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Earlier this week, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed into law legislation known as the “Connecting Iowa Farms, Schools, and Communities Act.” This new law will expand high-speed Internet and wireless communications in rural areas. The Act also contains language to create a uniform process for locating cell towers, modifying existing sites, and the co-location of towers and the rights/responsibilities of government authorities when approving applications. “PCIA is pleased that Governor Branstad has signed into law a bipartisan bill that will strengthen broadband high-speed connectivity throughout Iowa,” PCIA—The Wireless Infrastructure Association commented. “Governor Branstad has long been a proponent of enhanced wireless infrastructure deployment. This law will enable Iowans who live and work in hard-to-reach areas to gain access to cutting edge mobile data that can help them transform their lives and communities. PCIA supports making these streamlined functions permanent.” The law will also set limits of materials required of wireless facility applications and application fees, as well as set a 150 day new build/90 day substantial co-location shot clock.