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Notice of Funding Availability #003 - Federally-Funded Opportunity

Purpose. In 2020, Governor Reynolds authorized the allocation and expenditure of $50,000,000 from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“CARES Act Funds”) to address the increased need for internet connectivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Communication Service Providers who install broadband infrastructure in this state or facilitate broadband service in this state were eligible to receive funds under this Notice of Funding Availability #003. Refer to Exhibit A - Notice of Funding Opportunity (#003) for more information (see Documentation Below). NOTE: This opportunity did not include any state funds.
The following information concerning OCIO Broadband Grant Program Notice of Funding Availability #003 can be found below:
Program Design. Under this NOFA, the State of Iowa sought Proposals from Responsible Applicants to provide or incentivize expansion and adoption of a minimum of consistent and reliable 25/3 Broadband or 100/20 Broadband, as applicable, to unserved Broadband Units or Non-Adopters located in the State of Iowa in a manner that provided the best value to or was to the greatest benefit of the State by providing the greatest overall impact in furthering telework, telehealth, distance learning, and other remote services in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. Provided there is a demonstrable nexus to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a nexus to furthering telework, telehealth, distance learning, and other remote services, Applicant’s proposals could accomplish this in one of two of the following ways, or through a combination of both or either of the following (See Exhibit A - Notice of Funding Availability #003 for additional information regarding eligibility criteria and program requirements for speed thresholds):
  1. By reducing or eliminating unserved Broadband Units in the State through the installation of Broadband Infrastructure that Facilitates Broadband service at or above 25/3 Broadband or 100/20 Broadband, as applicable (“Infrastructure Project(s)”).
  2. By providing broadband service subscription discounts to Non-Adopters to reduce barriers to adoption and encourage subscription to 25/3 Broadband or faster (“Adoption Projects”).

    Notice of Funding Availability #003 - Documentation

    Information concerning the grant application process, including all application materials, agreements, and program information are provided below. All Applications to this NOFA were required to be submitted electronically through the Iowa Grants System, as part of Funding Opportunity #365549  - Empower Rural Iowa Emergency Broadband Expansion Program (NOFA #003).

    Notice of Funding Availability #003 - Schedule of Important Dates

    The timeline for Notice of Funding Availability #003 is set forth below including steps and dates of each of the major element of the program.

    NOFA #003 Issued 7/20/2020
    Application Acceptance Window Opens 7/20/2020
    Application Acceptance Window Closes/Applications Due 8/5/2020,
    11:59 PM CDT
    Technical Review/Quantitative Scoring Begins 8/6/2020
    Technical Review/Quantitative Scoring Ends 8/12/2020
    Applications and Quantitative Scoring Submitted to Evaluation Committee 8/13/2020
    Final Agency Decision / Anticipated Notice of Intent to Award Issued 8/21/2020
    Contracting Process Begins 8/21/2020

    Notice of Funding Availability #003 - Applications Received

    PLEASE NOTE: To see the list of applications that were awarded grant funds download Notice of Intent To Award (NOIA) for NOFA #003.

    The information below includes all applications received by the Office under this NOFA including those that did not receive grant awards. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any application withdrawn from consideration prior to the NOIA issuance is not published here. Final project areas as represented in executed grant agreements will be depicted on a map of NOFA #003 project areas. This map is currently in development and will be released at a later time. That map will represent the final and official project areas associated with each executed grant agreement.

    68 applications were deemed submitted in response to NOFA #003 including applications associated with Infrastructure Project, Adoption Project, or Both. The type of Application is noted in the table below. The public, redacted versions of each application are provided below. In the Application Download column, click the link labeled "zip" next to each application 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 executed a grant agreement with Office pursuant to the NOIA, this column will be marked as "Accepted." If an applicant did not execute a grant agreement with the Office pursuant to the NOIA, this column will be marked as "Withdrawn."

