The state of Iowa announces “Dig Once” program

OFFICIAL NOTICE. December 30, 2021. The Office of the Chief Information Officer (“OCIO”) has released the first version of the State of Iowa’s Fiber Optic Network Conduit Installation (“Dig Once”) program. More information regarding this program can be found on the website at https://ocio.iowa.gov/dig-once

The OCIO is leading and coordinating a program to provide for the installation of fiber optic network conduit where such conduit does not exist. To further the program, the OCIO has developed a website to help identify where opportunities may exist to lay or install fiber optic network conduit alongside state-funded construction projects involving trenching, boring, a bridge, a roadway, or opening of the ground, or alongside any state-owned infrastructure.

The Dig Once website provides access to information concerning the Iowa Department of Transportation (“DOT”) five-year state-funded infrastructure projects. The website provides a map of locations where anticipated projects will occur and a form to sign up to receive updates when new projects are identified within locations of interest. Please visit https://ocio.iowa.gov/dig-once to view this information. Questions may be submitted by e-mail to ociogrants@iowa.gov.

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