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Governor Reynolds announced that $200 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funding is now available for grants offered through the Office of the Chief Information Officer to improve broadband access statewide

Davenport, IOWA – According to the state officials, the new grant program allows communications service providers, including telecommunication companies and local governments, to apply for up to 60% of their broadband project costs in eligible areas of the state.

Officials say that communications service providers are encouraged to apply for a grant to install broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved locations.

Governor Reynolds released the following statement:

“Broadband has never been more important for our future. I continue to hear from Iowans who still lack access to the broadband speeds necessary to start a business, telework, or connect with a healthcare provider.

With this additional investment, we have invested more than $300 million this year alone on bringing future-ready broadband to rural and unserved areas of our state.”

According to the statement, applications may be submitted to the OCIO from Oct. 25 through Nov. 22.

More information here.

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