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Central Iowa Broadband Internet Survey

The Central Iowa Broadband Internet Survey is a comprehensive study of broadband internet usage and availability for 11 counties in the region. Working with broadband internet professionals and local leaders, the goal is to create a one-of-a-kind study that will provide decision-makers a detailed view of internet availability in our region.

The Broadband Internet Survey results will help regional leaders identify and address current gaps in availability, speed/performance, reliability and affordability. This survey will help policymakers and providers better understand where gaps exist, and therefore provide them with opportunities to consider additional funding mechanisms. There are two separate survey links: one for residential households and one for businesses.

Take Residential Survey  Take Business Survey


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The residential survey measures:

  • broadband internet availability and consumer experience to identify gaps that need to be addressed.
  • whether broadband internet is available at a particular address.
  • other limiting factors such as reliability and affordability.

The business survey measures:

  • internet availability and experience to identify gaps.
  • what impacts current broadband internet service (and associated gaps) are having on business operations and growth.

The Partnership needs the community’s help to understand high-speed internet availability and services around the region. A few minutes of your time will help define the future of the internet in the region.

Central Iowa Broadband Internet Survey Public Forums

Residents who are interested in learning more about the Broadband Internet Survey are encouraged to participate in a series of online public forums on issues affecting broadband access and adoption. Forum participants will hear directly from residents about how broadband has impacted their lives in four vital areas: rural broadband, remote learning, remote work and remote health care.

The Rural Broadband Experience

Thursday, May 6 at Noon |  LAUNCH MEETING

Panelists

  • Bill Menner, Iowa Rural Development Council
  • Brittany Morales, Iowa Area Development Group
  • Brent Kelso, Rural Warren County
  • James Baur, Madison County Farmer/Farm Bureau Member
  • Tar Marcias, Hola Iowa
  • Tom Leners, Madison County Development Corporation

The Challenges of Learning from Home

Thursday, May 6 at 4 p.m. | LAUNCH MEETING

Panelists

  • Greg Ebeling, Pella Community School District
  • Kendra Alexander, Winterset Community School District
  • Izaah Knox, Urban Dreams
  • Joel Lundstrom, Des Moines Area Community College

Getting Care from Anywhere — Telehealth in Central Iowa

Monday, May 10 at 2 p.m. | LAUNCH MEETING

Panelists

  • Katie Wengert, Broadlawns Medical Center
  • Kay Vanags, Aging Resources of Central Iowa
  • Benjamin Lefever, Certintell Telehealth

Remote Work Challenges and Opportunities

Tuesday, May 11 at 10 a.m. | LAUNCH MEETING

Panelists

  • Staci Hupp Ballard, Iowa Economic Development Authority
  • Ben McDougal, Author and Entrepreneur
  • Dave Tucker, NextLevel Ventures
  • Marvin DeJear, Greater Des Moines Partnership

Thank You to the Survey Partners

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