Iowa

AT&T is investing in both wireless and wireline services by buying into the Long Lines company in Iowa.
Companies with broadband Internet access make nearly twice as much in annual revenues as those that don't, according to a new study.
On Wednesday, December 15, the Communications Workers of America and the Speed Matters campaign released the 2010 Report on Internet Speeds in all 50 States.
Between December 22 and December 31, The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced an additional twenty broadband mapping and planning grants in eighteen states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The US Department of Agriculture released a report that compared job growth in rural areas that adopted broadband at the start of the decade with areas that lack broadband. The conclusion: broadband helps communities and businesses create good-paying jobs. Yet, according to the USDA study, only 41 percent of rural households had broadband connections in 2008.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) recently hosted a seminar with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Connect Ohio, and broadband providers to discuss the benefits of broadband expansion. Sen. Brown and Sen. Tom Harkin, (D-IA) led early debates about and fought to secure funding for broadband access. And now that the $7.2 billon is earmarked, states and service providers are working to coordinate efforts to secure funds.
The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Rural Health Care Pilot Program (RHCPP) announced grants for five broadband telehealth networks - connecting hospitals in nine states on April 16. The program will also fund a sixth network in Alaska.
On November 5, Senator Joe Biden joined CWA activists at an event at Marshalltown Community College in Marshalltown, IA to talk about the importance of bringing high speed internet access to all Americans.
Democratic presidential candidates Joseph Biden, Hillary Clinton, Christopher Dodd, and Bill Richardson told Iowans of the critical importance of CWA's Speed Matters initiative during campaign events this week.