Dakota Carrier Network: Our Roots

In operation since 1996, DCN is owned by 15 independent rural telecommunications companies. Together with us, these owner companies have made significant investments in fiber infrastructure:

  • DCN and our owners have 40,000 miles of fiber optic facilities deployed across North Dakota.
  • Collectively, we employ more than 1,000 people that live in, work in, and give back to our local communities.
  • The owner companies have a collective total plant investment worth more than $1.2 billion, and they have invested more than $100 million per year in fiber construction for each of the last five years.
  • These owner companies represent all the major local independent telephone companies and serve more than 164,000 customers in 250 communities – more than 85 percent of all the exchanges in the state.

North Dakota has been honored by several publications and organizations as having one of the best data networks in the United States. We’re proud to say that the state of North Dakota deploys our network to support a statewide virtual private network, bringing high-speed network technologies to every school district and government body in the state.