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Rural Broadband Month: Iowa’s Governor Working to Connect More Families, Businesses, Farmers

By Jessica Denson

As part of Rural Broadband Month, RFD-TV, a broadcast group that focuses on rural affairs issues across the country, is focusing on the challenges and solutions to bringing broadband (high-speed internet) to more families, businesses, and farms across the U.S.

These interviews are taking place throughout August, and on Wednesday, August 9, RFD-TV talked with Governor Kim Reynolds (pictured left), who has led efforts to connect more families in Iowa as both the Lt. Governor and now Governor of the state.

I think Iowa recognizes the importance of driving toward a more connected state. We’ve prioritized technology deployment,” Governor Reynolds said. “We now have 30 Iowa communities that are utilizing Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program, and really what that does is it helps them [community leaders] identify the challenges and solutions. Your previous caller talked about partnerships that really drive opportunity for a community to work together for Technology Action Plans.”

The governor also discussed her work to pass the state’s “Connect Every Acre” bill in 2015.

“Iowa is an agricultural state and for us to take advantage of some of the technologies available, especially for precision farming, and if we want to keep our millennials and our young people, it’s important that they’re able to connect. And so we were able to get that passed in 2015 and we’ve been making progress on really building that out,” Governor Reynolds said.

Watch the governor’s full interview here or below to learn more about the ways she is working to help all of Iowa’s families, businesses, and agricultural communities become part of a digital world.

To learn more about the Connectedsm Technology Action Plans Governor Reynolds mentioned in her interview, head to our Connect My Community website and become a community champion today.




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