City commission moving forward with plans for fiber optic system

The Bismarck City Commission is moving forward with plans for a fiber optic system.

It would connect all city facilities and traffic signals. However, it would cost more than $7 million dollars.

"This would bring everything onto the same network,” commissioner Nancy Guy said. “We'd be able to make adjustments and changes from probably from one central location rather than sending people out into the field."

Commissioners say the cost could be reduced by leasing lines from utility companies that already have lines underground, or work with companies that are already digging underground.