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The State of Iowa Office of the Chief Information Officer administers broadband programs designed to increase access to high-speed Internet services in underserved and unserved areas of the State of Iowa. Three main programs are coordinated by the Office to support broadband initiatives, each of which is described below. Inquiries concerning the programs can be directed electronically to ociogrants@iowa.gov or through U.S. Mail to the following address:

Matt Behrens
Deputy Chief Information Officer
State of Iowa
200 East Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309

Broadband Grants Program

The Office of the Chief Information Officer administers a broadband grant program designed to reduce or eliminate unserved and underserved areas in the state, leveraging federal funds and public and private partnerships where possible, by awarding grants to communications service providers that install broadband infrastructure that facilitates broadband service in targeted service areas. Details concerning the prior grant awards and upcoming grant program can be found on the Broadband Grants page. 

OFFICIAL NOTICE. June 11, 2021.  The Office has released a pre-publication notice for Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) #006 which will make available $97,500,000 in state funds to Communication Service Providers who facilitate broadband service in Iowa consistent with the requirements of the program. This pre-publication notice allows prospective Applicants to consult the materials associated with NOFA #006 and contact the Office during the Question and Answer period regarding the scope, interpretation, application, or contents of the NOFA in preparation for submitting an Application. This pre-publication notice does not commence the Application Acceptance Window for NOFA #006 which is planned to begin on July 1, 2021. Click here to view the pre-publication notice.

USDA ReConnect Letters of Support

The Office of the Chief Information Officer is available to assist USDA ReConnect Applicants receive letters of support from the State of Iowa relating to projects areas within the State for which USDA grant, loan, and grant+loan applications are being submitted. Please contact the following person for assistance:

Jessica Turba
200 East Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309

Broadband Property Tax Exemption Certification

Property tax exemptions are available to eligible telecommunications providers who install qualifying broadband services in Target Service Areas. For more information about the Property Tax Exemption Certification Program, follow the steps below:

Broadband Map

OFFICIAL NOTICE. October 28, 2020. The Office of the Chief Information Officer ("Office") has released the final adopted State of Iowa Broadband Availability Map Version 3.  The final adopted map identifies the locations and availability of broadband service in the State of Iowa as reported to the Office by Communication Service Providers across the State of Iowa as of July 31, 2020. The final map is the result of an information gathering process that collected broadband availability data from across the State of Iowa and also gathered comments from the public concerning the accuracy of the data reported. Members of the public, including individuals, businesses, and communication service providers were invited to submit comments regarding the accuracy of the data presented on the map from September 4 through September 21, 2020. 

The final version of Broadband Availability Map Version 3 is available here.

Map Appeals Received and Appeal Decisions are available hereAs required by IAC 129—20.5(5), decisions are further posted below:

Previous Incentives Awarded

The map below shows all areas of the State of Iowa that have previously received incentives under Iowa's Broadband programs

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Printed from the Office of the Chief Information Officer website on June 19, 2021 at 6:58am.