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Broadband Availability Map - Version 5

Official Publication of Statewide Broadband Availability Map Version 5 ("Map v5")
***Challenge Window CLOSED***

OFFICIAL NOTICE: August 2, 2022

Today, the State of Iowa Department of Management Office of the Chief Information Officer ("OCIO" or "Office") published the Statewide Broadband Availability Map version 5 ("Map v5"). Map v5 is designed to facilitate decisions concerning future spending under federally-funded broadband programs. Because Map v5 does not use the tiered structure envisioned by Iowa Code chapter 8B and because future federally-funded grant opportunities made available by the Office in accordance with Map v5 will not conform to Iowa Code chapter 8B, the map challenge process envisioned under Iowa Code section 8B.10 does not apply. However, the Office is making available a challenge process to allow public input into whether the map accurately reflects broadband coverage as of August 2, 2022 (the "As Of" date of Map v5).  This page offers the following information:

Learn About the Map

The Office utilizes maps and data sources made available by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and/or developed or produced by contractors or third parties retained or utilized by the Office. These maps and corresponding data sources represent the status of Broadband in Iowa on the As Of date as reported by Communication Service Providers in Iowa. NOTE: Unlike prior broadband coverage maps, Map v5 identifies broadband coverage by individual address locations, making Map v5 far more granular than prior maps that displayed eligibility at the census block level.

Every address location on Map v5 reflects a preliminary eligibility determination  of ‘likely eligible’ or ‘likely ineligible.’ This status is based solely on speed, technology type, or previous incentive and is a prospective estimate of potential eligibility under various federal programs.

Preliminary Eligibility Determinations - Definitions
Likely Eligible* Broadband service below 100 mbps down / 20 mbps up (excluding satellite, mobile wireless, and fixed wireless) with no disqualifying prior state or federal incentive.
Likely Ineligible Broadband service greater than or equal to 100 mbps down / 20 mbps up (excluding satellite, mobile wireless, and fixed wireless) and/or with disqualifying prior state or federal incentive.
* See Special Statement of Broadband Map v5 and Federal Program Eligibility

The final eligibility determination of any particular address location is contingent on the requirements associated with the federal funding being used to fund future Notices of Funding Availability ("NOFAs") and will be established at a later time. Accordingly, final eligibility determinations are subject to change over time and may deviate from the “likely eligible” and “likely ineligible” preliminary determinations set forth on Map v5. In addition, eligibility designations in no way guarantee facilitation of service in the future through state- or federally-funded broadband builds.

Broadband Map v5 Overview Video (YouTube)

Learn About the Public Challenge Process

On August 2, 2022, the Office posted the final version of Broadband Availability Map v5 and opened a 30-calendar-day challenge window wherein anyone aggrieved or adversely affected by mapping determinations may challenge the Office's final determination of whether service at a particular address location is accurately reflected and/or whether an address location is geographically located on Map v5. The Office also reserves the right to challenge provider reported data to the extent that any provider reported data appears faulty.

Challenges to the Map are address location-based. The Map no longer reflects service on a census block level. Challenges to Map v5 will be based on presence or reliability of service and/or speed at an address location. Challengers will be required to provide for every location challenged an address and corresponding IA Location ID, to the extent an IA Location ID is available on the map. Challenges without this information may not be evaluated.

The Map may be challenged by communities, communication service providers, or residents. Residents challenging the map must be residents of the State of Iowa, reporting the conditions of service at their place of residence or business. Communities include city/county governments, school districts, consortia of political subdivisions, non-profit organizations representing communities, and regional entities. Communication Service Providers include entities that provide broadband service. Only one challenge form may be submitted per communication service provider or per community

Map Challenge Instructions
For Residents
For Communities and Communication Service Providers

Overview (Start Here)

Watch Overview Video For Resident Challenges (Link opens YouTube).
Watch Overview Video for Community and Communication Service Provider Challenges (Link opens YouTube).  


Download Challenge Instructions for Residents.

Download Challenge Instructions for Community and Communication Service Provider.

Report inaccurate speed or service availability information.

If the speed and service availability reported for your address location is incorrect, use the challenge form provided in the map below by clicking "Report Incorrect Speed Information" in the pop up window above your location (see Instructions).

Download Excel Challenge Form (submit data in "Challenge Form" tab)
Report a missing address location on the map.
You can report an address issue if you are unable to find your address location on the map.

Download Excel Challenge Form (submit data in "Location Not Present on Map" tab)
Supplemental Templates

Sworn Statement / Survey Template
Challenges Due
September 2, 2022
September 2, 2022
How to Submit Challenges?
Challenges to service speed and availability are submitted within the map below. If your address location is not present on the map, submit your challenge by clicking here to report the problem.
Submit challenge form and supplemental evidence to ociogrants@iowa.gov.
How to Get Help?
Contact ociogrants@iowa.gov or call (515) 218-1413
Contact ociogrants@iowa.gov or call (515) 218-1413


Challenges Received

Challenges received by the Office and challenge decisions are posted at https://ocio.iowa.gov/broadband-availability-map-version-5-challenge-process.

View the Map

Broadband Map v5 is provided below. Click "Open Map in New Window" to see a larger view of the map.

Open Map in New Window

Printed from the Office of the Chief Information Officer website on January 29, 2023 at 8:00am.