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Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program Notice of Funding Availability #008

OFFICIAL NOTICE. November 9, 2023. The Department of Management has announced the Notice of Intent to Award for Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) #008 for the Empower Rural Broadband Grant Program making available up to $148,960,000 for broadband expansion in Iowa. This opportunity is now closed. 
The following information concerning DOM Broadband Grant Program Notice of Funding Availability #008 can be found below:

Notice of Funding Availability #008 - Purpose

The purpose of this NOFA is to solicit Applications from Communications Service Providers for Broadband Infrastructure Projects that will have the greatest overall effect of reducing or eliminating Eligible Unserved or Underserved Locations in the State through the installation of Broadband Infrastructure. Funds for this grant round have been allocated from the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) Capital Projects Fund ("CPF") to provide a substantial infusion of resources to help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery

Notice of Funding Availability #008 - Program Design

The funds available for Award under this NOFA is up to $148,960,000 and shall be distributed to Applicants proposing projects that will Facilitate Broadband at 100/100 or faster, or 100/20 or faster in Eligible Service Locations. The total amount of CPF that may be requested may not exceed 80% of the actual or originally estimated (whichever is less) Total Project Costs.

The Agency is seeking proposals from Responsible Applicants to Facilitate broadband service to Eligible Service Locations within the State of Iowa by no later than September 30, 2026. Applications submitted to this NOFA must be designed to provide last-mile broadband service to Eligible Service Locations that: (1) reliably meets or exceeds 100/100 Broadband; or (2) in cases where it is not practicable, because of the excessive cost of the Project, or geography or topography of the area to be served by the Project, to provide Broadband that reliably meets or exceeds 100/20 Broadband. However, 100/20 Broadband Projects must be scalable to 100/100 Broadband within three years of the Project Completion date.

Eligible Service Locations have been determined using Map V5 as locations to which no provider offers service at speeds greater than or equal to 100/20 Broadband consistent with the CPF Guidance established by the U.S. Department of Treasury. The Eligible Service Locations must not have been previously awarded Federal or State broadband incentives for build out greater than 100/20 Broadband.

The scoring rubric has been posted in conjunction with the pre-issuance of the NOFA (see Exhibit A Section 3.2 Scoring Rubric) to allow Applicants to account for the points allotted to each category when determining their Project area(s).

Broadband Intervention Zones

This NOFA gives special consideration to Broadband Intervention Zones (“Zones”) across the State of Iowa. These Zones were established under Invitation to Qualify (“ITQ”) #001, which permitted communities across the State of Iowa to identify areas of critical need for broadband investment. Until now, all NOFA offerings allowed broadband providers to select where they wanted to build based on available DOM mapping data that identified areas lacking broadband. Although this process has resulted in significant buildout throughout the state, there remains a perception that certain areas in the State perpetually go unserved for a variety of reasons. The ITQ attempted to address this perceived problem by affording communities an opportunity to identify geographic areas of concern that both need access to Broadband and are motivated to attract Broadband providers to the area. Broadband Intervention Zones identified through the ITQ process are now being used to prioritize NOFA #008 Broadband application awards.

Ninety-six Zones have been identified. Within each of these Zones, providers that agree to build to 80% or more of the Eligible Service Locations within any Zone will receive additional points and higher levels of state matching funds under this NOFA.  Providers are strongly encouraged to examine the Zones as set forth within the Project Selection Tool.

Applications that propose to Facilitate broadband services to at least 80% of Eligible Service Locations within any Zone will rank higher under this NOFA than any Application that does not.

Notice of Funding Availability #008 - Schedule of Important Dates

The timeline for Notice of Funding Availability #008 including steps and dates, are described below (all dates are subject to change):

NOFA #008 Pre-Publication Notice 6/15/2023
Pre-Application Conference 6/28/2023, 2:00 PM CST
Written Questions Submissions 6/28/2023 - 7/07/2023
Responses Posted By 7/14/2023
Application Acceptance Window Opens 7/14/2023
Application Acceptance Window Closes/Applications Due 8/25/2023, 5:00 PM CST
Application Review Ends 9/26/2023
Applications Posted 9/26/2023
Post-Map V5 Buildout Attestation Form Window Opens 9/26/2023
Post-Map V5 Buildout Attestation Form Window Closes 10/03/2023
Final Agency Decision(s) / Notice of Intent to Award (Tentative) 10/30/2023
Grant Agreement Negotiations and Execution 11/22/2023

Notice of Funding Availability #008 - Applications Recieved

91 applications were deemed submitted in response to NOFA #008. The public, redacted versions of each applications are provided below. In the Application column, click the link to download a zip file containing the public version of that application.  The "Final Disposition" column in the table below indicates the final status of the award. If an applicant received an award from the Agency pursuant to the Notice of Intent To Award for this opportunity upon final issuance, this column will be marked as "Awarded."

