IPTV History - 1970s
- The State of Iowa agreed to purchase Channel 11 and all KDPS-TV equipment from the Des Moines School Board. The call letters were changed to KDIN-TV. The network was known as Iowa Educational Broadcasting Network (IEBN).
- KIIN-TV, Channel 12, Iowa City was activated. Friends of IEBN was organized to provide financial assistance to the growing network, develop citizen awareness, and help promote viewing.
- A 55-foot mobile unit was purchased and began operating to facilitate programming in all parts of the state.
- Network headquarters was moved to 2801 Bell Avenue in Des Moines.
- Applications were filed for construction of a tower and transmitter in southwestern Iowa.
- Iowa Educational Broadcasting Network (IEBN) won national Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for "Take Des Moines...Please."
- KRIN-TV, Channel 32, Waterloo, was activated.
- KSIN-TV, Channel 27, Sioux City; KBIN-TV, Channel 32, Council Bluffs; and KHIN-TV, Channel 36, Red Oak, were activated, bringing public television to three new areas of the state.
- The network's name was changed to Iowa Public Broadcasting Network (IPBN) to better define the network's objectives.
- KTIN-TV, Channel 21, Fort Dodge, and KYIN-TV, Channel 24, Mason City, were activated bringing the total number of operating transmitters to eight.
- UHF Channel 33 Translator in Ottumwa was activated. A translator is a low-powered broadcasting facility used to provide coverage to areas lacking a primary signal from a transmitter.
- IPBN Satellite Terminal was installed adjacent to IPBN headquarters. The terminal receives programming directly from PBS via satellite.
- Additional UHF translators were activated: Channel 25, Rock Rapids; Channel 33,Sibley; Channel 54, Keosauqua; Channel 38,Ft. Madison; and Channel 44, Keokuk.
- IPBN celebrated its tenth anniversary.
- The first phase of a three-phase remodeling plan began.