NOTE: The application acceptance window for this opportunity closed at 5:00 PM CDT, July 28, 2021.

Statement Concerning Statutory References: References on this website to Iowa Code chapter 8B or its subparts refer to Iowa Code chapter 8B as amended by 2021 Iowa Acts, House File 848, and as will be codified in the 2022 Iowa Code.

OFFICIAL NOTICE. September 14, 2021. The Office has issued the Notice of Intent to Award (NOIA) for Notice of Funding Availability #006. The NOIA can be found below. Additional information including a list of all application materials received can also be found below.

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Purpose

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 Unserved or Underserved Areas in the State through the installation of Broadband Infrastructure. This grant round is based on renewed Targeted Service Area determinations as will be published to an updated version of the Statewide Broadband Availability Map on July 1, 2021. These determinations and this map identify the geographic areas in the State of Iowa in which grant funds under this program are available.

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Program Design

For purposes of this NOFA and in accordance with Iowa Code ch. 8B, the funds available for Award under this NOFA is up to $97,500,000 and shall be distributed across the following categories:

  • 80% to Projects that will Facilitate 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% to Projects that will Facilitate Broadband in Difficult to Serve Areas.

The Office is seeking Proposals from Responsible Applicants to provide Broadband to Targeted Service Areas in the State of Iowa at minimum speeds of 100/100 or 100/20, depending on Tier type.

The total amount of funds sought under this NOFA may not exceed:

  • 75% of any Applicants Total Project Costs for the installation of 100/100 Broadband or faster within Tier 1 TSAs;
  • 50% of any Applicants Total Project Costs for the installation of 100/100 Broadband or faster within Tier 2 TSAs;
  • 35% of any Applicant’s Total Project Costs for the installation of 100/100 Broadband or faster within Tier 3 TSAs; or
  • 50% of any Applicants Total Project Costs for the installation of 100/20 Broadband within Tier 1 TSAs.

Applications shall define a single Project proposing a buildout speed of 100/100 Broadband or faster or 100/20 Broadband or faster, but not both within the same Project.

Every Targeted Service Area is designated a tier type. The tier is determined by the existing speeds offered within the census block, and reflected on the Broadband Availability Map version 4. Each tier is defined as follows:

  • β€œTier 1” means a maximum download speed of less than 25 megabits per second and a maximum upload speed of less than three megabits per second.
  • β€œTier 2” means a minimum download speed of greater than or equal to 25 megabits per second but less than 50 megabits per second. No minimum upload speed is applicable for Tier 2.
  • β€œTier 3” means a minimum download speed of greater than or equal to 50 megabits per second but less than 80 megabits per second. No minimum upload speed is applicable for Tier 3.
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Schedule of Important Dates

The timeline for Notice of Funding Availability #006 including steps and dates, are described below (all dates are subject to change):

GRANT TIMELINEDATE
NOFA #006 Pre-Publication Notice06/11/2021
Pre-Application Conference06/17/2021, 2:00 PM CDT
Written Questions Due By06/25/2021
Responses Posted By07/01/2021
Application Acceptance Window Opens07/01/2021
Application Acceptance Window Closes/Applications Due07/28/2021,
5:00 PM CDT
Application Review Ends09/01/2021
Final Agency Decisions(s)/Notice of Intent to Award (Anticipated)09/03/2021
Grant Agreement Negotiations and Execution09/17/2021
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Applications Received

178 applications were deemed submitted in response to NOFA #006. 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 award from the Office pursuant to the Notice of Intent To Award for this opportunity upon final issuance, this column will be marked as "Awarded."

