broadband expansion

Iowa broadband expansion brings accuracy, affordability questions

BY: - July 19, 2021

Iowa’s new broadband expansion program is already generating interest from providers, but the mapping of broadband and affordability of the service remain in question as the process moves forward. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed House File 848 into law in April, a bill that appropriates $100 million for grants to companies to provide high-speed broadband services […]

House votes for $100M broadband budget, $50M short of governor’s request

BY: - April 21, 2021

The House on Wednesday voted in favor of a $150.9 million budget for administration and regulation, including a $100 million appropriation for broadband expansion in Iowa. “With $100 million allocated for broadband, we can work to bring connectivity to Iowa’s broadband deserts, and increase speeds across the state,” bill leader Rep. John Landon, R-Ankeny, said […]

House passes version of governor’s broadband proposal

BY: - March 29, 2021

An amended version of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ broadband access proposal passed the House Monday afternoon by a unanimous vote. House File 848 would provide grants to extend broadband service into underserved parts of the state. “I think we can achieve our goal of connecting Iowans, especially those stranded out in the broadband deserts… with broadband […]

COMMENTARY

Where will Iowa’s economic recovery leave workers?

BY: - September 7, 2020

The coronavirus has changed the way we work, in many cases forever. The pandemic has also brought into sharp focus the powerless state of workers here in Iowa and the employer-driven policies that intentionally keep it that way. State policymakers are crafting strategies now that will shape Iowa’s economic future and may further define the […]

COMMENTARY

Grassley: Iowans should embrace ‘pioneer spirit’ during COVID-19 crisis

BY: - March 17, 2020

This week, I scheduled a dozen county meetings in keeping with my annual tour across the state to keep in touch with Iowans. Like many events, my meetings are postponed. The coronavirus outbreak is disrupting society and everyday life. From canceled sporting events to school closings, travel restrictions and nixed St. Patrick’s Day parades, Iowans […]