Iowa Schools Benefit from ICN’s Broadband

Iowa Schools

ICN continues to deliver the broadband connectivity to help Iowa’s schools and libraries provide digital learning opportunities to students. In this digital age, demand for bandwidth is consistently growing, due to increasing 1 to 1 mobile device initiatives, online testing, and an abundance of wireless devices in schools.  

As the current school year ends, ICN is gearing up for orders that were recently placed by K-12 school districts for the 2019-2020 school year. The following are a few of the highlights.

  • Nineteen (19) schools increased subscription of Internet bandwidth from 200-300 Megabits per second to 1 Gigabits per second.
  • Two eligible schools increased bandwidth to 2 Gigabits.
  • A new bandwidth leader has subscribed to 6 Gigabit Internet service.
  • Basic Internet with Firewall service is a unique Internet plus security product that ICN offers only to education customers. Five K-12 schools added this product.
  • One school district has scheduled a fiber buildout that is being paid for by E-rate funds.

In April, K-12 school districts and libraries across the United States completed the E-rate* filing to receive discounts/subsidies for affordable access to advanced telecommunication services. Program discounts depend on the free and reduced lunch percentage of each school building and range from 20-85%.  

Pursuant to federal requirements, for eligible schools and libraries to receive discounts, they are required to use a competitive bidding process for their e-rate eligible services and award based upon best value (primarily cost).

ICN has participated in the E-Rate program since 2001, currently providing telecommunications discounts to 239 schools and libraries in Iowa.  Over the years, ICN has helped Iowa's schools and libraries stay connected, saving over $95.1 million.

* E-Rate is the commonly used name for the Schools and Libraries Program administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).