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The Office of the Chief Information Officer for the state released the list of Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program funding recipients on Tuesday

Davenport, IOWA – According to the statement, this program is expecting to award 39 different grants at a total of $97.5 million.

Officials say that the money is intended to provide capital funds for projects that expand broadband availability or speeds.

Office of the Chief Information Officer received 178 applications from broadband providers with requests nearing $300 million.

Iowa plans to offer anohter round of grants, using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Governor Reynolds said:

“Expanding broadband across our state continues to be a top priority. It is clear by the sheer volume and scope of applications that the need is there. Today’s award announcement will go a long way toward meeting that need, and we won’t stop here.”

This story will be updated as new information become available. 

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