ND government, schools to get network upgrade

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Being on the cutting edge of technology has been one of Gov. Doug Burgum's goals with his Main Street Initiative. Thursday he announced a 100-gigabit upgrade to the state network for next year. This upgrade will put North Dakota schools on the nation's leading edge of internet connectivity and speed.

North Dakota schools will now have the ability to have 1-gigabit connectivity. The upgrade would provide teachers the opportunity to use robust learning techniques in their classrooms.

"Our resource universities don't compete regionally, they compete globally. Anything that we can do to enhance the attractability of our University systems is a terrific feather in our hats," said Nick Archuleta, President of ND United.

Kirsten Baesler, the State Superintendent, says this new network will let students reach their fullest potential.

And it'll help teachers as well.

"They can use the high definition video for distance education, they can do research, they can download software upgrades, they can take tests and access cloud based curriculum," said Seth Arndorfer, Dakota Carrier Network CEO.

Burgum says if North Dakota wants to be the leaders of the 21st Century, we need to think about connecting every inch of the state with this network, not just the schools.

The upgrade is a two year contact, and it won't cost taxpayers any more money.