Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Friday, Dec. 21, that $1.3 million for broadband grants are now available through the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) to improve broadband access for Iowans and eliminate underserved areas (targeted service areas) across the state.
The grant program allows communication service providers, including telecommunication companies, cities and towns, to apply for up to 15 percent of their broadband project costs in targeted service areas. Communications service providers are encouraged to apply for a grant to install broadband infrastructure in these underserved areas.
“This is another step we are taking to provide access to residents, not only to internet connectivity, but also to opportunities in education, healthcare, employment and business,” Gov. Reynolds said. “I appreciate the efforts by OCIO to advocate for the grant funding and the legislature’s significant budgetary boost to improving connectivity for Iowa residents and businesses.”
Citizens and service providers can check the targeted services area map to see if their area is eligible for grant funds under the program. Go to https://ocio.iowa.gov/broadband and click “Open Map in New Window.”
Formal questions from prospective applicants must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 11, 2018. Applications may be submitted online beginning February 18, 2019, and must be submitted no later than March 15, 2019.
Further information about the grant process for this funding opportunity is available on the OCIO website at https://ocio.iowa.gov/broadband-grants.