Some Northwest Iowa Schools Without Internet Service

cat 5 rj45 ethernet internet cableNorthwest Iowa — Schools in the northwestern quarter of the state of Iowa that get their internet service through the Iowa Communications Network via Prairie Lakes AEA lost internet service shortly after 11 o’clock this morning.

Steve Meyer of Prairie Lakes AEA says he has been in contact with ICN officials, who tell him that the outage is due to a cut fiber optic cable in the Fort Dodge area.  Meyer says that any school districts that have a backup internet service provider in addition to their service through the AEA are still able to access the internet.  He says the area involved is west of Interstate 35, and north of Highway 20.

Calls to schools in the KIWA listening area indicate that the Sheldon and West Lyon Districts appear to be the only ones who are completely without internet service.

In addition to not having internet service, the affected schools are also without email service, and will not see any emails received after 11:08 this morning, until service is restored.