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[February 15, 2013]

The State of Iowa Seeks Offers for the Purchase or lease of the Iowa Communications Network

DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The State of Iowa, acting through its semi-autonomous agency, the Iowa Telecommunications and Technology Commission (ITTC), is seeking offers for the purchase or lease of the assets and business of the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) under the terms and conditions set forth in a Request for Proposals (RFP) #13-006 dated February 6, 2013.

The Iowa General Assembly approved legislation enabling the sale or lease of the ICN (2011 Iowa Acts, Chapter 122, Section 8 as amended by 2011 Iowa Acts, Chapter 127, Section 55) as supervised by the ITTC, the entity with the sole authority to supervise the management, development, and operation of the ICN.

This RFP is issued through the ICN's privatization website at www.ICNRFP.com About the Iowa Communications Network The ICN is one of the nation's premier, state owned fiber-optic networks. It is primarily dedicated to distance learning and to providing Iowans with convenient, equal access to education and government. The Network was established to make it possible for Iowans, physically separated by location, to interact in an efficient, creative, and cost-effective manner. Through partnerships with education, health care, the judicial system, government agencies, and the National Guard, the Network provides live, full-motion video to over 700 classrooms around Iowa, located in schools, National Guard armories, libraries, hospitals, and federal and state government offices, as well as providing video over IP, voice, data, WAN (Wide Area Network) connections, and high-speed Internet to authorized users.

Contact: Jontell HarrisIowa Communications NetworkGrimes State Office Bldg400 East 14th StreetDes Moines, IA 50319 Telephone 515-725-1102FAX 515-725-4727 jontell.harris@iowa.gov SOURCE Iowa Communications Network http://rt.prnewswire.com/rt.gif NewsItemId=CG61220&Transmission_Id=201302151249PR_NEWS_USPR_____CG61220&DateId=20130215

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