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In October 2014, ICN selected Fiberutilities Group, an Iowa based company, to provide technical staff for the operation and maintenance of the ICN. The managed services included: management systems, on-site technicians to staff ICN’s Network Operations Center located in Johnston, IA, and field support staff located around the state. Fiberutilities Group’s contract began in January 2015.
By statute, the Iowa Telecommunications and Technology Commission (ITTC) is required to lease connections to schools, libraries, AEA’s, judicial, correctional services connections, and connections to state agencies that are paid with state funding. A connection is the physical connection from the Network to ICN’s authorized user location.
The state funded $35.5 million in installation costs for the connections to school, library, and AEA (Part III) sites as well as paying a monthly lease cost.
When Network construction plans were first implemented to connect K-12 schools, libraries, AEAs and state agencies, the legislature wanted the private telecommunications providers to have an opportunity to serve their local areas. Companies winning the leasing bids for schools, libraries and AEAs were also provided with funds to construct the required infrastructure.
ICN partners with the following private sector telecommunications companies to provided Part III leased connections. In total there are 330 part III sites leased in partnership with 42 vendors.