect Iowa Advisory Committee and is gearing up for his county’s official …

Connect Iowa Releases USF Mobility Fund Eligibility Maps & Analysis

Ensuring ubiquitous availability of next-generation mobile broadband networks is critical to economic development and growth. Recognizing this importance, the Federal Communications Commission later this year will distribute $300 million in subsidies to support the construction of high-speed mobile broadband networks in areas that do not currently have mobile broadband access. Today, Connect Iowa is releasing an analysis of the FCC’s …

Broadband Ready to ‘Grow Iowa’

High-speed Internet is the key to the future. That’s one of the main messages participants are taking home this week from this year’s Grow Iowa Day at the state capitol. Connect Iowa Program Manager Amy Kuhlers was at the annual event to present the initiative and its mission of broadband access, adoption, and use to state legislators. The four-hour event …

Broadband Map Goes Mobile

  Great news today in our efforts to bridge the digital divide: We now have the ability to access the national broadband map on mobile devices! What does it mean for Connect Iowa? As we work with communities, organizations, and local providers to assess broadband needs, we use the national broadband map to help examine what areas lack availability and …

Connect Iowa Releases Updated Broadband Availability Estimates

Connect Iowa has released broadband availability estimates at the statewide and county levels using the most recently published 2010 Census household data. These availability estimates reveal that 2.4% of Iowa households do not have access to basic broadband service of at least 768 Kbps downstream and 200 Kbps upstream. In addition, the data show that 7.5% of Iowa households do …

Connect America Fund FAQ’s Answered

In the short time since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order that begins reforming the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) by creating the Connect America Fund and phasing out the existing High-Cost Fund, Connected Nation has noticed a big increase in the interest among Connected Nation stakeholders in the broadband mapping process and how Connected Nation’s broadband data (which is …

Connect Iowa and IARC Join Forces for Local Impact

Leaders from across Iowa are back home this week with a critical new mission: Revive their communities through broadband expansion. Members of Councils of Governments (COGs) from across the state are now taking charge of bringing broadband to their communities. They took part in an intensive training last week on all things Internet. Connect Iowa in partnership with the Iowa …

The Tech Challenges of 2012

The new year has started fast for our organization, and we’ve already held several great meetings at which we’ve planned for how to bring broadband to more areas of Iowa in 2012.

 We have plenty of work ahead of us, but with strong partners in local providers, government, and small business, we’re confident that this year will see great progress …

New Broadband Advisory Committee Meets

Connect Iowa and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) now have a new broadband advisory committee in place. The committee includes elected officials, public service agency representatives, providers, educators, librarians, and business people. They met for the first time this week in Des Moines to discuss purposes and goals of the Connect Iowa initiative. “The first meeting of the advisory …