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Gov. Reynolds Announces Significant Assistance for Iowa Applicants Seeking Federal Broadband Investment

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that Iowa applicants applying for the USDA “ReConnect” Grant Program will have a significant advantage in the application process due to the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative and Iowa’s comprehensive plan for broadband internet expansion.

In December 2018, USDA announced the “ReConnect Program,” which will support broadband with $600 Million in grants and loans for unserved rural areas that do not currently have sufficient access to broadband. To be eligible for the ReConnect Program, applicants must provide broadband service to eligible rural areas with a population of 20,000 or fewer. To locate areas in Iowa that Federal law designates as “rural,” please review the Mapping Tool at http://reconnect.usda.gov. That communication can be viewed here.  

The USDA will award applications up to 150 points for a number of different criteria. With the Governor’s signed letter articulating Iowa’s qualifications, applicants will be awarded an extra 20 scoring points on their application by the USDA – giving them a greater chance of approval by the USDA. Read a sample letter from Gov. Reynolds here.

“Improving broadband internet access continues to be a top priority because it allows our rural communities to thrive. The Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative along with our focus on broadband internet will put Iowa on the map as a hub for rural connectivity,” said Gov. Reynolds. “By leveraging state, federal, and private resources, we can open the door for even more innovation and breakthroughs.”

“Making broadband a top priority not only means leveraging state dollars, but actively pursuing federal grants that can be used for our benefit,” said Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg. “Through the Governor’s action today and through our focus on empowering rural Iowa, we are taking concrete steps to connect communities by giving these applicants a significant advantage when applying for federal funding.”

To complete an application for USDA ReConnect and maximize your scoring potential, you must submit a map showing the U.S. Census Blocks in which you are proposing to provide service. This map will be Certified and returned by the Office of the Chief Information Officer, with a letter from the Governor.

Tags:  Broadband  Governor Reynolds  ReConnect  USDA 

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Still Time to Register for Next Week's Broadband Conference

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The 8th Annual IAMU Municipal Broadband Conference is next week, March 13 and 14, at the Holiday Inn & Suites – Des Moines-Northwest, 4800 Merle Hay Road. The annual event is filled with educational workshop sessions and networking opportunities.

NEW FOR 2019: The Customer Service Boot Camp – Pivot Group will conduct a day-long Customer Service Boot Camp for all customer contact personnel on March 13.

For more information about the event or to register, click here.

Tags:  Broadband  Broadband Conference 

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Registration for the 2019 Municipal Broadband Conference is Still Open!

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The 8th Annual IAMU Municipal Broadband Conference is scheduled for March 13 and 14 at the Holiday Inn & Suites – Des Moines-Northwest, 4800 Merle Hay Road. The annual event is filled with educational workshop sessions and networking opportunities.

NEW FOR 2019: The Customer Service Boot Camp – Pivot Group will conduct a day-long Customer Service Boot Camp for all customer contact personnel on March 13.

For more information about the event or to register, click here.

Tags:  Broadband  Broadband Conference  Customer Service Boot Camp  Pivot Group 

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Registration for the 2019 Municipal Broadband Conference is Now Open

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The 8th Annual IAMU Municipal Broadband Conference is scheduled for March 13 and 14 at the Holiday Inn & Suites – Des Moines-Northwest, 4800 Merle Hay Road. The annual event is filled with educational workshop sessions and networking opportunities.

NEW FOR 2019: The Customer Service Boot Camp – Pivot Group will conduct a day-long Customer Service Boot Camp for all customer contact personnel on March 13.

For more information about the event or to register, click here.

Tags:  Broadband  Broadband Conference  Customer Service Boot Camp  Pivot Group 

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2019 Broadband Conference is March 13th & 14th

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The 2019 IAMU Broadband Conference is March 13 & 14 at the Holiday Inn and Suites on Merle Hay Road in Des Moines. Registration for exhibiting vendors is now open.  Attendee registration is coming soon. To register as a sponsor, click here.

Vendors are encouraged to register soon in order to secure a space on the exhibit hall. In addition to tabletop exhibits, vendors can also reserve a Gold or Silver Sponsorship for increased exposure. Details on the various sponsorships are included in the Vendor Brochure.

Tags:  Broadband  Broadband Conference 

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