The statewide network, known as the North Dakota Statewide Technology Access for Government and Education network (STAGEnet), was created by the 1999 legislative session. The STAGEnet Strategic Goals and Objectives focus on providing broadband connectivity, Internet access, and other networking services. All state agencies, colleges and universities, local government, and K-12 are required to participate in STAGEnet.
Through the STAGEnet Governance Structure, STAGEnet's History has been to proactively adapt to changes in STAGEnet Demographics. Up-to-date information regarding STAGEnet projects and performance is available:
The State of North Dakota’s Information Technology Department along with STAGEnet partners will develop and enhance a statewide network to service its primary consumers. STAGEnet will exist to provide a secure, reliable, and cost-effective network that has the scale and flexibility to support the convergence of data, voice, and video to meet and surpass the business objectives of government and education.
STAGEnet strives as a collaborative spirit to architect an enterprise infrastructure through partnerships with all levels of government and education. In addition, the committee will seek out partnerships with the service provider community in an effort to help deliver equal access throughout North Dakota. Past and future collaborative efforts will continue to provide great opportunities for STAGEnet. Partnering together on strategic data, video, and voice projects will continue to reshape STAGEnet for the future and provide its users an innovative communications infrastructure.
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