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 …

A Fast Start to 2012!

The new year is only eleven days old and our team is already making great strides toward further bridging the digital divide in 2012! Yesterday, Amy Kuhlers, Corey Johns, and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) hosted our initial Connect Iowa advisory committee meeting in which they discussed the history of broadband expansion in the state, and the plan for …

Here Comes Santa Claus: The Jolly Old Man’s Broadband Blip

Santa Claus is coming to town. And now, thanks to broadband, you’ll know exactly when to expect him! Jolly Old St. Nick is preparing the sleigh for his big night of round-the-world work. And, as soon as he takes to the sky, you’ll be able to track his travel with military precision. NORAD is the military organization responsible for the …

Your Computer Skills Help Lighten the Tax Load

You have the power to help make the IRS experience a lot less taxing this year. The Internal Revenue Service is looking for volunteers to assist in preparing tax returns for 2011 at various sponsored sites throughout the state. It’s called the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Individuals with good computer skills are especially needed to assist in preparing …

How Technology is Fostering Unconventional Alternatives in Education

The Wall Street Journal produced an informative article on current trends in telelearning. More kids than ever before are attending school from their living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens. The result: A radical rethinking of how education works. An excerpt from the story is below: It was nearing lunchtime on a recent Thursday, and ninth-grader Noah Schnacky of Windermere, Fla., really …

Broadband mapping of Iowa to begin

By David DeWitte/The Gazette (Cedar Rapids) A $1.7 million federal grant announced Thursday will kickstart a two-year process of mapping broadband access in Iowa.Link to article here.   

Iowa lands $2.2 million grant for broadband mapping, planning

January 5, 2010By Urgent CommunicationsThe state of Iowa recently was awarded a match grant of approximately $2.2 million from the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to support a comprehensive broadband mapping and planning initiative through the Connect Iowa program. Connect Iowa is a partnership between the Iowa Broadband Deployment Governance Board, the Iowa Utilities Board andConnected Nation to …

Connected Nation Previews Interactive Broadband Mapping Tool at Technology Policy Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Andy Blair from George Washington University asks Connected Tennessee’s Michael Ramage for more detail about interactive broadband coverage maps while Sabrina Matteson, a representative from the American Farm Bureau Federation, observes the presentation. Connected Nation, in conjunction with ESRI, a market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, showcased its jointly developed new interactive mapping tool for viewing, analyzing, and validating …