NDIT sees the importance and impact of broadband in the 21st century as critical as electricity was in the 20th century.

Consumers need reliable and fast broadband services for communications, education, entertainment, remote access to work and many more services. Businesses rely on broadband services for online retail, telehealth, system monitoring and reporting, financial transactions, marketing, supply chain management, the list goes on and on. The public sector uses broadband for everything from public safety to education to communications and community engagement to running today’s Federal/State/County/Municipal infrastructures.​

​We are proud to have been successful in making North Dakota a state-of-the-art place to live by implementing STAGEnet which focused in bringing 1G services to all public sector anchor tenant locations with the ability to scale to 100G service as needed.

This includes:​

  • All County Courthouses
  • All School Districts​
  • All Higher Education Campuses​
  • All State Government Buildings​


… But we still have a way to go. We know there are still unserved and underserved populations in North Dakota that desperately need attention. With the Grant dollars NDIT has received and expect to receive from the Federal government we are confident we can continue to make progress in providing every address in North Dakota the broadband service it needs for the 21st century and beyond.

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Medium - This covers a comprehensive list of financial assistance and Internet Service programs for eligible families and individuals. This guide provides details on national programs that benefit fixed- and low-income individuals and businesses, by providing heavily discounted internet service and/or free computers. With the use of technology and internet connection being an essential utility for all, we hope this guide will be helpful for your community that are being affected financially.

The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. 

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Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) Resources – Guidance for State Broadband Offices (SBOs) and local digital equity programs on supporting ACP enrollment.

Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) Small Provider Participation Guide – Guidance and timeline designed to support small ISPs in signing up to offer ACP benefits to qualifying customers.

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  • 19th largest state in terms of land area​

    • 70,000+ square miles​

  • 3rd smallest in terms of population​

  •   < 800,000 residents​

  • Rankings:​

    • Top 10 for internet access by US News and World Report​

    • #4 ranking for overall infrastructure​

    • Leads the nation for quality of life​

  • 75+% citizens have access to Gigabit services​

    • 325+ communities​

  • STAGEnet:  All public section anchor tenant locations have a minimum of 1G and can acquire 100G if required. (All County Court Houses, School Districts, Higher Education Campuses, State Government Buildings)​

    • 1st state to achieve 1Gb/s service delivered to every K-12 district​

  • Less than 10,000 serviceable addresses that cannot acquire 1G service​

  • 95.4% of North Dakotan’s have access to 100Mb or greater


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North Dakota Digital Equity Plan Accepted, State to Begin Implementing Plan to Address the Digital Divide

Friday, April 12, 2024

Categories: Broadband, Feature Stories

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has officially accepted North Dakota’s Digital Equity Plan. The Digital Equity Plan, which is aimed at addressing disparities in digital access, skills, and affordability across the state, also provides implementation details for how the State will begin to address the digital divide in North Dakota.

North Dakota BEAD Initial Proposal Volume I Approved, Broadband Map Viewable for Upcoming Challenge Process

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Categories: Broadband, Feature Stories

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has formally approved Volume I of North Dakota’s Initial Proposal for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program.

North Dakota Broadband Equity Access and Deployment Survey: Public Comment Period Closing Soon

Monday, November 20, 2023 at 11:00 pm

Categories: Broadband, Feature Stories, Other

The BEAD and DE programs, established by the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, has allocated more than $130 million to North Dakota for the development of broadband networks and activities which accelerate broadband adoption. 

North Dakota Opens Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Survey: Public Invited to Submit Comments

Monday, October 30, 2023

Categories: Broadband, Feature Stories, Other

As part of the planning process, the public can submit comments on these documents. This inclusive approach aims to gather valuable insights and perspectives to inform the development of the Final Proposal that will aim to address the specific needs and concerns of the community.

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