In accordance with Iowa Code section 8B.11 and corresponding implementing rules found at Iowa Admin. Code ch. 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 Targeted Service Areas. Targeted Service Areas are areas within which, as of July 1, 2021, no Communication Service Provider offered or facilitated Tier 1, Tier 2, or Tier 3 Broadband service. This grant round is based on renewed Targeted Service Area determinations published to an updated version of the Statewide Broadband Availability Map on July 1, 2021 at: https://ocio.iowa.gov/broadband-availability-map-version-4. 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 Iowa Code section 8B.11, the amount the Office awards using the monies available under this NOFA shall be distributed across the following categories:
- 80% of total available funds are made available to Projects that will result in the installation of Broadband Infrastructure that will Facilitate at least 100/100 Broadband or faster in Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 Targeted Service Areas or 100/20 Broadband or faster in Tier 1 Targeted Service Areas.
- 20% of total available funds are made available to projects that will result in the installation of Broadband Infrastructure that will Facilitate Broadband in Difficult to Serve Areas.