Broadband Committee of STEM Advisory Council
Governor's ‘Connect Every Iowan’ Initiative
During the September 9, 2013 press conference, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds unveiled their new “Connect Every Iowan” initiative to increase the access, adoption, and use of broadband technology.
The Governor and Lt. Governor asked the existing STEM Advisory Council’s Broadband Committee to develop legislative recommendations to encourage broadband build-out throughout Iowa, particularly in unserved or underserved areas. As part of that charge, the Committee developed recommendations on how to improve broadband connectivity in Iowa and released the final report to the Governor’s office in late November, 2013. Learn more about the Committee's recommendations here.
The Committee was tasked with development of a long-term strategic plan for broadband by January 1, 2015, and to identify and pursue any possible federal funding opportunities or public private partnerships.