Digital equity, broadband grant funding, Smart Grid, and next-generation fiber networks were all topics of discussions held at the IAMU Fall Broadband Forum held October 25th in Waverly, Iowa.
Waverly Utilities served as the host for the Forum, a return to having IAMU broadband meetings in member communities. Waverly Utilities hosted tours of their facilities on the afternoon of October 24th and 25th. Waverly's Telecom Director, Jeff Magsamen, kicked off the Tuesday discusison with an overview of the history of the fiber utility, which has rapidly grown during its six years of operations. Waverly's story was of special interest to representatives of two Iowa communities that are building or planning to build municipal fiber networks.
CBAN was also a presenter at the Fall Forum. CBAN's Todd Kielkopf and Jon Willow discussed Digital Equity programs, including CBAN's own participation in the NDIA's Digital Navigator pilot program funded by Google.org. CBAN is in the process of hiring and onboarding its Digital Navigator that will delivery digital equity services in southern Iowa beginning in January 2023.
IAMU wants to extend a big THANK YOU to the Fall Forum sponsors!
Lunch Sponsors: Calix, FARR Technology, ImOn Communications, Power & Tel, and Professional Computher Solutions (PCS)
Break Sponsors: Oak Hill Consulting and Ribbon
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