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The Iowa Communications Network (ICN) is the country's premier distance learning and state government network, committed to providing Iowans with convenient, equal access to education, government and healthcare. The ICN makes it possible for Iowans, physically separated by location, to interact in an efficient, creative, and cost-effective manner. ICN provides high-speed Internet, data, video conferencing, and voice (phone) services to authorized users, under Code of Iowa, which includes: K-12 schools, higher education, hospitals, state and federal government, National Guard armories, and libraries.
ICN’s awareness initiative is called ‘Broadband Matters’ which showcases the importance of delivering broadband to all corners of the State. ICN’s mission with this initiative is to advocate for true high speed broadband to provide Iowans ‘connections that matter.’ As part of this initiative, we have launched a new website at www.broadbandmatters.com.
An ongoing effort beginning in 2014 is connecting the second phase of healthcare users to the Iowa Rural Health Telecommunications Program (IRHTP) broadband fiber Network, which includes 89 original sites. Between 2007-2013, a total of 118 healthcare locations were added to the IRHTP broadband network through the FCC’s Rural Healthcare Pilot Program.