    Application Control Number
    Applicant Name
    (Click To Download)
    Project Type
    Final Disposition
    366262 Sully Telephone Association, Inc. SULLY TELEPHONE - ASHBY ACRES FTTH PROJECT Infrastructure Accepted
    366512 Sully Telephone Association, Inc. HIGHWAY 163 CORRIDOR WIRELESS PROJECT Infrastructure Accepted
    366848 Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone Company Broadband Access Shelby and Harrison County Infrastructure Accepted
    366854 Huxley Communications Cooperative Huxley Communications Cooperative OCIO CARES Act FTTH Broadband Project Infrastructure Accepted
    366869 Premier Communications, Inc. Premier - George & Orange City (Rural) Infrastructure Accepted
    366995 South Slope Cooperative Telephone Company Solon Rural Build Infrastructure Accepted
    367061 Searsboro Telephone Company Killduff Telephone Company FTTH 2020 out side of service area Infrastructure Accepted
    367104 La Motte Telephone Company Fiber build to 216th Street and Bellevue Cascade Road Bellevue Iowa Infrastructure Accepted
    367166 BTC, Inc. Rural Glenwood Area FTTP Overbuild Project Infrastructure Accepted
    367201 Heart of Iowa Ventures, LLC Broadband Grant Application (NOFA #003) for Heart of Ventures, LLC Infrastructure Accepted
    367218 Cloudburst9 LLC West Chester, Iowa 365549-Empower Rural Iowa Emergency Broadband Expansion Program (NOFA #003) Infrastructure Accepted
    367228 Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association Infrastructure Broadband Grant for Manly, Ledyard, and Northwood Areas Both Accepted
    367282 Harmony Telephone Company Harmony Telephone Howard-Winneshiek Infrastructure Infrastructure Accepted
    367301 Sully Telephone Association, Inc. SULLY TELEPHONE SE RURAL FTTH PROJECT Infrastructure Accepted
    367309 Danville Mutual Telephone Company Danville FTTP Project Infrastructure Accepted
    367371 Lehigh Valley Cooperative Telephone Association Otho Town FTTH Project Infrastructure Accepted
    367416 ImOn Communications, LLC ImOn Application - Adoption Adoption Accepted
    367423 OmniTel Communications, INC. OmniTel Communications Rural Broadband Adoption Project Adoption Accepted
    367486 Cooperative Telephone Exchange Broadband Adoption Program in Webster City and South Hamilton School Districts Adoption Accepted
    367535 Alpine Communications, LC Alpine Communications Rural Clayton County Aug 2020 Infrastructure Accepted
    367572 Omnitel Communications, INC. OmniTel FTTH Infrastructure Accepted
    367583 Reinbeck Telecommunications Utility Connect To Learn Program Infrastructure Accepted
    367585 OmniTel Communications, INC. Interstate Cablevision Rural Broadband Adoption Project Adoption Accepted
    367596 OmniTel Communications, INC. Interstate Cablevision FTTH Infrastructure Accepted
    367619 Vinton Municipal Communications Utility (dba iVinton) Connect to Learn Program Adoption Accepted
    367634 Grand Mound Cooperative Telephone Association Grand Mound Cooperative Telephone Association’s Fixed Wireless Rural Broadband Expansion Project Infrastructure Accepted
    367653 Dumont Telephone Company Geneva West to Hwy 65 Infrastructure Accepted
    367674 Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative, Inc. Phase 1 Waukon Fiber Infrastructure Accepted
    367725 Northwest Communications Cooperative Association FTTH Northwest West Project Infrastructure Accepted
    367737 Bits of Technology Wireless Internet LLC Application for CARES Act Broadband Funds Infrastructure Accepted
    367749 Spring Grove Communications Spring Grove Communications Broadband Adoption Adoption Accepted
    367771 MiBroadband LLC MiBroadband Broadband Adoption Project Adoption Accepted
    367778 Router12 Networks LLC Aredale Broadband Expansion Infrastructure Accepted
    367813 Dunkerton Telephone Cooperative Empower Rural Iowa Emergency Broadband Expansion Program (NOFA #003) Infrastructure Accepted
    367814 Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone Company of Moulton IA Farmers Mutual Fiber Expansion Project Infrastructure Accepted
