In 2013, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds unveiled their “Connect Every Iowan” initiative to increase the access, adoption, and use of broadband technology. It sought tax breaks for new broadband infrastructure while allowing private companies to lease bandwidth on the state-run Iowa Communications Network to extend fiber optic lines to rural customers.
In 2014, Gov. Terry Branstad proposed “Connect Every Acre,” an eight-point plan offering incentives aimed at ensuring Iowa farmers have mobile broadband access in fields where they run increasingly high-tech agricultural machinery.
Since 2010, Connect Iowa has been awarded $5,769,942 in federal grants for Iowa’s Broadband Initiative.
Another $33,945,037, accounting for 1.0% of all federal infrastructure grants, was awarded to broadband infrastructure projects in Iowa.