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Mission and Vision

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.

2017 Legislative Summary

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The legislature adjourned on April 22.

Commissioner Tim Lapointe’s fourth term appointment (through 2023) was approved by the Senate on April 6. He has served on the Iowa Telecommunications and Technology Commission (ITTC) since 1999. Each commission member serves a 6-year term, and is subject to confirmation by the Senate.Session Highlights:

  • House File 467 - Effective July 1, ICN will be able to provide communication services to the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
  • Senate File 500 - Effective July 1, HSEMD will direct a portion of 911 funds to begin the consolidation of the e911 & NG911 networks.
  • House File 601 - Effective July 1, information and records regarding cybersecurity and physical/critical infrastructure will be considered confidential, and not subject to Iowa's open records statute.
  • Senate File 431 - Effective July 1, wireless companies will be free to mount micro-cells on certain city structures in order to build future 5G infrastructure.

Projects

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.

Resources

Operating and Capital Asset Revenue

Expenses by Vendor Type

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.

Type

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
Libraries544
Hospitals157
Miscellaneous (Federal Agencies, US Postal Service, City of Des Moines)14
Total1,308

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

Governance

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 commissioner head shots

ITTC Members

ITTC Meetings

Chapter 8D of the Code

Administrative Rules