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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
Interim 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 #007 - Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program (ARPA Cornonavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds) 
(Application Acceptance Window Open)
OFFICIAL NOTICE: October 25, 2021. The Office of the Chief Information Officer has opened the Application Acceptance Window for Notice of Funding Availability #007 making available up to $200 million in federal American Rescue Plan Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to expand access to broadband in Iowa. The Application Acceptance Window for this opportunity will close on November 22, 2021, at 5:00 PM CST. Click here for detailed 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 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. September 14, 2021. The Office of the Chief Information Officer ("Office") has published decisions in connection with map appeals to State of Iowa Broadband Availability Map V4. Map appeal decisions can be found 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 November 27, 2021 at 12:10pm.