The State of Iowa has awarded 14 broadband providers with just over $15.5M in Empower Rural Iowa broadband grants made possible through Governor Reynolds allocation of federal CARES funding. These grants will impact 21 Iowa Counties and more than 2,800 homes, schools, and businesses.
This latest grant round shows the demand for broadband grants in Iowa. More than 42 providers applied with applications valued at more than $41 million dollars. That is nearly a three to one ratio of funds requested to funds available. This demand speaks to the need to support and fund broadband infrastructure within Iowa to remain competitive in the post-Covid world.
The $15 million dollars is the remainder of the $50 million in CARES funding Governor Reynolds designated for broadband grants from a previous round of funding.
Citizens Mutual Telephone Cooperative which serves rural Wapello and Davis Counties was awarded $743,550.