Agency Information - ICN’s Story

The ICN, a state agency, is the country's premier distance learning and state government Network, committed to continued enhancement of distance learning and providing Iowans with convenient, equal access to education and government.

The Network makes it possible for Iowans, physically separated by location, to interact in an efficient, creative, and cost-effective manner. Through partnerships with education, medicine, the judicial system, government agencies, and the National Guard, the Network brings live, full-motion video to over 700 sites/classrooms around Iowa, located in schools, National Guard armories, libraries, hospitals, and federal and state government offices.

ICN map of owned and leased fiber

ICN’s services include voice, full-motion video, video over IP, data, Wide Area Network (WAN) connections and high-speed Internet via an expansive network of state-owned and leased fiber.

  • The Iowa Communications Network is an independent state agency that administers Iowa's statewide fiber optic telecommunications network.
  • ICN's authorized users, under Code of Iowa, include: K-12 schools, higher education, hospitals, state and federal government, National Guard armories, and libraries.
  • Business office is 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 governing body of the ICN. The Commission provides for the centralized, coordinated use and control of the Network.
  • Ric Lumbard, ICN’s executive director, is appointed by the ITTC. 
  • Administrative and operational functions of the ICN are performed by the Administration Division (Finance and Business Services) and the Network Operations & Engineering Division.
  • 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.

ICN Timeline

A Timeline of ICN 

Timeline