Today, Governor Reynolds and the Office of the Chief Information Officer announced the latest recipients of the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grants Program.
Funding of more than $210 million for new broadband infrastructure has been awarded to 160 applicants as part of the latest investment in expanding broadband across the state, announced in October 2021.
“We’ve received an overwhelming number of applications and funding requests, which highlights the considerable need to expand broadband to all corners of the state,” said Gov. Kim Reynolds in a statement. “Our investments will help bridge the gap and provide thousands more Iowans the necessary connectivity needed in their homes and communities.”
The Governor’s Office reports projects under this grant will bring in over $526 million of new broadband infrastructure to Iowa serving over 39,000 homes, schools and businesses. To date, the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program has awarded grant funding that will result in over $880 million in new broadband investment, reaching approximately 115,000 homes, schools, and businesses upon the completion of grant-funded projects.
Award announcements can be found online here.