The City of Adair, IA is one of six entities awarded funding under the first round of the Iowa Broadband Grants Program announced at the end of April. The Adair project was awarded $138,900 from the total program allocation of $1.3 Million.
Adair is planning to build a municipal fiber network in the western Iowa community of 781 and partner with neighboring Casey Mutual Telephone to provide internet, cable TV, and telephone services. The Iowa Broadband Grant will offset approximately 15% of the overall cost of the fiber project, which community leaders hope to begin building later this year.
Other applicants to receive funding under the grant program were BTC Inc., Chariton Valley Planning & Development Council, Heartland Telecommunications, Sully Telephone Association, and WTC Communications. The Iowa Legislature recently appropriated an additional $5 million for the Iowa Broadband Grant Program, which is part of the Connect Every Iowan program.
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