Earlier this week, it was  announced that the State of Montana will work with the Montana University System to bring an ultra-high speed telecommunications network to the State. By working together, the State and University System hope to save $500,000 in annual costs while increasing the bandwith and capacity of the shared "core" at the heart of both networks. This new collaboration is an extension of similar partnerships on networking that go back 20 years. The service is expected to increase communication between the University system, State and Local Government, and private enterprise.