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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. 

Notice of Funding Availability #006 - Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program (Application Window Open Until 5:00 PM CDT, July 28, 2021)
OFFICIAL NOTICE. July 1, 2021. The Office of the Chief Information Officer issued Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) #006 for the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program making available up to $97,500,000.00 for broadband expansion in Iowa, opening the Application Acceptance Window from July 1, 2021 through July 28, 2021 during which time Communication Service Providers may submit Applications for grant funding under the program. This grant round is based on renewed Targeted Service Area determinations published to an updated version of the Statewide Broadband Availability Map V4 published on July 1, 2021 at: https://ocio.iowa.gov/broadband-availability-map-version-4. These determinations and this map identify the geographic areas in the State of Iowa in which grant funds under this program are available. All Applications to this NOFA are required to be submitted electronically through the Iowa Grants System, as part of Funding Opportunity #409811 - Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Program (NOFA #006). 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
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

OFFICIAL NOTICE. July 1, 2021. The Office of the Chief Information Officer ("Office") has released State of Iowa Broadband Availability Map Version 4.  This 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 1, 2021. The map is the result of an information gathering process that collected broadband availability data from across the State of Iowa. Through this official publication, the Office is triggering the window for formal challenges pursuant to Iowa Administrative Code rules 20.4(1)-(3) and 20.5. The challenge window is now closed. For more information about the map, click here.

OFFICIAL NOTICE. July 12, 2021. Appeals received by the Office are located here.


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 August 02, 2021 at 3:25pm.