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The North Dakota Statewide Technology Access for Government and Education network (STAGEnet) was created by the 1999 legislative session. STAGEnet provides broadband connectivity, Internet access, video conferencing and other networking services. All state agencies, colleges and universities, local government, and K-12 are required to participate in STAGEnet.

STAGEnet is governed as a partnership between government and education. The governance structure consists of three committees. The Executive, Management and Technical committees include representatives from state and local government, K-12, colleges and universities, interactive video network, and voice communication. These committees aid in planning, prioritizing, approving standards and policies, making service level decisions, coordinating among constituencies, communicating, and identifying and providing resources.

The ultimate decision making authority regarding STAGEnet is the lawful responsibility of the North Dakota State CIO as stated in the North Dakota Century Code Chapter 54-59-02.

For more information about the vision and plans for STAGEnet, you can review our Strategic Plan. (1.8Mb pdf)

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