Proposed bill raises high-speed internet grants for rural broadband services
A new bill would raise Iowa’s share of funding for broadband projects from 15% to 35% if a provider can deliver internet speeds exceeding 100 megabits per second for downloads and 20 Mbps for uploads, reports the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Iowa distributed $6.3 million in grants from 2018 and 2019 to more than 20 internet service providers to extend broadband into underserved parts of the state. Leaders of the state’s Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant program see the need for not just more widespread internet, but faster internet speeds.
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