A North Dakota data network opens a new operations center in Bismarck.
The Dakota Carrier Network provides high speed broadband communication services to every community in the state.
The company that was started in 1996 by 15 independent telecommunications companies now serves more than 164,000 customers in 250 communities across the state.
The network has more than 20,000 miles of fiber optic cable in service and now a brand new operations center in Bismarck.
Governor Jack Dalrymple says DNC's network is what links the state together.
(Governor Jack Dalrymple) "When you think what this means to people in a rural state like North Dakota to have the opportunity to start or operate an Internet based business right in their little small town, maybe even from their farm house, what does that mean to a rural community it means an awful lot."
The 42,000-square-foot operations center will serve as the base for network support and surveillance.
It also helps bring high-speed technology to all of North Dakota's schools and government offices.