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    FCC awards over $140 Million to Iowa Broadband Providers

    Kim Reynoldshttps://governor.iowa.gov/about-the-governor
    As Iowa’s 43rd Governor, Kim Reynolds is determined to make sure that Iowa’s success is every Iowan’s success. Whether it’s preparing Iowans for cutting-edge careers, fighting for education, improving healthcare and mental health access, or empowering our rural communities, Kim’s priorities are making a difference in all four corners of the state. Her vision keeps Iowans at the center of all decisions, especially in the area of fiscal responsibility. Kim knows that when Iowa taxpayers are able to keep more of their money, great things happen. She also believes in redemption. Kim’s justice reform initiatives carefully balance second chances with victim rights. As Governor, Kim’s strong voice for international trade, agriculture, and advanced manufacturing is opening new markets and maintaining relationships with leaders in China, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Germany, Brazil and Argentina, to name just a few. Although she’s traveled the world telling Iowa’s story, Kim is still a small-town girl at heart with common-sense values. These principles are reflected in the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa initiative and Future Ready Iowa. At age 57, Kim earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. Then, nearly two years later, on Nov. 4, 2018, she was elected by Iowans to become their first woman Governor. Family means everything to Kim and her husband, Kevin. They have three daughters (Jennifer, Nicole and Jessica) who are happily married, and Kim and Kevin love spending time with their 10 very active grandchildren.

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    FCC awards over $140 Million to Iowa Broadband Providers

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    Fri, 12/11/2020 – 20:08

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced that it has awarded $143,892,544.40 to 11 broadband providers to bring broadband to rural Iowa.  The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I Auction is a federal program focusing on bringing broadband to 10 million Americans. Nearly all rural locations eligible for the award will receive broadband at speeds of 100 Megabits per seconds (Mbps) download, with nearly 85% of eligible locations receiving Gigabit service according to the FCC.  

    “Access to high-speed internet access is an essential part of everyday life. The FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund builds on the efforts we have underway through my empower rural Iowa initiative as well as significant funds we have allocated through the CARES Act,” said Gov. Reynolds. “I appreciate President Trump and his Administration for helping us secure broadband internet access for Iowa’s rural communities.”   

    The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund is just the latest project working to bring broadband to all of Iowa. Earlier this year $50 million dollars in CARES Act funds were made available by Governor Kim Reynolds for broadband grant projects throughout the state. This is in addition to the ongoing Empower Rural Iowa broadband grants that provides matching grants up to 35% for broadband infrastructure and development.  

    The CARES Act and Empower Rural Iowa grants are administered by the Office of the Chief Information Officer through authority granted by the Iowa State Legislature. The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund is administered by the FCC.  

    The following Iowa providers will receive funds under the The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund: 
    American Heartland                                                       $1,821,520.00              
    AMG Technology Investment Group                              $112,637,885.70        
    Corn Belt Telephone                                                      $42,237.00                
    Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone Company       $12,447.00                
    LICT Corporation                                                           $71,984.70                 
    LTD Broadband LLC                                                      $23,184,786.30          
    Miles Communications LLC                                           $316,641.00              
    NRTC Phase I RDOF Consortium                                 $356,440.10              
    Windstream Services LLC                                             $5,355,920.50            
    Winnebago Cooperative Telecom                                 $84,096.10                
    Wisper-CABO 904 Consortium                                     $8,586.00  

    This content provided by the Office of the Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds as a press release.

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