Cole Schippers, a senior at ADM High School, is one of 15 Iowa high school students selected to serve for the 2017-2018 school year on the Statewide Youth Broadband Advisory Council (SYBAC). The council has been established by the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) specifically to engage students on a variety of broadband related topics. Throughout the school year, the students will meet with ICN Executive Leadership to discuss the importance of true high-speed broadband to the next generation. Last year’s students discussed a range of topics including broadband dead zones in schools, cybersecurity, coding, encrypting vs. non-encrypting data, and wireless communication technology. The Council’s focus is about receiving information and feedback from students, who will serve as broadband ambassadors. Meetings of the SYBAC will be held September – May via video conference. To keep updated on the student initiatives visit https://icn.iowa.gov/sybac.