APPLICATION CONTROL NUMBERAPPLICANT NAMEAPPLICATION
(CLICK TO DOWNLOAD)
FUNDS AWARDEDFINAL DISPOSITION
414162Van Buren Telephone Company, Inc.Birmingham Exchange FTTHβ€”Not Awarded
414214Premier Communications, Inc.PC (Rural)$7,405,174.31Awarded
414222Sully Telephone Association, Inc.SOUTH FTTH BUILD-OUTβ€”Not Awarded
414439South Slope Cooperative Telephone CompanyRural Tiffin FTTP Project$1,037,881.73Awarded
414440South Slope Cooperative Telephone CompanyRural Solon FTTP Projectβ€”Not Awarded
414485Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative, Inc.Phase 2 Waukonβ€”Not Awarded
414490Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative, Inc.Rural SW Waukon OCIO #6β€”Not Awarded
414579Coon Valley Cooperative Telephone Association Inc.Diamondhead Lake Projectβ€”Not Awarded
414648IAMO Communications, Inc.IAMO Connecting Rural Iowa Project$2,942,174.56Awarded
414765EvertekSioux Rapids Fiberβ€”Not Awarded
414799Panora Communications CooperativeRaccoon River Buildβ€”Not Awarded
414826Minburn Telephone CompanyDallas Center South Broadband Expansion$793,410.60Awarded
414906Mechanicsville Telephone CompanyMt Vernon Hwy 30 Northβ€”Not Awarded
414939Mabel Cooperative Telephone CompanyBurr Oakβ€”Not Awarded
415104Minburn Telephone CompanyDallas Center North/Adel North Broadband Expansion$28,755.64Awarded
415105Minburn Telephone CompanyPerry Rural Broadband Expansion$23,625.10Awarded
415135Spring Grove CommunicationsDorchester Rural FTTPβ€”Not Awarded
415136Harmony Telephone CompanyChester FTTPβ€”Not Awarded
415192NEIT Services, LLCRural Postville 1 Gbps And Beyond Fiber-to-the-Home Expansion (Primary)$2,167,004.19Awarded
415298Kalona Cooperative Telephone CoKCTC Rural Ainsworth and Hwy 92β€”Not Awarded
415329Mediapolis Telephone CompanyNOFA #6-2021 Projectβ€”Not Awarded
415330Cedar Falls Utilities2021 CFU Fiber Grant Application$2,338,336.60Awarded
415361Farmers and Merchants Mutual Telephone CompanyFarmers and Merchants (FarmTel) Pekin NW Jefferson Project$716,011.81Awarded
415403Central Scott Telephone CompanyNorth Scott Rural Broadband Expansion$4,280,286.19Awarded
415437Grand Mound Cooperative Telephone AssociationWelton Broadband Expansionβ€”Not Awarded
415449Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone CompanyAspinwall Rural Area Cares #6 July 2021$609,539.79Awarded
415451Grand Mound Cooperative Telephone AssociationDeWitt South Broadband Expansionβ€”Not Awarded
415469Citizens Mutual Telephone CooperativeRural Davis/Wapello FTTH Expansion$1,610,874.73Awarded
415558Sharon Telephone CompanyRural Lone Tree Projectβ€”Not Awarded
415593FARMERS COOPERATIVE TELEPHONEDysart Rural Fiber Project$2,724,134.40Awarded
415620Manning Municipal UtilitiesManning Rural, Hwy 141 No and So. NOFA 006$2,195,220.67Awarded
415621Danville Mutual Telephone CompanyLowell/New London FTTP Project$1,670,925.00Awarded
415627Minerva Valley Telephone Co., Inc.State Center Area FTTHβ€”Not Awarded
415634Minerva Valley Telephone Co., Inc.McCallsburg Area FTTHβ€”Not Awarded
415635Stratford Mutual TelephoneCentral Iowa Broadband Expansion 2$3,887,962.58Awarded
415734Modern Cooperative Telephone CompanyWest Rural Parnell FTTPβ€”Not Awarded
415759Modern Cooperative Telephone CompanyThornburg Area FTTPβ€”Not Awarded
415776Ace Telephone AssociationRural Iowa FTTH - Harpers Ferry, Ossian, Clermont, and Ft Atkinson exchanges$12,165,592.49Awarded
415810Omnitel Communications, INC.Omnitel's North Iowa Rural FTTH Projectβ€”Not Awarded
415893Omnitel Communications, INC.Interstate Cablevision d/b/a OmniTel, Rural FTTH Projectβ€”Not Awarded
415940USA CommunicationsBroadband Expansion for Rural Benton and Linn Countiesβ€”Not Awarded
415945Lehigh Valley Coop Telephone AssociationRural Fort Dodge Project$251,501.00Awarded
415961Mabel Cooperative Telephone CompanyRidgewayβ€”Not Awarded
416019Marne & Elk Horn Telephone CompanyNEOLA FIBER BUILDβ€”Not Awarded
416056Osage Municipal UtilitiesOrchard Fiber Projectβ€”Not Awarded
416099Cloudburst9 LLCKeota-Empower Rural Iowa Emergency Broadband Expansion Program (NOFA #006)β€”Not Awarded
416180Readlyn Telephone CompanyFTTP Rural Waverlyβ€”Not Awarded
416193Harmony Telephone CompanyProtivin Rural FTTPβ€”Not Awarded
416194Harmony Telephone CompanyEastern Winneshiek FTTPβ€”Not Awarded
416377Great Lakes Communication Corp2021 GLCC Broadband Expansion at Dickinson Countyβ€”Not Awarded
416413Danville Mutual Telephone CompanyLee County FTTP Project$3,549,250.00Awarded
416436SAC COUNTY MUTUAL TELEPHONEBattle Creek Fiber Broadbandβ€”Not Awarded
