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OFFICIAL NOTICE. March 12, 2021. The Office has issued the Notice of Intent to Award (NOIA) for Notice of Funding Availability #005.  The NOIA can be found within the Notice of Intent To Award for NOFA #005. Additional information including a list of all application materials received and a map of awarded project areas can be found below.

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Purpose

Governor Reynolds has authorized the allocation and expenditure of residual funds totaling $15,452,302.00 from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (β€œCoronavirus Relief Funds”) to address the increased need for internet connectivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Broadband Infrastructure Projects under this NOFA must be completed by December 1, 2021.

The purpose of this NOFA is to solicit Applications from Responsible Applicants for the buildout of Broadband Infrastructure Projects that will provide the greatest overall impact in furthering telework, telehealth, distance learning, and other remote services to alleviate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Targeted Service Areas of the State. Targeted Service Areas are areas within which, as of July 31, 2020, either no Communications Service Provider Facilitated at least 25/3 Broadband, or otherwise any area that is materially underserved or without meaningfully available Broadband (See Iowa Administrative Code chapter 129β€”20). Applications must provide a demonstrable nexus to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a nexus to furthering telework, telehealth, distance learning, and other remote services. This grant round is based on renewed Targeted Service Area determinations published to an updated version of the Statewide Broadband Availability Map (V3) on October 28, 2020. These determinations and this map identify the geographic areas in the State of Iowa in which grant funds under this program are available.

Consistent with the foregoing, the Office is seeking Proposals from Responsible Applicants to provide or incentivize expansion of a minimum of 25/3 Broadband to Targeted Service Areas in the State of Iowa. Provided there is a demonstrable nexus to the COVID 19 pandemic, including a nexus to furthering telework, telehealth, distance learning, and other remote services, Applicant’s proposals may accomplish this by reducing or eliminating Targeted Service Areas through the installation of Broadband Infrastructure that Facilitates Broadband service at speeds equal to at least 25/3 Broadband, 50/5 Broadband, or speeds equal to or greater than 100/100 Broadband.  The total amount of Coronavirus Relief Funds sought under this NOFA may not exceed:

  1. Projects that will result in the installation of Broadband infrastructure that will Facilitate Broadband service at or above 100/100 Broadband, seventy-five percent (75%), of the actual or originally estimated, whichever is less, Total Project Costs.
  2. Projects that will result in the installation of Broadband infrastructure that will Facilitate Broadband service at speeds less than 100/100 Broadband but greater than or equal to 50/5 Broadband, fifty percent (50%) of the actual or originally estimated, whichever is less, Total Project Costs.
  3. Projects that will result in the installation of Broadband infrastructure that will Facilitate Broadband service at speeds less than 50/5 Broadband, but greater than or equal to 25/3 Broadband, thirty-five percent (35%) of the actual or originally estimated, whichever is less, Total Project Costs.
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Documentation

Information concerning the grant application process, including all application materials, agreements, and program information are provided below. All Applications to this NOFA were required to be submitted electronically through the Iowa Grants System, as part of Funding Opportunity #390478  - Empower Rural Iowa Emergency Broadband Expansion Program (NOFA #005).

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Schedule of Important Dates

The timeline for Notice of Funding Availability #005 is set forth below including steps and dates of each of the major element of the program.

GRANT TIMELINEDATE
NOFA #005 Issued01/19/2021
Written Questions Due By01/28/2021
Written Responses Posted By02/02/2021
Application Acceptance Window Opens02/04/2021
Application Acceptance Window Closes/Applications Due02/25/2021,
5:00 PM CST
Technical Review/Quantitative Scoring Begins03/01/2021
Technical Review/Quantitative Scoring Ends03/05/2021
Applications and Quantitative Scoring Submitted to Evaluation Committee03/08/2021
Final Agency Decision / Anticipated Notice of Intent to Award Issued03/15/2021
Contracting Process begins03/22/2021
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Applications Received

The information below includes all applications received by the Office under this NOFA including those that did not receive grant awards. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any application withdrawn from consideration prior to the NOIA issuance is not published here. The table below shows key facts associated with received and awarded applications. The "Awarded" row represents the key facts for applications that were offered funding pursuant to the Notice of Intent to Award.

 APPLICATIONSGRANT FUNDS REQUESTEDTOTAL PROJECT COSTSHOMES, SCHOOLS, AND BUSINESSES SERVEDU.S. CENSUS BLOCKS AFFECTEDSQUARE MILES AFFECTEDCOUNTIES AFFECTED
RECEIVED42$41,384,592.28$61,085,171.3528,73215,1984,758.8272
AWARDED14$15,452,302.00$21,374,113.152,8271,400638.8921

42 applications were deemed submitted in response to NOFA #005. The public, redacted versions of each application are provided below. In the Application column, click the link to download a zip file containing the public version of that application. The "Final Disposition" column in the table below indicates the final status of the award. If an applicant received an awarded from the Office pursuant to the Notice of Intent To Award for this opportunity upon final issuance, this column will be marked as "Awarded." All awarded applications are highlighted in bold.

