Iowa Communications Network
The economic and geographic challenges of serving a predominantly rural state like Iowa can result in limited high-speed Internet service outside of the state’s major metropolitan areas. The Iowa Communications Network (ICN) plans to utilize its partnerships with key anchor institutions and other service providers to address this problem and bring enhanced broadband capabilities to all 99 of the state’s counties. ICN’s Bridging the Digital Divide for Iowa’s Communities project proposes to upgrade its existing 3,000-mile network to provide 10 Gbps-capable points of presence in each county, while enabling a system upgrade for as many as 1,000 community anchor institutions statewide to 1 Gbps Ethernet service. Community anchors served by this project will include over 50 libraries, 800 educational institutions, and 1,000 government facilities. ICN’s partnership with non-profit Iowa Health System will allow for a comprehensive statewide fiber network that serves public sector, private sector, and non-profit entities.