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ICN Mission

Broadband Strong

ICN Vision

Delivering FLEXIBLE broadband and FAST experiences to meet the growing broadband needs of education, government, public safety, and healthcare in Iowa.

2018 Legislative Session

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Below are updates on the bills that the ICN is tracking this session:

House File (HF) 2254 (Companion Bill SF 2307 - A bill for an act relating to 911 emergency telephone and internet communication systems, making appropriations, and including effective date provisions. 

  • This bill authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) to combine the wireline and wireless 911 services in Iowa.  The ICN has been awarded a portion of that task through a competitive bidding process completed by HSEMD.
  • HF 2254 passed the Senate (ayes 47, nays none) on 3/27 and was sent to Governor Reynolds for signature.
  • Signed by Governor Reynolds on April 4.

Senate File (SF) 2235 (Companion Bill HF 2394) – A bill for an act relating to criminal acts committed on or against critical infrastructure property and providing penalties.

  • SF 2235 was passed by the House (ayes 69, nays 31) on 3/27 with amendments.
  • SF 2235 was substituted for HF 2394 on 3/27.
  • The Senate concurred with the House amendment pertaining to critical infrastructure sabotage definitions and critical infrastructure sabotage penalties on 4/3.
  • SF 2235 was passed by the Senate (ayes 35, nays 13) on 4/3.  The bill now goes to the Governor.


Partnership with Public Safety

ICN is dedicating resources to ensure that the State of Iowa’s critical public safety operations receive the highest level of Broadband management and facilitation.

  • FirstNet: In January 2016, FirstNet released the Request for Proposal to deploy the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. ICN has worked with the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS), and will continue to work supporting this initiative as it moves forward.
  • NG-911: For several years the ICN has provided primary broadband connections to the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department (HSEMD). ICN continues to look for ways it can help strengthen HSEMD’s ability to serve critical public safety-grade broadband to the PSAPs in the state.
  • Wi-Fi Internet for School Emergencies (WISE): DPS led pilot initiative, in collaboration with local public safety agencies, to utilize ICN’s broadband connections at school locations to increase the level of security and safety at the participating schools.

Security Services

Providing new cybersecurity products and services for our end users to assist them in protecting their networks is a top priority for ICN. Advanced technical monitoring will be provided to respond to outages, cyber threats, and cyber intrusions.

Carrier Grade Telecommunications Lab

A Carrier-Grade Telecommunications Lab has been established on the Capitol Complex. The lab provides production testing pertaining to new product introductions, protocol enhancements, services changes, and scalability in the network, voice, and video infrastructure. This lab is a critical piece for the security and protection of the ICN’s production network.

Statewide Youth Broadband Advisory Council

Continuing the ICN’s Statewide Youth Broadband Advisory Council (SYBAC) for a second year. SYBAC students discuss free public Wi-Fi, driverless cars, lack of strong broadband in some Iowa schools, wireless communication technology, and other issues identified by the students.


ICN Facts - January 2018

Operating and Capital Asset Revenue - FY 2017

Expenses by Vendor Type - FY 2017

Authorized Users

The two pieces of legislation that specify the authorized users served by the Iowa Communications Network can be found in the administrative rules for the Iowa Telecommunications and Technology Commission and the Chapter 8D of the Iowa Code.


Number of Authorized Users

Higher Education (Regents Universities, Community Colleges, Independent Colleges and Universities)47
K-12 (Public and Private Schools)498
Area Education Agencies9
State Agencies39
Miscellaneous (Federal Agencies, US Postal Service, City of Des Moines)14

ICN does not provide services to all authorized users. Numbers reflect entities classified as authorized users in the Code of Iowa.


The ICN is an independent State Agency that is governed by the Iowa Telecommunications and Technology Commission. The six members are Governor-appointed and Senate-confirmed for a six-year term. The Executive Director is appointed by the Commission and confirmed by the Senate.

ITTC Members

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Chapter 8D of the Code

Administrative Rules