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Apply to serve on the Telecommunications Commission

Get involved in your community and consider joining the Iowa City Telecommunications Commission.

There is currently one vacancy, with a term beginning immediately, and ending on on July 1, 2020. The commission meets once a month for regularly scheduled meetings.

Duties include:

  • 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.

Iowa City Telecommunications Commission


The Iowa City Telecommunications Commission (ICTC) is a five member body appointed by City Council. It serves as an advisory body to the City Council on matters of cable TV and telecommunications. The Commission's membership and duties can be found here.

Cable TV Franchises

Cable TV franchises outline what is required of a video or cable service provider in exchange for use of the public right-of-way. Iowa City's municipal franchise agreement with Mediacom expired on August 1, 2018. Iowa state law now allows providers to obtain a state-issued franchise in order to operate in any municipality it names within its application for a franchise. The state franchise that Mediacom now holds is non-exclusive, however, no other cable TV service providers currently hold a franchise naming Iowa City as one of their service areas. Cable TV franchises do not include Internet or phone services, even when offered by a cable TV provider.

The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) is the franchising authority for state-issued cable TV franchises. For more information on how to contact the IUB, please visit: https://iub.iowa.gov/utility-complaints-or-inquiries.