LEE COUNTY – Mediapolis Telephone Company, DBA MTC Technologies is proud to announce that it has been awarded $17,280,882.33 in the latest round of the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant, marking a significant step toward enhancing internet accessibility for the residents of Des Moines and Lee County. This achievement comes as part of the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) #008 grant, a vital opportunity that emphasizes the state's commitment to bridging the digital divide.
The total grant money allocated for the state of Iowa for this round of funding amounts to an impressive $148,960,000, signaling a strong statewide effort to ensure that all communities, regardless of their location, have access to reliable and high-speed internet services.
The allocated funds will be utilized for the development of a comprehensive broadband network, covering an expansive area of 158 square miles. The region encompasses rural areas in both Des Moines and Lee Counties surrounding the communities of Augusta, Denmark, Fort Madison, Sawyer, West Point and Wever. The project's scope encompasses a diverse set of communities, and its successful implementation will have a far-reaching impact on the socio-economic landscape, opening new opportunities for education, business, and social connectivity.
"We are thrilled to have been selected for this significant grant, which will enable us to bring reliable, high-speed internet access to previously underserved areas," said Marc Carlson, General Manager & CEO at MTC Technologies. "This initiative represents a pivotal moment in our commitment to fostering digital equity and ensuring that all residents have the resources they need to thrive in today's digital age."
Construction is scheduled to commence in 2024, with a targeted completion date of 2027. Throughout the implementation phase, MTC Technologies is dedicated to maintaining transparency and fostering open communication with the local communities, keeping residents informed about the progress and expected benefits of this transformative broadband project.
MTC Technologies extends its gratitude to the Iowa Department of Management and the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant program for recognizing the significance of this initiative and its potential to empower rural communities through enhanced connectivity.
This project was supported by federal funds made available through the American Rescue Plan Act and the State of Iowa, acting by and through the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). Points of view expressed herein are those of the author or speaker and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the United States Government or State of Iowa or endorsement of the project.
More information about the grant, https://ocio.iowa.gov/
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