Broadband Matters Overview
Broadband Matters is an initiative sponsored by the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) to showcase the importance of delivering broadband services to all corners of the state using various technologies. Our mission is advocating for broadband to provide Iowans connections that matter.
The purpose of the Broadband Matters initiative is:
- To help educate the public on the availability of broadband services and technologies.
- To help foster the understanding of the need for broadband and the role it plays in Iowa’s future in a 21st century global marketplace.
- To help propel the entire statewide broadband conversation; even beyond the reach of the ICN and its authorized customer base.
Through the Broadband Matters campaign, the ICN intends to generate and encourage a statewide conversation about the ways in which public and private partnerships can be established to spur the development of high-speed broadband throughout the State of Iowa.
“Broadband is that economic development tool or that next wave of commerce. I think broadband will be that vehicle that will empower economic development but it won’t just be for one sector, it will be for every part of our lives including education, government, public safety, healthcare; through every aspect of our lives.”
About the Iowa Communications Network
The Iowa Communications Network (ICN) is the country's premier distance learning and state government broadband carrier network. The ICN provides high speed broadband Internet, data, video conferencing, voice (phone), and cybersecurity services to authorized users, under Code of Iowa, which includes: K-12 schools, higher education, hospitals and clinics, state and federal government, National Guard armories, and libraries. Iowa’s state-of-the-art statewide fiber optic telecommunications network is made up of an estimated 3,400 miles of owned fiber and 5,200 miles of leased fiber secured by an exchange of value with the private sector. Broadband Strong: Delivering FLEXIBLE broadband and FAST experiences to meet the growing broadband needs of education, government, public safety, and healthcare in Iowa.