Iowa Communications Network Newsletter - May 2022

Government and Politics

May 20, 2022

Statewide Youth Broadband Advisory Council

Students can apply to the ICN's SYBAC by submitting a membership application and having a teacher submit a recommendation on their behalf.

Better Password Practices

How did you celebrate World Password Day on May 5th? The National Cybersecurity Alliance published tips to keep accounts secure. These tips are helpful in encouraging better habits of password settings and security.

- Passphrases

- Multi-Factor Authentication

Review the Password Management Practices

Education Sector Turns to the ICN for Internet and Data

Schools and libraries are continuing to use the FCC’s E-Rate program to help keep their sites connected. ICN is gearing up to deploy Internet and data services for the 2022-2023 school year, and below are some E-rate highlights.

- Many users maintained their same Internet speed or requested to increase their bandwidth connections.

- Funding requests are for services between the ranges of 1 Gigabit to 3 Gigabits and above.

ICN has participated in the E-rate program since 2001, helping Iowa's schools and libraries stay connected, saving over $125 million.

Read all the E-Rate Highlights

Customer Notices

Reservationless-Plus will be Replaced by PGi GlobalMeet

Our Reservationless-Plus audio conferencing service will be migrated to the PGi GlobalMeet platform. This migration will occur by May 27. In mid-May customers will receive their welcome email with their new account information. You can start using your new account immediately.

E-Rate Information for K-12 Education

FY2022 E-rate Applicant Survey

Funds For Learning is conducting a nationwide survey of E-rate applicants to let the FCC know how important E-rate support is for schools & libraries. Take this anonymous survey.

Internet2 Update

Free Teacher Professional Development Opportunity from the Presidential Primary Sources Project

Internet2 is sharing a free virtual professional development workshop for teachers. This three-day online workshop from July 12-14, 2022, presents teachers with tools and primary sources to help navigate historical themes in their curriculum.

Learn about the online workshop.

ICN is Iowa's only authorized anchor giving access to Internet2 services for our K-12 education users.

Highlights from Social Media

ICN Industry of the Month: Government

Consider the ways Iowan’s use government services: benefit programs, facilitating travel & commerce, hunting licenses, driver’s license services and judicial proceedings. The ICN connects the government to Iowans. 

ICN Service of the Month: Cloud Connect

Our customers should be asking: What’s my cloud strategy? Is a private connection needed? Let ICN provide direction! We offers a direct transport/cloud service that is safe and private.