Apply to serve on the Telecommunications Commission
Get involved in your community and consider joining the Iowa City Telecommunications Commission.
There are currently two vacancies, with three-year terms beginning on July 1, 2017. The commission meets once a month for regularly scheduled meetings.
- Working with the public, the media, the City, and the cable company for the purpose of making recommendations on various issues.
- Monitoring and promoting community programming and the use of the local access channels by a wide range of individuals, institutions, and organizations.
- Informing and educating citizens on matters related to cable TV and other communications systems.
Those interested in the position must live in Iowa City and be at least 18 years old. State law requires commissions to be balanced according to gender. There are currently 2 men and 1 woman on the telecommunications commission.
Applications are due Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by 5 p.m. Forms are available online at icgov.org/boardscommissionsandcommittees and can be completed and submitted online, or printed and delivered to the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street, Iowa City.
More information about the Iowa City Telecommunications Commission can be found at icgov.org.
Local Access Channel Survey Results are Now Available
The City Cable TV Office has issued a report to the Iowa City Telecommunications Commission on a survey recently conducted to ascertain the public’s perceptions of the local cable access channels. The survey looked at programming preferences, sources of information about programming, methods of viewership, and frequency and barriers to viewership. The report can be found here.
Read Our Consumer Guide
In response to the results of our consumer survey, we've created a Consumer Guide to help citizens understand their options for broadband use. Click here to see our online Guide.
Residential Broadband Survey Results
In the fall of 2013, the City of Iowa City Telecommunications Commission conducted a survey of over six hundred Iowa City area residential broadband consumers, looking at factors affecting consumer satisfaction, consumer knowledge of their broadband service, patterns of broadband use, and broadband network performance. The survey results will be used by the Commission in developing a public education program to help consumers better understand their broadband service and options. The survey results are now available to the public. A summary of the results as well as the full report can be found here.
Former Commission Chair, Hans Hoerschelman, remarked that the survey uncovered several surprising results. “Consumers’ knowledge about their broadband service, in regards to both the level of service they purchased and the level of service they actually received, was less than might be expected. Remarkably, age, educational attainment, and household income did not correlate with the level of service to which consumers subscribe, the Internet applications they use, or their level of understanding about broadband service. I was also surprised to learn that nearly a third of respondents reported they use an Internet connection to work from home either ‘primarily’ or ‘part-time’.”
Other findings include:
1. Over a third of respondents did not know the advertised top speed of their service level. Nearly half did not know the speed of their service tier for their computer to send information to other computers. Over two thirds did not know whether they were subject to surcharges if their use exceed a certain limit.
2. Overall, respondents selected service tiers with download speeds, or the speed of a service, similar to the national average of fifteen point six megabits per second (Mbps), or the amount of data that can be sent per second, despite having access to service levels with speeds higher than the national average. Over half of respondents subscribe to a service tier between eight Mbps and twenty Mbps. A little over a quarter have less than eight Mbps. Only three percent receive forty Mbps or more.
3. Nine percent of respondents reported being “very satisfied” with their service. Seven percent were “satisfied,” nineteen percent “somewhat satisfied,” twenty-two percent “somewhat dissatisfied,” fifteen percent “dissatisfied,” and eighteen percent “very dissatisfied”. Overall, fifty-five percent fell into the “dissatisfied” group and forty-five percent were in the “satisfied” group.
4. Cost of broadband service was most frequently cited as the aspect of service with which respondents were dissatisfied. Seventy-nine percent of respondents believe the cost of broadband service is too high for the level of service provided.
5. Streaming video is at least a weekly event for sixty-four percent of households. Steaming video usage has grown significantly in the past three years and usage will continue to grow. Over two thirds of respondents wish to use more Internet applications than they do currently. Overall demand for bandwidth will continue to grow.
6. Over two thirds of households have four or more devices connected to the Internet.
Cable TV and Broadband Internet News
Every month the Iowa City Telecommunications Commission meeting packet includes links to articles related to cable TV and broadband Internet, with particular interest in those issues that impact Iowa City. Those article links can be found on the meeting packet page.