    367817 Lockridge Networks Lucas County Broadband Expansion Infrastructure Accepted
    367823 ImOn Communications, LLC ImOn Application - Lakeside Infrastructure Accepted
    367841 Guthrie Telecommunications Network, Inc Infrastructure build Infrastructure Accepted
    367902 Miles Communications LLC Clinton County Expansion Infrastructure Accepted
    367904 Butler-Bremer Mutual Telephone Company Cottage Ave Broadband Infrastructure Accepted
    367908 Sharon Telephone Company Fiber Build for Rural Riverside Iowa Infrastructure Accepted
    367925 United States Cellular Corporation USCC Network Modernization Infrastructure Accepted
    367926 Panora Communications Cooperative 25/3 adoption application Adoption Accepted
    367965 West Iowa Telephone Company Rural Anita Fiber Build Out Infrastructure Accepted
    367969 Mediacom LLC Schaller - Mediacom LLC Infrastructure Accepted
    367971 Woolstock Mutual Telephone Assocation Broadband Grant Infrastructure Accepted
    367980 Kalona Cooperative Telephone Co Washington Route Extension Infrastructure Accepted
    368005 Mediacom LLC Otho - Mediacom LLC Infrastructure Withdrawn
    368019 Mediacom LLC Cushing - Mediacom LLC Infrastructure Accepted
    368026 Mediacom LLC Meservey - Mediacom LLC Infrastructure Accepted
    368074 Northeast Iowa Telephone Company Rural Luana and Postville Fiber to the Home Expansion Infrastructure Accepted
    368077 Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation Federal CARES Broadband Adoption Project Adoption Accepted
    368079 East Buchanan Telephone Cooperative Emergency Broadband Grant Application for Winthrop and Quasqueton Iowa Rural Service Areas Both Accepted
    368117 South Central Communications, Inc. South Central Communications, Inc. Federal CARES Broadband Adoption Project Adoption Accepted
    368167 River Valley Telecommunications Coop Providing infrastructure for better and more reliable broadband where requested. Infrastructure Accepted
    368235 Massena Telephone Company, Inc. Rural Wiota and Rural Atlantic FTTH buildout Infrastructure Accepted
    368263 Coon Valley Cooperative Telephone Association Inc. Zion fixed wireless tower Infrastructure Accepted
    368287 Router12 Networks LLC Aredale Broadband Expansion Infrastructure Withdrawn
    368295 Interstate Telcom Consulting, Inc Martelle Communications Infrastructure Accepted
    368298 Coon Valley Cooperative Telephone Association Inc. Greenfield Fixed Wireless Tower Infrastructure Accepted
    368339 Colo Telephone Colo Telephone 2020 CARES Act Project Grant Infrastructure Accepted
    368355 Minburn Telephone Company Minburn Telephone Company Adoption Program Adoption Accepted
    368361 Northwest Communications Cooperative Association FTTH Northwest White Project Infrastructure Accepted
    368371 Minburn Telecommunications, Inc Minburn Telecommunications, Inc. Adoption Program Adoption Accepted
    368388 Rockwell Cooperative Telephone Association Aredale, Bristow, and Dougherty Fiber to the Home Deployment Both Accepted
    368398 Long Lines Enable Rural Digital Lifestyle 2020 Infrastructure Withdrawn
    368406 Night Owl Wireless, LLC Tri-County Expansion (Application Data Pending) Infrastructure Accepted
    368407 Osage Municipal Utilities Mitchell Iowa Fiber Project Infrastructure Accepted

    Notice of Funding Availability #003 - Review Committee Summary

    In accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 8B.11(3), the Office is required to publish the members of the review committee and a summary of the review committee's recommended results for state funded opportunities. To remain consistent with past practice, the link below provides a summary of review committee input for this federally-funded opportunity.

    Notice of Funding Availability #003 - Map of Awarded Locations

    A map of Project Areas associated with awarded applications under NOFA #003 is shown below.

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