Application Control Number
Applicant Name
Application (Click to Download)
Grant Amount Awarded
Final Disposition
523273 Citizens Mutual Telephone Cooperative Citizens Mutual Telephone Cooperative NOFA 8 $20,466,396.77 Awarded
523298 Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative, Inc. Rural Waukon - Not Awarded
523319 Alpine Communications, LC ClayFay 57/47/53 $1,967,960.31 Awarded
523453 Mahaska Communication Group/MCG Mahaska County Broadband Intervention - Not Awarded
523455 Mahaska Communication Group/MCG Mahaska County Broadband Intervention Application ll - Not Awarded
523459 Mahaska Communication Group/MCG Mahaska County Broadband Intervention Application llI - Not Awarded
524149 Minburn Telephone Company Minburn Telephone Company Rural Broadband Expansion Supporting the City of Dallas Center $1,994,072.65 Awarded
524174 Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative, Inc. Dorchester OCIO #8 - Not Awarded
524398 Panora Communications Cooperative Panora Fiber's Central Iowa NOFA 8 Project #1 $1,181,143.50 Awarded
524409 Interstate Cablevision, LLC Interstate Cablevision FTTH Rural Broadband Expansion-NOFA#8 $3,988,276.02 Awarded
524505 Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association Rural Webster County Broadband Expansion $1,329,294.09 Awarded
524522 Sharon Telephone Company Sharon Telephone BIZ 10 and 82 NOFA #8 $1,842,400.00 Awarded
524624 STS Broadband LLC NOFA 8 - Bix6 - Not Awarded
524794 Casey Mutual Telephone Co Casey Mutual BIZ2-4 Fiber Project $4,798,582.22 Awarded
524928 Premier Communications, Inc. NOFA 008 - BIZ 31 Application $3,796,722.13 Awarded
525226 Prairieburg Telephone Company, Inc Walker and Northeast Monti $2,441,026.52 Awarded
525289 Colo Telephone Colo Telephone NOFA8 $2,506,676.89 Awarded
525530 Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone Company NOFA 8 ITQ 59 Dunlap Area - Not Awarded
525551 Mediacom LLC NOFA008 - Mediacom $19,162,799.31 Awarded
525566 La Motte Telephone Company NOFA 8 - Highway 52 Bellevue Dubuque Iowa - Not Awarded
525649 Indianola Municipal Utilities IMU Fiber NOFA 8 - Not Awarded
525806 Long Lines Whiting and West Onawa - Not Awarded
525831 coon valley cooperative telephone association inc. Broadband Intervention Zone #42 $2,261,235.24 Awarded
525844 Long Lines Salix, Sloan and Albaton $4,138,479.51 Awarded
525911 Cascade Communications Company Cascade Comm Rural FTTH Expansion - Not Awarded
525980 Midwest Data Center MDC Zone 40 Fiber Project $3,526,432.73 Awarded
525981 Midwest Data Center MDC Zone 60 Fiber Project - Not Awarded
526127 La Porte City Telephone Company LPC NW - 506545 $4,578,021.27 Awarded
526421 Internet Consulting Services ICS- BIZ 507563 - Not Awarded
526451 Kalona Cooperative Telephone Co HENRY COUNTY $3,120,782.33 Awarded
526514 Panora Communications Cooperative Panora Fiber's Central Iowa NOFA 8 Project #2 - Not Awarded
526576 Harmony Telephone Company Central Howard County FTTP (BIZ 68, 88, 91) - Not Awarded
526596 Quick Current Iowa LLC QCIA-ICFP - Not Awarded
526659 Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative $282,611.67 Awarded
526706 WTC Communications, Inc. WTC Communications Rural Fiber II Project - Not Awarded
526721 Hawkeye Interconnect Company NOFA 008 1 Gbps And Beyond Fiber-to-the- Home (FTTH) Expansion $5,389,058.42 Awarded
526781 Windstream Services, LLC Windstream-NOFA 008-BIZ28 - Not Awarded
526782 Waverly Utilities Waverly Communications Utility NOFA8 - Not Awarded
526791 Kalona Cooperative Telephone Co Louisa County - Not Awarded
526792 Cloudburst9 LLC Washington County - Not Awarded
526906 Western Iowa Telephone Association WiaTel NOFA #008 Application - Not Awarded
526917 Wellman Cooperative Telephone Association Wellman Cooperative Telephone Association $2,698,551.00 Awarded
526936 Prairieburg Telephone Company, Inc Rural Monticello - Not Awarded
526946 Cedar Communications Fiber Project - NOFA 8 $3,256,229.10 Awarded
526965 BTC, Inc. BTC Inc. - Schleswig $158,010.46 Awarded
526966 BTC, Inc. BTC Inc - Carroll Denison Vail Areas $262,358.37 Awarded
526985 Jefferson Telephone Company 512252-Empower Rural Iowa-NOFA #008 $2,254,717.44 Awarded
527007 Woolstock Mutual Telephone Association WMTel Fiber Expansion - Not Awarded
527024 Omnitel Communications, INC. OmniTel FTTH Rural Broadband Expansion-NOFA#8 - Not Awarded
527030 Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone Company of Moulton IA Appanoose County FTTH Expansion $6,864,355.34 Awarded
527033 Harmony Telephone Company South Leroy FTTP (BIZ 89) - Not Awarded
527043 Harmony Telephone Company North Howard County FTTP (BIZ 64) $4,994,158.72 Awarded
