Iowa LinkedUp, a coalition of telecommunications organizations, will host a forum on Dec.12 in Fort Dodge to highlight the importance of broadband in the state. Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will speak on the "Connect Every Iowan" initiative. Other speakers include Steve Collier, vice president of business development at Texas-based Milsoft Utility Solutions, who will talk about the link between economic development and communications, and Will Walling, manager of market expansion and business development at Iowa Network Services Inc., who will discuss the broadband structure in Iowa. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Iowa Central Community College, 330 Avenue M. Registration costs $30 and can be done here.