SSB 3009, a bill that would have placed new restrictions on municipal telecommunications utilities in Iowa, is dead for 2020.
Not only did the bill NOT survive the first legislative funnel last week, it was never even discussed by the subcommittee assigned to the bill. In the end, legislators seemed to have little appetite for taking any actions that could be perceived as going against the goal of better broadband for more Iowans.
Thank you to our Broadband Bytes readers who reached out to Iowa lawmakers to express opposition to the bill!
Governor Kim Reynolds will discuss her Empower Rural Iowa initiative and broadband grant program during the IAMU Broadband Conference. The governor will speak during the luncheon on Tuesday, March 17th at the 9th annual conference to be held at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport. Lunch on March 17th is from 11:50am to 12:50am.
Broadband has been one of Governor Reynolds priorities during the past two years. The Iowa Broadband Grant Program, which provides matching funds up to 15% for projects that provide services to underserved areas, continues to expand.
Registration for the IAMU Broadband Conference is open and all are encouraged to attend. Registration for both attendees and vendors which to sponsor the conference or have an exhibit table is online at www.iamu.org/events.
CLICK HERE for a PDF of the current Conference agenda.
The 3rd annual Community Broadband Action Network (CBAN) Summit will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020 from 12:30pm-6pm at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport. The event offers a half-day exploration of better broadband for communities and rural areas and is FREE to all CBAN members.
Here's a look at the Summit Agenda!
The CBAN Summit is FREE for all CBAN Members to attend! To register, go to: https://cban2020.eventbrite.com
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CBAN membership is free for Community Members, Provider Members, and Advocate Members. Vendor membership dues are based on a sliding scale according to company size. Details are available on the membership page above.
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