Validating Iowa’s Broadband Service

Contributor: Layne Wagner We hope you enjoyed our blog yesterday about the different broadband delivery methods.  If you haven’t checked it out, do so now!  Today, we’re looking at how our team goes about validating the different broadband methods to provide more accurate, useful mapping of broadband availability. Validation Our team of engineers verifies each of these platforms by going …

Connect Iowa Spotlights E-Learning

Contributor: Dev Joshi Broadband is playing an important role in modern education, connecting students with some of the world’s best teachers while allowing educators to expand their teaching far beyond the classroom walls. Amy Kuhlers, Connect Iowa’s State Program Manager, was in Altoona last Friday at IACON, Iowa’s premier distance learning conference hosted by the Iowa Association for Communication Technology …

Broadband Internet Access Basics

Contributor: Layne Wagner We talk a lot about broadband and bringing it to more homes, businesses, and communities across the nation.  But do you know the different delivery methods for making that access and adoption possible?  If not, don’t worry, you’re not alone.   DSL, Wi-Fi, and Cable are terms that might look a little strange to someone who isn’t …

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 …