The Office of the Chief Information Officer ("OCIO" or "Office") recently 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 the publication date of Map v5 (the "As Of" date of Map v5).
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. Unlike prior broadband coverage maps, Map v5 identifies broadband coverage by individual locations, making Map v5 far more granular than prior maps that displayed eligibility at the census block level.