APPLICATION CONTROL NUMBERAPPLICANT NAMEAPPLICATION
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FUNDS AWARDEDFINAL DISPOSITION
394995Allamakee Clayton ElectricOCIO#5 Dorchester Fiber$4,584,200.45Awarded
396714Alpine CommunicationsAlpine Communications Rural Clayton County ELKADER W NOFA #005$1,298,737.90Awarded
397845AMG Technology Investment Group, LLCNextlink Internet Broadband_Grants_Core_Application-NOFA005β€”Not Awarded
397048Brooklyn Mutual TelecommunicationsBrooklyn Mutual Grant expansion in Poweshiek Countyβ€”Not Awarded
395899BTC, IncGlenwood South$1,530,621.90Awarded
395900BTC, Inc.Hastings IAβ€”Not Awarded
395901BTC, Inc.Carroll Northβ€”Not Awarded
397826Casey Mutual Telephone Co.Adel/Desoto FTTHβ€”Not Awarded
396047Citizen's Mutual Telephone CooperativeRural Wapello and Davis Counties Broadband Expansion$743,550.00Awarded
397332Coon Valley CooperativeRural Fiber Developmentβ€”Not Awarded
396005Danville Mutual TelephoneLowell Area FTTP Buildβ€”Not Awarded
397307Dumont TelephoneKesley Ruralβ€”Not Awarded
396069Farmer's Mutual Telephone CompanyPortsmouth and Aspinwall Builds to locationsβ€”Not Awarded
396918Farmer's Mutual Telephone CompanyRural Red Oak Iowa Fiber to the Premises Buildβ€”Not Awarded
397892Huxley Communications CooperativeNOFA#5 Shipley to Maxwell Routeβ€”Not Awarded
396486IAMO CommunicationsCollege Springs East FTTP Project$1,089,150.00Awarded
397597ImOn CommunicationsLLC Lakeside - NOFA #005β€”Not Awarded
397331Kalona CooperativeRural Washington County$229,552.37Awarded
396857Kuhl Airnet, Inc.OCIO #5 Build-Outβ€”Not Awarded
396925LTD BroadbandLTD Broadband Grant Application - Area 1β€”Not Awarded
397832LTD BroadbandLTD Broadband Grant Application - Area 2$181,568.25Awarded
397843LTD BroadbandLTD Broadband Grant Application - Area 3β€”Not Awarded
397830LTD BroadbandLTD Broadband Grant Application - Area 4β€”Not Awarded
397853LTD BroadbandLTD Broadband Grant Application - Area 5β€”Not Awarded
397857LTD BroadbandLTD Broadband Grant Application - Area 6β€”Not Awarded
397859LTD BroadbandLTD Broadband Grant Application - Area 7β€”Not Awarded
395852Mediapolis Telephone CompanyRural Des Moines County Broadband Expansion$725,475.00Awarded
396483MiBroadband LLCFlorenceville FTTPβ€”Not Awarded
396965Modern Coop TelephoneMillersburg and Webster town FTTH projectβ€”Not Awarded
397161Northeast Iowa TelephoneRural Clayton and Allamakee Counties 100 Meg Broadband Deployment.β€”Not Awarded
395403Omnitel CommunicationsRural Fremont and Mills Counties Broadband Expansion$241,139.69Awarded
395420Omnitel CommunicationsRural Madison and Warren Counties Broadband Expansion$884,026.84Awarded
395917River Valley TelecommunicationsTo construct and provide the broadband required for the census blocks in our service areaβ€”Not Awarded
394987Sharon Telephone CompanyRural Riverside Extensionβ€”Not Awarded
395299South Slope CooperativePhase 2 of Rural Iowa and Johnson Counties FTTP Project$140,500.00Awarded
396993Spring Grove CommunicationsSpring Grove Communications - Hanover Township FTTP$592,279.60Awarded
395739Stratford MutualCentral Iowa Broadband Expansion$1,521,075.00Awarded
396499US Cellular Corp.USCC Rural 5G Modernizationβ€”Not Awarded
397325USA CommunicationsNorth Iowa River Corridor Broadband Expansion$1,690,425.00Awarded
396995Webster Calhoun CooperativeFraser Broadband Expansionβ€”Not Awarded
396715West Liberty TelephoneFiber Atwood Ave to Northeast of Lone Treeβ€”Not Awarded
397577Windstream Services LLCIowa Empower Rural Broadband - Windstream 2020β€”Not Awarded
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Map of Awarded Areas

This grant round was based on renewed Targeted Service Area determinations published to an updated version of the Statewide Broadband Availability Map (V3) on October 28, 2020. A map of areas associated with awarded applications is provided below.

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