416472The Wyoming Mutual Telephone CompanyAmberβ€”Not Awarded
416536Scranton Telephone CompanyICIO Grant project Ralstonβ€”Not Awarded
416731Marne & Elk Horn Telephone CompanyPOTT CO/UNDERWOOD RURAL FIBER BUILD- MEH$4,550,861.64Awarded
416735Butler-Bremer Mutual Telephone CompanyButler Ave Broadbandβ€”Not Awarded
416756Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone AssociationNorth Central Webster County Project$2,604,458.36Awarded
416764Minerva Valley Telephone Co., Inc.Hopkins/190th Area FTTHβ€”Not Awarded
416769Butler-Bremer Mutual Telephone CompanyBremer Broadband Expansionβ€”Not Awarded
416771Butler-Bremer Mutual Telephone CompanyRural Denver (North) Broadband Expansionβ€”Not Awarded
417057Windstream Services, LLCWindstream Services - 2021 Empower Rural Iowa NOFA #006β€”Not Awarded
417061NEIT ServicesRural Postville 1 Gbps And Beyond Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Expansion (Secondary)β€”Not Awarded
417212EvertekHolstein Fiber Project(Secondary)β€”Not Awarded
417241FiberCommSection of rural Plymouth County and North Woodbury County Sioux Cityβ€”Not Awarded
417285EvertekRural O'Brien County Fiber Projectβ€”Not Awarded
417306Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone CompanyPott County south of Hancock HWY 6 Cares #6 July 2021β€”Not Awarded
417307Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone CompanyHWY 59 & 141 Intersection Cares #6 July 2021$50,601.00Awarded
417308Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone CompanyPortsmouth Cares #6 July 2021β€”Not Awarded
417309Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone CompanyDow City Dunlap Rural Cares #6 July 2021β€”Not Awarded
417310Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone CompanyPanama Cares #6 July 2021β€”Not Awarded
417311Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone CompanyTennant to West Hancock #6 July 2021β€”Not Awarded
417315Cumberland Telephone CompanyRural SW Iowa Fiberβ€”Not Awarded
417316Templeton Telephone CompanyTempleton Telephone Company Grant applicationβ€”Not Awarded
417326Casey Mutual Telephone CoCasey Mutual Rural Fiber Project$2,648,200.05Awarded
417344Northwest Communications Cooperative AssociationRolfe Fiberβ€”Not Awarded
417349Heart of Iowa Ventures, LLCEmpower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program #006 - Haverhill to Marshalltown Projectβ€”Not Awarded
417351Palo Cooperative Telephone AssociationPalo Expansion 2021β€”Not Awarded
417381Alpine Communications, LCAlpine Communications Rural Elgin Exchange NOFA #006$3,292,078.84Awarded
417388Alpine Communications, LCAlpine Communications Osterdock Rural NOFA #006$1,699,319.57Awarded
417389Alpine Communications, LCAlpine Communications Elkader Rural South_North NOFA #006$5,468,428.29Awarded
417391Alpine Communications, LCAlpine Communications Elkader Rural South_South NOFA #006$4,318,883.67Awarded
417556Heart of Iowa Ventures, LLCEmpower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program Northeast Hardin County Rural Projectβ€”Not Awarded
417564Mechanicsville Telephone CompanySouth Hwy 30 Mt Vernon - Lisbon Aβ€”Not Awarded
417565Mechanicsville Telephone CompanySouth Hwy 30/1 - Bβ€”Not Awarded
417566Mechanicsville Telephone CompanySouth of Buchanan$78,397.41Awarded
417580WTC Communications, Inc.Fiber to the homeβ€”Not Awarded
417582Premier Communications, Inc.Premier - Ashton (Rural)$1,745,433.90Awarded
417789Northwest Communications Cooperative AssociationWhittemore Fiberβ€”Not Awarded
417832Mechanicsville Telephone CompanyHwy 30 SW Eβ€”Not Awarded
417834Mechanicsville Telephone CompanyHWY 30 NW Fβ€”Not Awarded
417836Mediacom LLCAnthon, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
417857Dunkerton Telephone CooperativeDunkerton Telephone Cooperative NOFA #006β€”Not Awarded
417866Vinton Municipal Communications Utility (dba iVinton)High Speed Broadband Extension for Phase 2/3 of Anderson Creek Estates and Stoney Arch developmentβ€”Not Awarded
417867Mabel Cooperative Telephone CompanyRedundant Routeβ€”Not Awarded
417881AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC dba Nextlink InternetNextlink Internet - NOFA 6 Application Area 1β€”Not Awarded
