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Delivering FLEXIBLE broadband and FAST experiences to meet the growing broadband needs of education, government, public safety, and healthcare in Iowa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Agencies||9|
|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.