The State of Iowa's Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is accepting comments from the public until August 23rd on the latest version of the state's broadband map showing areas that will be eligible for the next round of state broadband grants.
The Targeted Service Areas, or TSA's, are census blocks where ISP's will be able to apply for the second round of Iowa Broadband Grants. This spring the Iowa Legislature allocated $5 million to the grant fund for the next round, an increase from the $1.3 million in Round 1. Although the exact rules of the next round have not been determined, it is expected to provide 15% matching grants like the first round and would require a successful applicant to provide at least 25 Mbps downloads and 3 Mbps uploads. During the first round, the only projects to receive funding were fiber optic-based, including the City of Adair.
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