Branching Out funds awarded; Mediacom doubles speed of Internet service
Branching Out funds awarded
Interstate Power and Light Company, an Alliant Energy company, and Trees Forever announced they are awarding $136,947 to 41 Iowa communities or organizations through the Branching Out community tree planting program this spring.
Eldon is set to receive $2,500. Pekin is set to receive $10,000.
Branching Out is a nationally recognized program through which Alliant Energy, Trees Forever and local community leaders work together to develop, fund and implement public tree-planting projects. The program is designed to encourage energy efficiency, improve quality of life, support economic development, increase environmental awareness and encourage volunteer involvement in Iowa communities served by Alliant Energy.
The Branching Out program is offered exclusively to Iowa communities where Alliant Energy provides electric and/or natural gas service. The utility provides grants of between $500 and $10,000 for community-based, tree-planting projects at parks, community gateways, cemeteries, nature trails, libraries, nursing homes, schools and more. Trees Forever administers the Branching Out program and provides technical and planning support to participating groups and communities.
Since the beginning of the Branching Out program in 1989, more than 1.1 million trees and seedlings have been planted throughout Iowa.
Branching Out project grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year, but are considered for funding during two grant-making cycles: Nov. 1 for spring plantings and June 1 for fall plantings.
For information, contact Trees Forever at 800-369-1269. Applications are available online at alliantenergy.com/branchingout or treesforever.org.
Mediacom doubles speeds of broadband Internet
Mediacom Communications has doubled the speeds of its fastest broadband Internet service to provide residents in a 10-county area of southeast Iowa with download speeds of 105 mega-bits-per-second.
The higher-speed Internet service, Ultra 105, is more than twice as fast as the speeds Mediacom previously launched with the innovative technology known as DOCSIS 3.0.
Mediacom Ultra 105 became available to homes and businesses in an area stretching from Oskaloosa to Keokuk, and including Columbus Junction, Fairfield, Centerville and 25 other communities, following a recent test period by local customers and employees. The more powerful broadband service gives users the ability to upload data at a speed of 10 Mbps.
Mediacom upgraded its network technology last summer with the elimination of most analog bandwidth. That change, along with a multi-million-dollar investment in new equipment, made it possible to more double the number of high-definition television channels carried in Mediacom’s local TV lineup, and also boost Internet speeds to keep pace with growing demand from people who stream data to and from the Internet.
The speed boost to Ultra 105 comes on the heels of new data compiled monthly by Netflix in which Mediacom is ranked as one of the county’s six fastest Internet service providers.
Each Mediacom Ultra 50 or Ultra 105 customer is equipped with a new, more powerful modem configured for the higher Internet speeds.