527044 Harmony Telephone Company West Freeport FTTP (BIZ 56) - Not Awarded
527045 Harmony Telephone Company Kendalville FTTP (BIZ 63) - Not Awarded
527110 Little Wapsie Communications ITQ 19 - Rural Sumner - Not Awarded
527137 Dunkerton Telephone Cooperative Dunkerton NOFA #008 $211,406.93 Awarded
527155 East Buchanan Telephone Cooperative SE Independence $223,652.09 Awarded
527161 F&B Communications, Inc. F&B Communications FTTH Rural Cedar & Clinton Counties - Not Awarded
527172 East Buchanan Telephone Cooperative Walker-Rowley Rural $937,655.24 Awarded
527173 East Buchanan Telephone Cooperative Buchanan-Delaware County Line $309,013.78 Awarded
527194 Butler-Bremer Mutual Telephone Company Chickasaw County - Rural Nashua - Not Awarded
527219 Little Wapsie Rural Fairbank Project   Not Awarded
527220 Dumont Telephone Company Stout - BIZ 7 $508,072.37 Awarded
527327 Mediapolis Telephone Company MTC NOFA #008 Project $17,280,882.33 Awarded
527373 Butler-Bremer Mutual Telephone Company SW Bremer County - Not Awarded
527395 South Central Communications, Inc. SCC_NOFA008 - Not Awarded
527414 Windstream Services, LLC Windstream_NOFA 008_Maxwell - Not Awarded
527416 Mi-Fiber, LLC MIF_NOFA008 $2,666,804.13 Awarded
527445 Panora Communications Cooperative Panora Fiber's Central Iowa NOFA 8 Project #3 $5,736,431.55 Awarded
527466 West Liberty Telephone Company BIZ #5 NOFA 8 Liberty Communications $1,990,455.46 Awarded
527482 Panora Communications Cooperative Panora Fiber's Central Iowa NOFA 8 Project #4 $959,900.62 Awarded
527491 Panora Communications Cooperative Panora Fiber's Central Iowa NOFA 8 Project #5 - Not Awarded
527513 The Wyoming Mutual Telephone Company NOFA #8 - BIZ 38 $5,925,738.92 Awarded
527528 Panora Communications Cooperative Panora Fiber's Central Iowa NOFA 8 Project #6 - Not Awarded
527531 Lockridge Networks NOFA008 Rural South Central Iowa FTTH $1,526,731.82 Awarded
527549 Board of Water, Electric, and Communications Trustees of the City of Muscatine Iowa MPW Rural Fiber #3 - Not Awarded
527597 Metronet Metronet Fiber for Gilbertville - Not Awarded
527600 C-M-L Telephone Cooperative Association North Cherokee Rural - Not Awarded
527610 Panora Communications Cooperative Panora Fiber's Central Iowa NOFA 8 Project #7 - Not Awarded
527622 Evertek Early Town - Not Awarded
527767 Evertek Schleswig Fiber $347,573.68 Awarded
527777 Mechanicsville Telephone Company NOFA #8 13-30 - Not Awarded
527778 Modern Coop Telephone Company Assistant General Manager-CFO - Not Awarded
527779 Evertek May City Melvin Rural Fiber - Not Awarded
527784 Router12 Networks LLC BGA FTTH Expansion - Nofa8 - Not Awarded
527789 Evertek Hartley Fiber - Not Awarded
527798 Evertek Ida Grove Fiber - Not Awarded
527811 N.E.T. Broadband Holstein North Fiber - Not Awarded
527850 AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC dba Nextlink Internet AMG Technology_BIZ 28 $182,438.11 Awarded
527855 AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC dba Nextlink Internet AMG Technology_BIZ 60 $892,890.99 Awarded

Notice of Funding Availability #008 - Program Documentation

Information concerning the grant application process, including all application materials, agreements, and program information are provided below. All Applications to this NOFA are required to be submitted electronically through the Iowa Grants System, as part of Funding Opportunity #512252. 

Notice of Funding Availability #008 - Instructional Videos for Applicants

The following instructional videos have been published for Applicants who are interested in receiving additional information about the application process under this NOFA. Note: The links below redirect users to YouTube.

Notice of Funding Availability #008 - Project Location Challenge Determinations (Posted as of October 30, 2023)

The Agency posted the submitted applications for NOFA #008 and opened a project location challenge process which permitted third parties to certify to the Agency that they had completed buildout since the as-of date of Broadband Availability Map V5 (8/02/2022) and as a result should be excised from an Applicant’s project area.

The Agency made a determination by reviewing the following factors:

  1. The challenged location(s) were within a NOFA 8 Applicant's project area,
  2. The Challenger provided at least one form of required evidence
  3. Whether the FCC Location ID correlates to an IA Location ID, and
  4. 1st Party Location Challenges as indicated in Exhibit B of a given Application

Download Project Location Challenge Decisions (Posted as of October 30, 2023)

Open NOFA #008 Map Locations In A New Window

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