Statewide Youth Broadband Advisory Council


The Statewide Youth Broadband Advisory Council (SYBAC) engages high school students on a variety of broadband related topics, where they identify trends and strategies to improve broadband connectivity. Meetings will take place monthly, throughout the school year, via video conference, teleconference, and/or in-person.

The Council complements state efforts to gain input from various stakeholders that are passionate about broadband, technology, and apps that require high-speed Internet. The advisory council provides Iowa’s youth a voice in broadband and technology. This initiative allows high school students to help steer broadband and technology conversations. Our goal is to hear from the next generation.

SYBAC is open to 10th – 12th grade Iowa students. The council’s goal is to gather useful information on what high school students feel could impact high-speed Internet in their schools and in their communities. Students will identify effective strategies to improve broadband connectivity and community environments, which could assist in advocacy efforts for rural Internet connectivity.

2017-2018 SYBAC Students

  • Coming soon

SYBAC 2017-2018 Meeting Dates

  • September 11 at 2 PM
  • October 9 at 2 PM
  • November 13 at 2 PM
  • December 11 at 2 PM
  • January 8 at 2 PM
  • February 12 *All-day in-person event
  • March 12 at 2 PM
  • April 9 at 2 PM
  • May 14 at 2 PM

SYBAC members will:

  • Participate in SYBAC meetings (by phone and online).
  • Receive access to Iowa State University’s Security Literacy Curriculum.
  • Serve as the youth voice to the Iowa Telecommunications and Technology Commission.
  • Provide youth input on broadband efforts to create a connected Iowa.
  • Serve as a council representative for a minimum of one (1) year, September – May.

Contact Lori Larsen at for questions about the council.