$450 million for statewide high-speed broadband by 2025
There are a few big issues that we can begin to address tonight. The need for universal broadband is one of them. I'm done taking small steps and hoping for big change. Let's plant a stake in the ground and declare that every part of Iowa will have
affordable, high-speed broadband by 2025. We'll get there by committing $450 million over that time period, which will leverage millions more in private investment, giving Iowa the biggest buildout of high-speed internet in the country.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Iowa legislature
, Jan 12, 2021
Broadband is not a luxury; it's critical infrastructure
After unanimous support from this legislature, last year the Empower Rural Iowa Act provided $5 million that is now helping to fund 17 broadband projects in rural Iowa. Broadband is not a luxury; it's critical infrastructure. I'm requesting that we
appropriate an additional $15 million and adjust our state match so we can continue to leverage private and federal funding to build out broadband to every part of Iowa, making us the most connected state in the nation.
Source: 2020 Iowa State of the State address
, Jan 14, 2020
Access to high speed internet is crucial: dedicate $140M
Over a century ago, a town's proximity to the railroad was key; over the last 100 years, our focus has been on highways and interstates. Now it's virtual connectivity that has become essential. Businesses, schools, hospitals, and even our combines,
rely on high-speed internet. I am requesting $20 million, split over two years, for broadband infrastructure. This funding will accelerate expansion and leverage an additional $120 million in private investment for high-speed internet.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Iowa legislature
, Jan 15, 2019
Internet grew & thrived before net neutrality
Net Neutrality: Support requiring internet providers to provide equal access to all users?
Hubbell: Unknown on net neutrality. Advocates for expanded affordable rural internet access.
Reynolds: No. "The internet grew & thrived before net neutrality and.will continue to grow & thrive after the FCC's decision to eliminate the rule."
Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Iowa Governor race
, Nov 1, 2018
Expand broadband capabilities to every corner of rural Iowa
While I love our capital city, I believe the heart, soul, and spirit of Iowa will always remain in our small towns and rural communities. Like many of you, I grew up in one of those small towns and when I go home, I hear the disappointment and I share
the frustration when another storefront closes.
So today I'm announcing a new initiative that focuses on rural Iowa, which I have asked Lieutenant Governor Gregg to lead. We will bring together leaders from across
Iowa with different backgrounds to be part of this effort. Iowans who have lived in rural communities all of their lives, those who recently moved there, young professionals, successful business owners, and those just starting out.
This new initiative will promote investment and connect rural Iowa by expanding broadband capabilities in every corner of our state. Our goal: to keep and bring home Iowa's sons and daughters and grow the next generation of community leaders.
STEM initiative to prepare for a 21st century economy
To ensure that our children are prepared for a 21st century economy we advanced a nationally recognized STEM initiative that gives students the confidence and skills for rewarding careers.
The STEM initiative is led by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Kemin Industries, and has seen outstanding growth and success. Sustaining these measures over time is critical to get the right results for our students and our state.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Iowa Legislature
, Jan 10, 2017