418094Mediacom LLCAlexander, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418095Mediacom LLCBaxter, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418096Mediacom LLCBirmingham, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418097Mediacom LLCBradford, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418101Mediacom LLCCorrectionville, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418102Mediacom LLCDiamondhead Lake, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418103Mediacom LLCDonahue, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418104Mediacom LLCGalva, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418105Mediacom LLCGilman, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418107Mediacom LLCHamburg, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418108Mediacom LLCHavelock, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418109Mediacom LLCHoliday Lake, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418110Mediacom LLCKellogg, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418111Mediacom LLCMelbourne, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418112Mediacom LLCReasnor, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418113Mediacom LLCRhodes, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418114Mediacom LLCRutland, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418115Mediacom LLCSioux Rapids, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418116Mediacom LLCState Center, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418117Mediacom LLCStockton, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418118Mediacom LLCTerril, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418119Mediacom LLCTruesdale, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418120Mediacom LLCWayland, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418121Mediacom LLCWilliams, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418122Mediacom LLCWilton, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418123Mediacom LLCWiota, Iowaβ€”Not Awarded
418146Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone Company of Moulton IAAppanoose County Fiber Expansionβ€”Not Awarded
418147Northwest Communications Cooperative AssociationNorthwest General Fiber Projectβ€”Not Awarded
418171AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC dba Nextlink InternetNextlink Internet - NOFA 6 Application Area 2β€”Not Awarded
418172AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC dba Nextlink InternetNextlink Internet - NOFA 6 Application Area 3β€”Not Awarded
418174Farmers Mutual Telephone CompanyRural Clarinda, Bedford and Corning Fiber Investmentβ€”Not Awarded
418189River Valley Telecommunications CoopBuilding to undeserved Rural Iowansβ€”Not Awarded
418208Heart of Iowa Ventures, LLCEmpower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program #006 - Merle Hibbs Projectβ€”Not Awarded
418228BTC, Inc.Western Iowa Networks FTTP Construction Project$15,073,573.81Awarded
418239Terril Telephone CooperativeTerril Telephone Cooperative FIBER 2021β€”Not Awarded
418242Farmers and Merchants Mutual Telephone CompanyFarmers & Merchants (FarmTel) Brighton Project for NE Jefferson Countyβ€”Not Awarded
418283The Royal Telephone CompanyRoyal Telephone Company FIBER 2021β€”Not Awarded
418286Reasnor Telephone Company, LLCReasnor Telephone Company, LLC - Application-409811-Broadband Grant Programβ€”Not Awarded
418288United States Cellular CorporationCedar County 5G Broadband Expansionβ€”Not Awarded
418304Great Lakes Communication Corp2021 GLCC Broadband Expansion at Clay Countyβ€”Not Awarded
418309Great Lakes Communication Corp2021 GLCC Broadband Expansion at Buena Vista Countyβ€”Not Awarded
418448Colo TelephoneNOFA#6 Rural Northeast Nevada$60,927.50Awarded
418455AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC dba Nextlink InternetNextlink Internet - NOFA 6 Application Area 4β€”Not Awarded
418456AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC dba Nextlink InternetNextlink Internet - NOFA 6 Application Area 5β€”Not Awarded
418457AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC dba Nextlink InternetNextlink Internet - NOFA 6 Application Area 6β€”Not Awarded
418458AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC dba Nextlink InternetNextlink Internet - NOFA 6 Application Area 7β€”Not Awarded
418459AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC dba Nextlink InternetNextlink Internet - NOFA 6 Application Area 8β€”Not Awarded
418460AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC dba Nextlink InternetNextlink Internet - NOFA 6 Application Area 8β€”Not Awarded
418461AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC dba Nextlink InternetNextlink Internet - NOFA 6 Application Area 10β€”Not Awarded
