Provide a statewide, innovative, secure, reliable network, and technology solutions for education, healthcare, public safety, and government.


The Iowa Communications Network is an independent state agency that administers Iowa's statewide fiber optic telecommunications network.

  • Business offices are located on the State Capitol Complex in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • The hub and Network Operations Center are located at the Iowa National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters (JFHQ) in Johnston, Iowa.
  • The Iowa Telecommunications and Technology Commission (ITTC) is the ICN's governing body. The ITTC provides centralized, coordinated use and control of the Network.
  • ICN’s executive director is appointed by the ITTC.
  • Fees for services make up the majority of the revenue received by the ICN. The ICN has not received a General Fund appropriation since FY 2004 for operating the Network.
  • The state-of-the-art fiber optic network provides telecommunications services to its authorized users including:
    • high-speed broadband Internet
    • data
    • voice (phone)
    • security 
    • consulting

Authorized Users

ICN's authorized users, under Code of Iowa, include: 

  • K-12 schools
  • Higher education
  • Hospitals and Clinics
  • State and Federal Government
  • National Guard Armories
  • Libraries
Sector / UsersLocations Served
Public & Private K-12. Area Education Agencies. Community Colleges. Regents. Private Colleges. Libraries.
Hospitals & Clinics. ICN manages Iowa Hospital Association’s healthcare broadband network IRHTP (The Iowa Rural Health Telecommunications Program)
County Courthouses, Department of Human Services Offices, Iowa Workforce Development Satellite Offices, Department of Transportation Garages, Driver’s License Stations, & Construction Offices.
Public Safety
Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD), Department of Public Safety, Iowa National Guard, Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) for NG911 for Iowa HSEMD.