Connect Every Iowan
UPDATE: The STEM Advisory Council’s Broadband Committee has released a NEW report on how to improve broadband connectivity in Iowa. Learn more about the Committee's recommendations here.
At a September 9, 2013 press conference, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds unveiled their new “Connect Every Iowan” initiative to increase the access, adoption, and use of broadband technology.
The governor and lt. governor have asked the existing STEM Advisory Council’s Broadband Committee to develop legislative recommendations to encourage broadband build-out throughout Iowa, particularly in unserved or underserved areas. The committee’s first meeting will be Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and its recommendations are expected to be delivered by December 1, 2013.
The committee has also been asked to develop a long-term strategic plan for broadband by January 1, 2015, and to identify and pursue any possible federal funding opportunities or public private partnerships.