418463AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC dba Nextlink InternetNextlink Internet - NOFA 6 Application Area 12 (103)β€”Not Awarded
418465AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC dba Nextlink InternetNextlink Internet - NOFA 6 Application Area 14 (110)β€”Not Awarded
418466AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC dba Nextlink InternetNextlink Internet - NOFA 6 Application Area 15 (113)β€”Not Awarded
418470AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC dba Nextlink InternetNextlink Internet - NOFA 6 Application Area 17 (116)β€”Not Awarded
418471AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC dba Nextlink InternetNextlink Internet - NOFA 6 Application Area 18 (117)β€”Not Awarded
418472AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC dba Nextlink InternetNextlink Internet - NOFA 6 Application Area 19 (118)β€”Not Awarded
418473AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC dba Nextlink InternetNextlink Internet - NOFA 6 Application Area 20 (119)β€”Not Awarded
418503Heart of Iowa Ventures, LLCEmpower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program #006 - Collison Projectβ€”Not Awarded
418505Corn Belt Telephone Company, Inc.Proposed Expanded Rural Sac County Fiber Projectβ€”Not Awarded
418507West Iowa Telephone CompanyRural Plymouth County$40,344.83Awarded
418572West Iowa Telephone CompanySioux Rapidsβ€”Not Awarded
418604Board of Water, Electric, and Communications Trustees of the City of Muscatine IowaEast Muscatine County Fiber Project$547,148.47Awarded
418612Springville Cooperative Telephone AssociationSCTA Northwest Fiber Projectβ€”Not Awarded
418615Hawkeye Telephone CompanyRural Arlington 1 Gbps And Beyond FTTH Expansion project$485,370.40Awarded
418621NatelNatel 100/100 Broadband Project - Jefferson Co.β€”Not Awarded
418635Hawkeye Telephone CompanyRural Fayette 1 Gbps And Beyond FTTH Expansion project$619,365.54Awarded
418636Miles Communications LLCNE Clintonβ€”Not Awarded
418637East Buchanan Telephone CooperativeEBTC County Line Project$81,304.12Awarded
418638Lockridge NetworksRinggold and Union County Broadband Expansion$289,977.00Awarded
418639United States Cellular CorporationWoodbury County 5G Broadband Expansionβ€”Not Awarded
418642East Buchanan Telephone CooperativeEBTC Winthrop Town Projectβ€”Not Awarded
418643East Buchanan Telephone CooperativeEBTC Quasqueton Town Projectβ€”Not Awarded
418645East Buchanan Telephone CooperativeEBTC Walker Route Projectβ€”Not Awarded
418647East Buchanan Telephone CooperativeEBTC Walker Town Projectβ€”Not Awarded
418728Cox Communications Omaha, LLCIowa Broadband Expansionβ€”Not Awarded
418745Hawkeye Telephone CompanyRural Maynard 1 Gbps And Beyond FTTH Expansion project$2,320,363.48Awarded
418759Comelec Services Inc. DBA Comelec Internet ServicesDelhi WT West upgradeβ€”Not Awarded
418795Hawkeye Telephone CompanyRural West Union 1 Gbps And Beyond FTTH Expansion project$1,127,300.38Awarded
418813Mediacom LLCCBRS - Iowa Fallsβ€”Not Awarded
418818Mediacom LLCCBRS - Elgin & West Unionβ€”Not Awarded
418837Comelec Services Inc. DBA Comelec Internet ServicesDelaware Americanβ€”Not Awarded
418889Comelec Services Inc. DBA Comelec Internet ServicesNew Monti_Anamosa Upgradesβ€”Not Awarded
418897NatelNatel 100/100 Broadband Project - Henry Co.β€”Not Awarded
418900NatelNatel 100/100 Broadband Project - Appanoose Co.β€”Not Awarded
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Program Documentation

Information concerning the grant application process, including all application materials, agreements, and program information are provided below. All Applications to this NOFA are required to be submitted electronically through the Iowa Grants System, as part of Funding Opportunity #409811 - Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Program (NOFA #006). Note: Exhibits updated following the NOFA #006 preissuance are identified below. Please ensure you download the latest version of all exhibits before proceeding to submit an Application to the Office.

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Instructional Videos for Applicants

The following instructional videos have been published for Applicants who are interested in receiving additional information about the application process under this NOFA. Note: The links below redirect users to YouTube.

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Map of Awarded Areas

See below for a map of awarded areas under NOFA #006 and NOFA #007.

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