In accordance with Iowa Code section 8B.11 and corresponding implementing rules found at Iowa Administrative Code 129—22, the purpose of this NOFA is to solicit Applications from Communications Service Providers for Broadband Infrastructure Projects that will have the greatest overall effect of reducing or eliminating Unserved and Underserved Areas in the State through the installation of Broadband Infrastructure that Facilitates 25/3 Broadband or 100/20 Broadband in the Targeted Service Areas forming the basis of the Projects. Targeted Service Areas are areas within which, as of July 31, 2020: no Communications Service Provider Facilitated 25/3 Broadband; or that is materially underserved or without meaningfully available 25/3 Broadband. This grant round is based on renewed Targeted Service Area determinations published to an updated version of the Statewide Broadband Availability Map, available at: https://ocio.iowa.gov/draft-2020-state-iowa-broadband-availability-map. These determinations and this map identify the geographic areas in the State of Iowa in which grant funds under this program are available. For purposes of this NOFA and in accordance with 2020 Iowa Acts ch. 1078, section 12, the total amount of grants the Office Awards using the monies available under this NOFA shall be evenly distributed across the following categories (50% within each):
- Projects that will result in the installation of Broadband Infrastructure that will Facilitate at least 25/3 Broadband but less than 100/20 Broadband.
- Projects that will result in the installation of Broadband Infrastructure that will Facilitate 100/20 Broadband or faster.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the amount requested by all applicable Applicants in response to this NOFA within one of the above-enumerated categories is less than the amount reserved for Projects under that category, the Office may Award the difference to Projects under the other category, and vice versa.