Dakota and Washington Counties get connected

Earlier this fall I mentioned a conversation with David Asp about Dakota County working with Goodhue County, well according to the St Paul Pioneer Press, Dakota is also finalizing connections with Washington County…

After several years of planning, a fiber-optic network connection between Washington and Dakota counties is set to be installed.

The county’s fiber-optic cables will run from the Cottage Grove service center to the north end of the new Hastings bridge over the Mississippi River.

A main reason for the connection is redundancy…

“It prevents down time, which is a couple hundred thousand dollars of expense if we’re down for even an hour,” said Washington County IT Director Mjyke Nelson. “We have a significant amount of work that depends on the system. … This gives me assurance that if we do have a bad thing happen where fiber is cut, it won’t demobilize the county.”

I think the counties are wise to look at redundancy – although I know in times when finances are tight, it’s difficult to justify an expense that you hope you never really need. However, one quick look at what happened to Best Buy when their website crashed earlier this week is enough to help make the case for an ounce of prevention.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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