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Amy Dalrymple, Published July 10 2009

High-speed regional computer network to boost opportunities

The area’s research and educational opportunities will be enhanced with a new high-speed regional computer network known as the Northern Tier Network.

University officials and regional lawmakers gathered at North Dakota State University on Thursday to celebrate the state’s participation in the network that connects 13 states.

It will allow universities and other partners to transmit large amounts of data used in research.

North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan, who spoke to the group via video link, said the network is essential to the Red River Valley Research Corridor.

“This unlocks significant opportunity,” Dorgan said. “And this is just a start.”

The network connects the northern states between Michigan and Washington and up to Alaska.

The Internet capabilities are 1,250 times faster than traditional cable Internet.

“It will provide us greater opportunities to fulfill our missions in education, research and outreach,” said North Dakota State University President Joseph Chapman.

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Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590