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Tuesday, September, 16, 2014Broadband Availability Trends Now Publicly Available

As part of the State Broadband Initiative (SBI) grant program, datasets of broadband service areas are to be submitted to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on a semi-annual basis. All 50 states, 5 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia have a designated entity in charge of gathering updates to these datasets, processing changes, analyzing the results, and submitting the new datasets to NTIA as updates are made to the individual state maps.The Geographic Information System (GIS) datasets gathered, processed, aggregated, and analyzed include wireline broadband service areas (cable, DSL, and fiber-to-the-home)...

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Tuesday, September, 16, 2014Connect Iowa Releases Annual Business Survey

The release of the annual Connect Iowa business survey today reveals that 13,000 state businesses want faster Internet speeds; however, nearly a third (31%) cannot get speedier connections.The survey also reveals that approximately 47,000 Iowa businesses lack backup Internet services, a serious issues considering one in five state businesses now rely on cloud computing for website hosting, file sharing, and data storage and backup.  One in eight businesses emphasize the importance of new hires being able to create and/or edit mobile apps. Additionally, one in eleven Iowa businesses stress that new employees should be knowledgeable of at least...

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