Broadband Lets You Take Advantage of the Holiday Sales Without Leaving Your Home

Why stand in line when you can shop online?For more than half of the households surveyed in Connect Iowa’s 2010 Residential Technology Assessment, shopping online may be the way to go to avoid the long lines on Black Friday. In a survey of 1,200 Iowa adults, 56% reported that they use broadband to shop for goods or services online.This number is very likely …

Internet upgrades keep rural Iowans in loop

By Kyle Munson/Des Moines RegisterAnn Borseth cracks as many as 50 patients’ backs per week in a converted chicken coop that serves as her Country Chiropractic office on her acreage northeast of Truro. High-speed online access has become almost a necessity in her daily life, even in this pastoral rural setting along a gravel road….…The nonprofit Connect Iowa in conjunction …

USDA rural broadband loan program updated

The USDA today released new information for applicants for its broadband loan program for rural areas. The program is designed to provide loans for the costs of construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities and equipment to provide broadband service to eligible rural communities. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA has issued a Notice of Solicitations of Applications and regulations implementing the …

Study: High-speed Internet the connection to greater Iowa revenues

by Donnelle Eller/ Des Moines RegisterIowa businesses with broadband connections are likely to generate more revenue, a new report today shows.Businesses with high-speed Internet connections have median annual revenues of about $600,000, nearly $300,000 more than businesses without broadband, said Connect Iowa, a group partnering with the Iowa Department of Economic Development to inventory and map broadband use.Read more from Study: High-speed …

In Advance of the Ames Straw Poll, Iowans Connect With Their Government Online

By Chris McGovern, Manager of Research Development with Connected Nation   Tomorrow, Republican presidential candidates are going to be reaching out to potential voters at the Ames Straw Poll. While the Straw Poll (which has been called a cross between a “political convention and a county fair”) has been going on for over two decades, a portion of Iowans are using …

230,000 Iowa Residents Telework from Home

By Dev Joshi, Research Analyst at Connected NationBroadband is an important tool that affects how we live, work, and play. For example, according to new research conducted by Connect Iowa, 16% of employed adult Iowans use the Internet to telework instead of commuting – that translates into approximately 230,000 Iowans who go online instead of dealing with the added cost, …

President’s Iowa Stop Spotlights Broadband as a Major Key to Economic Development

President Obama’s three-day bus tour through a handful of Midwest states is now complete. On Tuesday, the President hosted the Rural Economic Forum at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta. That’s where he addressed local farmers, small business owners, private sector leaders, rural organizations, and government officials about ideas and initiatives to promote economic growth, accelerate hiring, and spur innovation …

5 Tips for Securing Your Personal Computer

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month. Below are tips to help you stay safe online:   1. Keep your firewall turned on: Firewalls provide protection against outside attackers by shielding your computer or network from malicious or unnecessary Internet traffic.   2. Always use good passwords for your PC: • Don’t use passwords that are based on personal information that can …

5 Tips for Protecting Your Identity Online

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month. Below are tips to help you stay safe online:   1. Look at a Website’s privacy policy – Before submitting your name, e-mail address, or other personal information on a website, look for the site’s privacy policy.   2. Look for evidence that your information is being encrypted – To protect attackers from hijacking your information, …

Connected Nation Launches Digital Job Training Program Geared to Military Spouses and Veterans

Elizabethtown, Ky. (September 10, 2018) – A pilot program from Connected Nation is now providing digital job and customer service training geared specifically for the unique needs of military spouses and veterans. A press conference was held last week in Elizabethtown to officially announce that Digital Works℠ (DW) classes were being offered near Fort Knox at Elizabethtown Community and Technical …