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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, September 2017 - May 2018, via video conference, teleconference, and/or in-person. Students selected for the 2017-18 school year will be notified by ICN in May.

SYBAC Day 2017 - February 14

High school students from across Iowa experienced the opportunity on February 14 to meet with elected officials at the State Capitol to discuss the importance of strong reliable broadband in their daily lives. In addition to meeting with elected officials at the statehouse, SYBAC students had a special visitor to their monthly meeting at ICN headquarters. Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds participated in a table discussion with the students on a range of topics including cybersecurity, the Internet of Things (IoT), expanding broadband availability in rural areas, and future internship opportunities for students in Iowa.


The Statewide Youth Broadband Advisory Council (SYBAC) 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. Ric Lumbard, ICN Executive Director says, “This initiative allows high school students to help steer the broadband and technology conversations. Our goal is to hear from the next generation.”

The SYBAC is composed of students enrolled in grades 10th - 12th from public and nonpublic schools in Iowa. 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.

2016-2017 SYBAC Students

Zachary Mass, Treynor Community High School 
Eryn Perry, Southeast Polk High School
Trent Gilbert, Valley High School
Ryan Wehrman, Southeast Polk High School
Gabe Golberg, Mount Vernon High School
Hunter Werner, Louisa-Muscatine Jr./Sr. Schools
Hunter Dorhout, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School 
Kaleb Haeffner, Danville High School
Zachary Wolff, Norwalk High School
Aaron Mark, Burlington High School  
Beau Lapointe, Mason City High School

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SYBAC 2016-2017 Meeting Dates

Tuesday, September 13 at 1 PM
Tuesday, October 11 at 2 PM
Tuesday, November 8 at 2 PM
Tuesday, December 13 at 2 PM
Tuesday, January 10 at 2 PM
Tuesday, February 14 *All-day in-person meeting at 10 AM
Tuesday, March 14 at 2 PM
Tuesday, April 11 at 2 PM
Tuesday, May 9 at 2 PM

SYBAC members will: 

  • Participate in SYBAC meetings (by phone and online).
  • Receive training in 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.

Printed from the website on May 29, 2017 at 1:55pm.