There are just a few days left to register for the IAMU Fall Broadband Meeting on Wednesday, September 26th at the IAMU Office and Training Complex in Ankeny.
As a reminder, here is the agenda for this year's gathering:
For a more detailed agenda, CLICK HERE.
Register on the IAMU website at www.iamu.org. We'll see you next week!
Two northeast Iowa communities 20 miles apart are embarking on a common path to bring fiber networks to their citizens.
This week, the City Council in Charles City, with support from the Charles City Broadband Commission, approved an agreement with Lookout Point Communications and NewCom Technologies to design a fiber-to-the-home system. Lookout Point and principal Eric Lampland also conducted the feasibility study for Charles City that estimated a total project cost of $11.5 million.
Next door, the New Hampton Municipal Light Plant Board also approved a contract with Lookout Point/NewCom for their FTTP network design. The New Hampton network would cost an estimated $5.7 million.
As both communities move forward on designing their individual networks, they are also having discussions on how they can work together on other aspects such as operations.
The design process in the two towns is expected to be completed late this year or in early 2019, with a goal of going out for bids during the winter and breaking ground in the spring of next year.
SCTE Vendor Day & Golf Outing
he Iowa Heartland Chapter of the SCTE is presenting its annual Vendor Day and Golf Outing on Wednesday, October 3rd at Kirkwood Community College in Hiawatha and at the Airport National Golf Course.
During the morning at Kirkwood you can visit with vendors including Power & Tel, Communications Supply Group, and many others. The Vendor Show begins at 8:30am and goes until 11:30am. There is no charge to attend the Vendor Show at Kirkwood.
Following the Vendor Show, you're invited to join us for a fun afternoon of golf at Airport National Golf Course in Cedar Rapids. We'll begin with lunch at noon followed by a shotgun start at 1pm. Golf is $30 for SCTE members and $35 for non-members, and includes 18 holes of best-ball golf and use of a cart.
We'd love to have you join us! To register, visit the registration page on Iowa Heartland SCTE website at www.iowaheartlandscte.org/registration.html
You may have seen our earlier article here in Broadband Bytes about the Community Broadband Action Network (CBAN), a new organization focused on bringing communities, providers, and vendors together to help improve broadband. To help inform everyone about what CBAN plans to accomplish, we are going to be holding a "Lunch and Learn" webinar on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from noon to 1pm.
During the webinar, CBAN founders Curtis Dean, Todd Kielkopf, and Jon Anne Willow will discuss how the organization plans to assist communities that are trying to solve their broadband issues by bringing them together with other community-based providers that can help, as well as vendor companies that provide expertise, solutions, hardware, software, and technology needed to build and operate networks.
The CBAN Lunch and Learn webinar is FREE and open to community based providers, vendors, community representatives, and broadband advocates. To register, fill out the form below and we will email you a link to the webinar before the day of the Lunch and Learn. We hope you can join us!
IAMU Fall Broadband Meeting
Don't forget to register for the 2018 IAMU Fall Broadband Meeting. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at the IAMU Office and Training Complex in Ankeny.
The schedule for this year's meeting includes the following topics:
The cost for IAMU Members is just $35.00 per person. Non-IAMU members may register for $50.00. Registration information is available on the Events page at www.iamu.org. If you'd like to take a look at a PDF copy of the agenda, CLICK HERE.
In late August, city leaders in Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa signed agreements with Indiana-based MetroNet Fiber to build FTTP networks in the two communities.
Both cities have been working for several years on options to leverage existing city fiber assets to expand fiber coverage to more of the community. Davenport went through an RFI process three years ago to try to find a partner to develop a project, but that effort did not bear fruit. Under the agreement with MetroNet Fiber, the city will assist with expedited permitting and help with some tax credits but will otherwise not be an owner of the network.
CLICK HERE to read an article in the Quad City Times.
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