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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
Chief Information Officer
State of Iowa
200 East Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309

Digital Services Town Hall Meetings - March - May, 2023. The Department of Management, Office of the Chief Information Officer is excited to announce more than 50 public town hall style meetings to get feedback from everyday Iowans on digital services, including broadband, in their area. We want to hear  from Iowans of all walks of life on how they use the internet and digital services in general. If you ever felt like the digital world is passing you by, for whatever reason, this is your chance to speak up and help Iowa identify ways to help you and your community. Click here to see the meeting schedule.

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.

Broadband Intervention Zones. The Department of Management, Office of the Chief Information Officer ("OCIO") has announced 96 Broadband Intervention Zones to be used to prioritize future broadband funding. View more about Broadband Intervention Zones.

Confidentiality of Public Records

In order to request confidentiality of a document submitted to the OCIO, a Form 22 must be filled out and submitted to the Office. Please review Iowa Code Chapter 22 and Iowa Administrative Code rule 129—20.5 prior to submitting this form.

Dig Once Program

The Office of the Chief Information Officer operates the State of Iowa Fiber Optic Network Conduit Installation Program under Iowa Code Chapter 8B.25. This program ensures that the opportunity is provided to lay or install fiber optic network conduit where a state-funded construction project involves trenching, boring, a bridge, a roadway, or opening of the ground, or alongside any state-owned infrastructure. View more information on the Dig Once Program.

Affordable Connectivity Program

The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more. The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. View more information on the Affordable Connectivity Program. 

Broadband Map

OFFICIAL NOTICE. August 2, 2022. The Office of the Chief Information Officer ("Office") has released State of Iowa Broadband Availability Map Version 5.  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 August 2, 2022. The map is the result of an information gathering process that collected broadband availability data from across the State of Iowa. View more information about the map.

OFFICIAL NOTICE. Updated December 28, 2022. For Map V5 Challenge Decisions go to https://ocio.iowa.gov/broadband-availability-map-version-5-challenge-process.

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

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 May 29, 2023 at 4:40am.