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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. October 23, 2020. The Office of the Chief Information Officer hereby issues Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program Notice of Funding Availability #004 making available $4,950,000 in state funds to Communication Service Providers in Iowa. Click here for more information about this opportunity.

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 (Anticipated October 28, 2020)

The Office of the Chief Information Officer ("Office") plan to release the final adopted State of Iowa Broadband Availability Map Version 3 on October 28, 2020.  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. 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 anticipated to be released on October 28, 2020 and will be posted here.

Previous Incentives Awarded

The following map shows the areas of the State of Iowa that have previously received incentives under Iowa's Broadband programs. Although incentives have been provided by the State, some projects may still be in active development. Inquiries concerning prior grant awards can be directed to the contact information provided above.

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Printed from the Office of the Chief Information Officer website on October 26, 2020 at 5:59pm.