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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 intiatives, 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. In April 2019, 7 communication service providers were awarded $1.3 million in funds to develop broadband service in unserved and underserved areas of the State of Iowa.

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
ociogrants@iowa.gov

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

On September 20, 2019, the Office issued the official publication of version 2 ( “V2” ) of the Broadband Availability Map. This map represents locations in the State of Iowa where broadband exists and is routinely updated by the Office of the Chief Information Officer. The most recent version of the map was adopted and published online on September 20, 2019. Mapping of broadband in the State of Iowa is established per United States Census Block. Census blocks within which no communications service provider offers or facilitates broadband service at or above the download and upload speeds identified by the federal communications commission pursuant to section 706 of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, as amended, are designated Targeted Service Areas by the State of Iowa. Targeted Service Areas are those United States Census Blocks that are eligible to receive incentives under State of Iowa broadband programs. The data the State of Iowa uses to determine whether an area should be a TSA is published by the FCC semiannually.

When the Office initially published this map, any aggrieved or adversely affected party had twenty (20) days to challenge the Office’s determination; failure to do so within that period rendered the Office’s determination as represented on the Map final and no longer subject to challenge, see Iowa Admin. Code r. 129—20.4(3). Pursuant to Iowa Admin. Code r. 129—20.5(3), on October 11, 2019, the Office posted the notices of appeal and related evidence and information that were received to https://ocio.iowa.gov/broadband. Pursuant to Iowa Admin. Code r. 129—20.5(3), from the date of such posting, any affected persons or parties have 20 calendar days to submit evidence and information in support of, or in opposition to, such appeals. Four appeals were received, located here. In accordance with Iowa Admin. Code r. 129—20.5(4), the Office subsequently conducted an internal review of all evidence and information received during relevant submission windows. In accordance with Iowa Admin. Code r. 129—20.5(5), on November 25, 2019, the Office posted its final, written agency decisions stating the reasons for the Office’s decisions concerning the census block(s) forming the basis of appeals received by the office, located here, under the column entitled “Appeal Decision.” The final agency decision shall become final unless within 30 days of such posting an appellant or an affected person or party that submitted evidence in support of, or in opposition to, the appeal files a request for a contested case proceeding pursuant to rule 129—20.6(8B,427).


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 July 04, 2020 at 2:00pm.