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Iowa allocates $15 million in CARES Funds to broadband programs

This news story was published on March 22, 2021.
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DES MOINES – Today the state of Iowa has awarded 14 broadband providers with $15,542,302 in Empower Rural Iowa broadband grants made possible through Governor Reynolds allocation of federal CARES funding. These grants will impact 21 Iowa counties and more than 2,800 homes, schools, and businesses.

“The COVID-19 pandemic only underscored the need for fast, reliable, and accessible broadband,” said Gov. Reynolds. “This investment goes directly to projects that are in significant broadband deserts. While today’s allocation will help improve broadband in more communities, we can do better. Iowa must have universal broadband access to compete and succeed in the 21st century, which is why I’m working with the legislature for significant funding over the next three years that will ensure access for all Iowans by 2025.”

This latest grant round shows the demand for broadband grants in Iowa. More than 42 providers applied with applications valued at more than $41 million dollars. That is nearly a three to one ratio of funds requested to funds available. This demand speaks to the need to support and fund broadband infrastructure within Iowa to remain competitive in the post-Covid world.

The $15 million dollars is the remainder of the $50 million in CARES funding Governor Reynolds designated for broadband grants from a previous round of funding. The full list of providers awarded grants can be found by going to

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3 Responses to Iowa allocates $15 million in CARES Funds to broadband programs

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    You have the small companies in north Iowa that have been upgrading their infrastructure through the years. They have had to do it out of their own pockets, then you have a company like the trash pandy provider Mediacom. Their equipment (in terms of said equipment) seems to be from the stone age in a lot of places. Their internet service is up and down more than a teeter-totter.

    Yet, they have virtual monopolies in most areas. They don’t bother to upgrade, now, we the taxpayers get to fund part of it for them. What a crock of crap.

  2. John Reply Report comment

    March 22, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    Wow, that ads up to $5,550.00 per house connected!

  3. John Reply Report comment

    March 22, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Wow, that ads up to $5,551.00 per house connected!