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CEDAR RAPIDS — The latest surge of government aid to expand broadband access in Iowa is much needed, industry experts say, but the goal of universal coverage by 2025 remains formidable with the most challenging underserved or unserved areas of the state yet to enjoy high-speed internet connections.
(The Center Square) – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Monday that the Office of the Chief Information Officer will provide an additional $200 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funding to companies expanding broadband access in Iowa.
Approval of President Joe Biden’s trillion-dollar bipartisan infrastructure package would be a win for Iowa, according to Democratic legislative leaders, but 1st District Rep. Ashley Hinson says it doesn’t do enough to meet the state’s needs.
A new state program aims to connect Hoosiers with slow internet service at their home or business with companies looking to expand broadband access to unserved or underserved locations.
ATLANTA — Lawmakers finally respect the Public Service Commission, according to Marietta’s own Tricia Pridemore.
Louisiana passed extensive legislation the past two sessions to help bridge the digital divide, including a plan to auction off valuable communications spectrum for broadband access.
(The Center Square) – The day after Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced a $400 million broadband infrastructure plan, he emphasized no tax revenue was being awarded to a new Internet provider in St. Peters.